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

Step 1 - Gather Documents

Certificate of Title

On the reverse side of the title complete the following:

  • Odometer reading.
  • Purchase price.
  • Car model.
  • Your name and address.
  • Your signature.
  • Seller’s signature.

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

Bill of Sale

Mississippi doesn’t require a bill of sale unless there’s no room for the purchase price on the title. You may still want one so that you have a legal record.

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

Step 2 - Get a 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.

Step 3 - Get a Mechanical Inspection

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.

Step 4 - Finalize the Purchase

Mississippi license plates aren’t transferrable.

You’ll need to order plates and get a temporary permit from a Mississippi Department of Revenue (DOR) office.

When you buy from a PrivateAuto Premium seller, you can make a secure payment from the platform.


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

  • State-specific document you can complete in the app.
  • AutoCheck vehicle history report.
  • Integrated banking services for secure payment.