Here is a useful guide from the staff at PrivateAuto. It includes helpful tips for buying a used car in Hawaii.

Gathering the Documents

Certificate of Title

Complete the following on the reverse side of the title:

  • Your name and address.
  • Your signature.
  • Seller’s signature.
  • Odometer disclosure if the car is less than 10 years old.

Odometer Statement

You and the seller need to complete the odometer disclosure on the back of the title. Cars older than 10 years are exempt.

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

Bill of Sale

Hawaii only requires a bill of sale under certain conditions. Yet, it’s a good idea to have a legal record of the 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.
  • Wasn’t 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 uncover hidden mechanical problems.

Find a mechanic with the Master Automotive Technician ASE Certification. It 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

Hawaii requires the seller to remove the license plates before finalizing the sale.

You will need to register the car and apply for a new title and license plates at your county’s DMV.


When you buy a car in Hawaii, PrivateAuto gives you everything you need to get the best deal. You get dealer-like services without the dealer.