How To Buy a Used Car In Delaware

How To Buy a Used Car In Delaware

Here are some helpful guidelines for buying a car in Delaware

Get Seller Documents

Certificate of Title

You and the seller complete the following on the reverse side of the title:

  • Your name and address.
  • Date of sale.
  • Purchase price.
  • Seller printed name and signature.
  • Your printed name and signature.

Odometer Statement

You and the seller must complete the odometer disclosure on the back of the title. Cars 10 years old or more are exempt.

If there’s no room on the title, complete the Federal Odometer Disclosure Statement.

Bill of Sale

Delaware only requires a bill of sale in certain circumstances. It’s still a good idea to have one so that you and the buyer have a legal record of the transaction.

Sellers on PrivateAuto 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 wasn’t reported stolen or
  • Declared a total loss in an insurance claim.

Mechanical Inspection

After the purchase, you are responsible for the cost of repairs. An inspection can reveal hidden mechanical problems.

A mechanic with the Master Automotive Technician ASE Certification is skilled at inspecting and repairing most cars and light trucks.

Vehicle History Report

PrivateAuto’s new partner, AutoCheck, can provide you with an accurate vehicle history report.

When you buy through PrivateAuto, some sellers may provide you with the report from AutoCheck.

Registering the Car In Your Name

Delaware requires the seller to remove the license plate after the sale.

You’ll need to register with the Delaware DMV for new plates and a new title.


Nobody makes it easier to sell or buy a car in Delaware than PrivateAuto.

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