Here are some useful tips for buying a car in Kentucky

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

Kentucky doesn’t require a bill of sale. It’s still a good idea to have one to avoid confusion later on.

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.
  • Isn’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 tell you if there may be major repairs in the near future.

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

You and the seller will need to go together to a Kentucky county clerk’s office to finalize the sale. You’ll need to provide:

  • Proof of insurance.
  • Photo ID.
  • Title completed on back.
  • Payment for fees.


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

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