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

Step 1 - 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).

Bill of Sale

New Hampshire doesn’t require a bill of sale. Still, it’s a good idea to ask the seller to provide one. It could help you if legal or tax issues come up.

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

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 2 - Test Drive the Car

PrivateAuto makes it easy to schedule a test drive.

Simply open the handy test drive scheduling tool and choose an appointment time that’s suitable for you.

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 - Complete the Purchase

If you can, meet the seller at a town or county clerk’s office to complete the sale. It’s the best way to make sure you don’t miss any details.

You will need to apply for a new title and register the car in your name.


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