Here is a handy guide for buying a used car in Indiana.

Gather 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 odometer disclosure on the back of the title.

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

Bill of Sale

Indiana requires the buyer to provide a bill of sale.

When you buy a car through PrivateAuto, the seller will have a bill of sale you can sign directly from the app.

Research the Title

Search the National Insurance Crimes Bureau website to verify the car hasn’t been reported stolen or 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

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

You will need to request a new title and register the car with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).


When you buy a car in Indiana, PrivateAuto gives you everything you need to get the best deal. No one makes it easier.

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