Here is a handy guide from the PrivateAuto team for buying a used car in Kansas.

Documents You’ll Need

Certificate of Title

Complete the following on the back of the title:

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

Bill of Sale

A bill of sale isn’t required in Kansas as long as you complete the info on the back of the title. It’s still a good idea to have a bill of sale as a legal record of the purchase.

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

A car may look good on the outside, but you want to make sure it’s roadworthy. An inspection can uncover hidden mechanical problems.

If the car has an out-of-state title or it’s an antique later than 1950, Kansas requires you have it inspected at a state inspection station.

If you get a private inspection, work with an ASE Certified mechanic. It means the mechanic is skilled with most cars and light trucks.

Vehicle History Report

PrivateAuto now partners with AutoCheck, the best value in vehicle history reporting.

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

Registering the Car In Your Name

Kansas 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 Kansas Department of Revenue (DOR).


PrivateAuto makes it easy to buy a car in Kansas.

  • Dealer-like services in the palm of your hand.
  • Keeps your private info secure.
  • State-specific documents you can sign straight from the app.

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