South Carolina has laws to protect consumers when buying a used car. This guide will help simplify the process.

Step 1 - Research the Car’s History

You can learn important details about a car’s past with a vehicle history report.

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

PrivateAuto recommends AutoCheck. They offer the best value for the money.

Step 2 - Test Drive the Car

Put an end to the maddening back-and-forth calls and texts when planning a test drive.

Use the PrivateAuto test drive scheduling tool. Just choose a time and meet the seller at the specified location.

Step 3 - Get an Inspection

A car might look clean on the outside and still have hidden mechanical problems.

Book an inspection with a local ASE certified mechanic. It’s easy with PrivateAuto’s inspection scheduler.

Step 4 - Get the Paperwork

Certificate of Title

You will need to complete the back of the certificate.

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

Bill of Sale

South Carolina doesn’t require a bill of sale. It’s a good idea to have one anyway. It can help if any tax or legal issues come up.

When you buy from a PrivateAuto seller, you get a ready-to-sign electronic bill of sale. Plus, you also get state-specific electronic documents.

Step 5 - Complete the Sale

The seller will remove the license plates before finalizing the sale. You’ll need to register the car and order new plates and title.


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

  • Verifies seller ID so you can avoid scams.
  • Keeps your info private.
  • Test drive and inspection scheduling tools.
  • Ready-to-sign state-specific documents.

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