West Virginia has laws to protect residents when buying a car from a private seller. Here are some tips for safe car buying.
Step 1 - Gather Documents
Certificate of Title
Complete the Assignment of Certificate of Title on the back.
- Your name and address
- Odometer reading (cars less than 10 years old).
- Seller’s signature and printed name.
- Sales price and date of sale.
- Your signature and printed name.
Bill of Sale
West Virginia requires a bill of sale (DVM-7-TR). You’ll need to have all copies notarized.
When you buy from a PrivateAuto seller, you get an electronic bill of sale. You can complete and sign straight from the app.
Step 2 - Get a Vehicle History Report
A vehicle history report can show you:
- Maintenance and repair records.
- Title liens.
- Reported stolen.
With PrivateAuto partner AutoCheck, you get a complete picture of the car’s history. It’s the best value for the money.
Step 3 - Get a Mechanical Inspection
When you buy from a private seller, there’s no warranty. You're buying the car as-is.
A mechanical inspection can uncover hidden mechanical problems.
Look for an ASE Certified mechanic. It shows that the mechanic is skilled at inspecting and repairing most cars and light trucks.
Step 4 - Complete the Purchase
You’ll owe sales tax on the car. You need to show the bill of sale and a copy of your driver’s license and the seller’s driver’s license.
You need to apply for a new title and register the car. You also need to order license plates, and get insurance.
If you’re looking to buy a car in West Virginia, PrivateAuto makes it easy. You get dealer-like services Without the dealer.
- Verifies seller identity so you can avoid scams.
- Schedule inspections and test drives.
- State-specific electronic documents you can sign from the app.