Here are some helpful tips for buying a used car in Louisiana.

Gather Documents

Certificate of Title

On the reverse side of the title complete the following:

  • Your name and address.
  • Your signature.
  • Seller’s signature.
  • Odometer disclosure (for cars less than 10 years old).

You’ll need to have it notarized.

Odometer Statement

Complete the odometer statement on the title. Cars less than 10 years old are exempt.

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

Bill of Sale

Louisiana requires the seller to provide a notarized bill of sale. It needs to include:

  • Purchase price.
  • Date of purchase.
  • Signatures of you and the seller.

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

The National Insurance Crimes Bureau website will help you verify the car:

  • Isn’t reported stolen.
  • Wasn’t declared a total loss in an insurance claim.

Vehicle History Report

A vehicle history report can show you the car’s maintenance and repair records, collision repair records, flood damage, and more.

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

Mechanical Inspection

The car will need to pass a Louisiana state inspection before you can register it in your name.

You’re buying the car as-is. You’ll want to make sure there aren’t any hidden mechanical problems before you buy.

Work with an ASE Certified mechanic. A mechanic with this credential is skilled with most cars and light trucks.

Registering the Car In Your Name

Louisiana license plates aren’t transferrable.

You’ll need to go to a Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) to register the vehicle and get a temporary permit while waiting for the new plates.


When you buy a car in Louisiana, PrivateAuto makes it easy. You get dealer-like services in the palm of your hand.

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