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

Step 1 - 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.

Bill of Sale

A bill of sale is optional in Montana. You might consider asking the seller for one anyway. It can help you if any legal or tax issues come up.

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

Vehicle History Report

A vehicle history report offers valuable info.

  • Whether the car was reported stolen.
  • If it was in an accident.
  • If the title has a lien.
  • Maintenance records.

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

Step 2 - Test Drive the Car

When you shop with PrivateAuto, you get access to the handy test drive scheduling tool. Just choose from available appointments.

Step 3 - Get a 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.

Step 4 - Complete the Purchase

If you can, complete the purchase with the seller at a Montana Motor Vehicles Division office. It’s the best way to make sure you have everything in order.

  • Order a new title.
  • Register the car and order new license plates.
  • Get temporary tags.

When you buy from a PrivateAuto seller, the integrated banking services let you securely transfer funds.


When you buy a car in Montana, PrivateAuto gives you all the tools to close the sale on your own.