The PrivateAuto team has put together this handy guide to make it easy to buy a car in Massachusetts.

Step 1 - Get Documents

Certificate of Title

Complete the title assignment section on the back of the title.

  • Date of the sale.
  • Purchase price.
  • Buyer’s name, address, and signature.
  • Your name, address, and signature.
  • Odometer reading.

Bill of Sale

A bill of sale isn’t required in Massachusetts.

But it’s a good idea to have a record of the transaction. If you find that you need to invoke Massachusetts’ private party lemon law, a bill of sale will provide proof of purchase.

Vehicle History Report

A vehicle history report can show you:

  • Maintenance and repair records.
  • Accidents.
  • Flood damage, and more.

When you buy through PrivateAuto, some sellers may provide a report from AutoCheck.

Step 2 - Test Drive the Car

When you shop with PrivateAuto, you can schedule a test drive from the platform. It shows you the location to meet the seller and you can choose from available times.

Step 3 - Get an Inspection

The Massachusetts lemon law can protect you if:

  • The car has serious mechanical problems and
  • You have evidence that the seller knew about them.

It’s better to find hidden problems ahead of time.

Look for a mechanic with the Master Automotive Technician ASE Certification. A mechanic with this credential is skilled at inspecting and repairing most cars and light trucks.

Step 4 - Complete the Deal

If you can, close the deal at a Registry of Motor Vehicles location. It’s the best way to make sure all the paperwork is in order.

When you buy from a PrivateAuto Premium seller, you can securely transfer payment.


PrivateAuto makes it easy to buy a car in Massachusetts.

  • Keeps your private info safe.
  • Schedule a test drive from the platform.
  • Complete and sign state-specific documents right from the app.