If you’re buying a used car from a private seller in North Carolina, there are some state-specific rules. This guide will make shopping for a used car simple.

Step 1 - Research the Car’s History

PrivateAuto now partners with AutoCheck. It’s the vehicle history report that delivers the best value for the price. It can show you a lot about the car’s history.

  • Accidents reported.
  • Liens on the title.
  • Maintenance records.

Step 2 - Test Drive the Car

When you shop with PrivateAuto, you can schedule a test drive right on the platform. No more endless back-and-forth texts and phone calls.

Choose from the available times and meet the seller at the designated location.

Step 3 - Get an Inspection

An inspection can uncover hidden mechanical problems.

With PrivateAuto, you can schedule an inspection with a local ASE certified mechanic right from the app.

Step 4 - Complete the Paperwork

Certificate of Title

Complete the back of the certificate.

  • Name and address - both you and the buyer.
  • Date of sale or delivery.
  • Your hand-printed name and signature.
  • Odometer reading (if the car is less than 10 years old).
  • Damage disclosure.

You’ll need to have it notarized.

Bill of Sale

North Carolina law doesn’t require a bill of sale. But it’s still a good idea to have it. It can help if any legal or tax issues come up.

Be sure to have it notarized.

Step 5 - Complete the Deal

You still have a couple of items of business:


PrivateAuto makes it easy to shop for a used car from a private party.

  • Keeps your private info safe.
  • Verifies seller ID so you can avoid scams.
  • State-specific electronic documents.
  • Test drive and inspection scheduling tools.

Find Your Ideal Car