Texas has unique laws for buying a used car from a private party. This guide will help you through the steps.
Step 1 - Research the Car’s History
Find out the car’s real value with a history report.
- Reported stolen.
- Accidents/total loss.
- Maintenance records.
PrivateAuto’s trusted partner, AutoCheck, offers the best value for the money.
Step 2 - Test Drive the Car
Arranging a test drive often leads to never-ending calls, emails, and texts. Use the PrivateAuto test drive scheduling tool instead.
Simply choose a time and meet the seller at the designated location.
Step 3 - Get an Inspection
A vehicle inspection can reveal hidden mechanical problems.
Use the PrivateAuto inspection tool to schedule an inspection with a local ASE certified mechanic.
Step 4 - Get the Paperwork
Certificate of Title
Complete the Assignment of Title section on the back of the certificate.
- Your name and address.
- Date of sale.
- Odometer disclosure.
- Your signature.
- Seller’s signature.
Bill of Sale
Texas 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 straight from the app.
Step 5 - Complete the Sale
If you can, finalize the sale at a county tax office. It’s the best way to avoid unwanted surprises.
You will need to show proof of insurance when you register and apply for a title. Also, you’ll owe a 6.25% motor vehicle sales tax.
With PrivateAuto, it’s easy to buy a used car in Texas.
- Keeps your info private.
- Verifies seller ID so you can avoid scams.
- Schedule test drives and inspections.
- Ready-to-sign state-specific documents.
Plus, you get free tips for buying and selling a used car in your state.