Tennessee has a few unique rules for buying a used car from a private seller. This handy guide will make things simpler.
Step 1 - Research the Car’s History
The car’s history can reveal things that might lower the car’s value.
- Reported stolen.
- Accidents/total loss.
PrivateAuto’s trusted partner, AutoCheck, gives the best value for the money.
Step 2 - Test Drive the Car
Put an end to the never-ending calls, emails, and texts when you arrange a test drive. Use the PrivateAuto test drive scheduling tool instead.
Just choose a time and meet the seller at the assigned location.
Step 3 - Get an Inspection
A vehicle inspection can reveal hidden mechanical problems.
With the PrivateAuto inspection scheduler, you can book an inspection with a local ASE certified mechanic.
Step 4 - Get the Paperwork
Certificate of Title
Complete the Assignment of Title by Registered Owner section on the back of the certificate.
- Odometer disclosure.
- Seller’s hand-printed name, signature, and address.
- Date of sale.
- Selling price.
- Your hand-printed name and signature.
Any white-out, erasures, or scratch-outs void the title.
If you make a mistake, you’ll need to order a duplicate.
Bill of Sale
Tennessee doesn’t require a bill of sale. It’s still a good idea to get one from the seller. It’s legal proof of transfer of ownership.
When you buy from a PrivateAuto seller, you get an electronic bill of sale form. You can fill it out and sign right in the app.
Step 5 - Complete the Sale
If you can, finalize the sale at a county clerk’s office. It’s the best way to make sure you meet all the requirements.
PrivateAuto makes it easy to buy a used car in Tennessee.
- Schedule test drives and inspections.
- Keeps your info private.
- Verifies seller ID so you can avoid scams.
- Ready-to-sign state-specific documents.