Here are some helpful tips from the PrivateAuto team for buying a used car in Virginia.

Step 1 - Gather Documents

Certificate of Title

Complete Section A - Assignment of Title By Owner. It’s at the bottom on the front of the title.

  • Your name and address.
  • Odometer reading.
  • Date of purchase and price.
  • Signature and printed names of the seller and you.

Bill of Sale

Virginia  law requires you to certify purchase price if the car is more than 5 years old. Recording the price in Section A on the title is good enough.

But it’s still a good idea to get a bill of sale or the Virginia Vehicle Price Certification form as proof of purchase.

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.

PrivateAuto partner AutoCheck gathers data from Experian. You get a complete picture of the car’s history.

Step 3 - Get a Mechanical Inspection

You’re buying the car without any warranty. You’ll want to make sure there aren’t any hidden mechanical problems.

An ASE Certified mechanic is skilled at inspecting and repairing most cars and light trucks.

Step 4 - Finalize the Purchase

After the purchase, you will need to:

  • Get insurance or pay the $500 uninsured motorist fee.
  • Apply for a new title.
  • Register and buy license plates.
  • Get a vehicle safety inspection sticker.


PrivateAuto makes it easy to buy a car in Virginia. You get dealer-like services in the palm of your hand.

  • State-specific documents you can complete in the app.
  • Verifies seller identity so you can avoid scams.
  • Free guides for buying and selling in your state.