Here are some useful tips for buying a car in Arizona.

Gather Documents

Certificate of Title

Complete the following on the reverse side of the title:

  • Your name and address.
  • Your signature.
  • Seller’s signature.
  • Odometer disclosure if the car is less than 10 years old.

Odometer Statement

Federal law requires both you and the seller to complete the odometer disclosure on the back of the title. Cars 10 years old or more are exempt

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

Bill of Sale

Arizona does not require a bill of sale. However, you may have trouble getting registration and insurance without it.

Sellers on PrivateAuto will have a bill of sale you can sign right from the app.

Research the Title

Search the National Insurance Crimes Bureau website to verify the car:

  • Isn’t reported stolen.
  • Isn’t declared a total loss in an insurance claim.

Mechanical Inspection

You’re buying the car “as-is.” In other words, you are responsible for any repairs. An inspection can reveal if you may need major repairs in the near future.

Find a mechanic with the Master Automotive Technician ASE Certification. This means the mechanic is skilled with most cars and light trucks.

Vehicle History Report

PrivateAuto now partners with AutoCheck to provide you with a vehicle history report.

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

Registering the Car In Your Name

Arizona requires the seller to remove the license plate when the car is sold.

Visit an MVD office or affiliate to register the car in your name. Go online to get a temporary 3-day permit so you can drive the car to the MVD.


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