How To Buy a Car in Ohio

How To Buy a Car in Ohio

There are some state-specific rules for buying a used car from a private seller in Ohio. This guide will make shopping for a used car easy.

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Step 1 - Research the Car’s History

PrivateAuto now partners with AutoCheck. It’s the vehicle history report that offers 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

You can schedule a test drive right on the PrivateAuto platform. No more endless back-and-forth texts and phone calls.

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

Step 3 - Get an Inspection

An inspection can uncover hidden mechanical problems.

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

Step 4 - Complete the Paperwork

Certificate of Title

Complete the “assignment of ownership” section on the back of the certificate.

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

A deputy clerk or notary public needs to verify the fields are filled in correctly and witness your signature.

Your PrivateAuto listing includes forms specific to Ohio. You can complete and sign them straight from the app.

Bill of Sale

Ohio 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.

Step 5 - Complete the Deal

There are a couple of items of business left:

  • Register the car and apply for a new title.
  • Pay taxes and fees.


When you shop for a used car with PrivateAuto, you get dealer-like services in the palm of your hand.

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

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