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.
- 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.