Here are some useful tips for buying a car in Alabama.
Gathering the Documents
Certificate of Title
Complete the following on the reverse side of the title:
- Your name and address.
- Your signature.
- Signature of all sellers. If there’s more than one owner, all must sign.
- Odometer disclosure if the car is less than 10 years old.
If the car is less than 10 years old, Federal law requires both you and the seller to complete the Conforming Odometer Statement on the back of the title.
If there’s no room on the title, complete the Federal Odometer Disclosure Statement.
Bill of Sale
When you buy a car through PrivateAuto, the seller will have a bill of sale you can sign right from the app.
Research the Title
Search the National Insurance Crimes Bureau website to verify the car:
- Isn’t reported stolen.
- Isn't declared a total loss in an insurance claim.
You’re buying the car “as-is.” In other words, you are responsible for any repairs. An inspection can tell you if there may be major repairs in the near future.
Find a mechanic with the Master Automotive Technician ASE Certification. This means the mechanic is skilled with most cars and light trucks.
Vehicle History Report
PrivateAuto now partners with AutoCheck to provide you with a vehicle history report.
When you buy through PrivateAuto, some sellers may provide the AutoCheck report.
Registering the Car In Your Name
Alabama requires the seller to remove the license plates before finalizing the sale.
When you buy a car in Alabama, PrivateAuto gives you everything you need to close the sale on your own.