Here is a helpful guide from the PrivateAuto staff for buying a used car in New Jersey.

Step 1 - Gather Documents

Certificate of Title

Complete the following on the back of the title:

  • Your name, address, and signature.
  • Seller’s signature.
  • Date of purchase.
  • Odometer reading.

Bill of Sale

New Jersey doesn’t require a bill of sale. Still, ask the seller to provide one. It can help you avoid tax and legal issues later on.

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 reveal important info about the car:

  • Accidents reported.
  • Fire, flood, and storm damage.
  • Maintenance records, and more.

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

Step 2 - Test Drive the Car

When you shop with PrivateAuto, it’s easy to schedule a test drive.

Just open the app and go to the test drive scheduling tool. Choose an appointment time that’s convenient for you.

Step 3 - Get a Mechanical Inspection

Private used car sales are usually “as-is.” That is, you pay for any repairs once you buy the car.

An inspection can reveal hidden mechanical problems.

Work with an ASE Certified mechanic. It means the mechanic is skilled with most cars and light trucks.

Step 4 - Seal the Deal

You and the seller should complete the sale at a New Jersey motor vehicle agency if possible. The MVC doesn’t allow title transfers by mail.

PrivateAuto gives you integrated banking services for safe and instant payment transfer.


When you buy a car in New Jersey, 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.