Oregon has unique rules for buying a used car from a private seller. This guide will help simplify the process.

Step 1 - Research the Car’s History

You’ll want to know about the car’s past before making an offer.

  • Title liens.
  • Accidents.
  • Reported stolen.
  • Maintenance records.

A vehicle history report such as AutoCheck can reveal these and more.

Step 2 - Test Drive the Car

A test drive is the best way to see if the car’s a good fit for you.

With PrivateAuto, you can schedule a test drive right on the platform. Just choose a time and meet the seller at the assigned location.

Step 3 - Get an Inspection

An inspection can reveal hidden mechanical problems.

Use PrivateAuto’s inspection scheduler to book an inspection with a local ASE certified mechanic.

Step 4 - Get the Paperwork

Certificate of Title

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

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

Bill of Sale

A bill of sale is optional in Oregon. It’s still a good idea to ask the seller to provide one. It could help if any tax or legal issues come up.

When you buy from a PrivateAuto seller, you get an electronic bill of sale and state-specific documents you need. You can fill them out and sign right in the app.

Step 5 - Complete the Sale

You still need to complete a few business items with the Oregon DMV:

  • Register the car.
  • Apply for a new title.
  • Pay fees.


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

  • State-specific electronic documents you can sign straight from the app.
  • Keeps your personal info private.
  • Test drive and inspection scheduling tools.
  • Verifies seller ID so you can avoid scams.

Plus, you get tips for buying a used car in your state.