Here are some useful tips for buying a car in Alaska.

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.

Odometer Statement

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

Alaska requires a bill of sale. You can download a bill of sale form on the Alaska DMV website.

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.
  • Declared a total loss in an insurance claim.

Mechanical Inspection

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

The license plates stay with the car. To transfer standard plates to you, submit the Application for Title and Registration (Form 812) to the DMV.


Nobody makes buying a car in Alaska easier than PrivateAuto. You get everything you need to get the best deal on the car that’s right for you.

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