Here’s a handy guide to help you navigate the rules for selling a used car in Missouri.
Step 1 - Gather the Documents
Certificate of Title
Complete the Assignment of Title section by hand.
- Buyer’s name and address.
- Date of sale.
- Vehicle model.
- Odometer reading (cars 10 years old or more are exempt).
- Hand-printed names and signatures (yours and the buyer’s).
If the odometer reading is not the actual miles, you must submit an explanation of the discrepancy. You can use the form Odometer Statement of Explanation (Form 1545).
Safety Inspection and Emissions Inspection Certificates
The car needs to pass a safety inspection at an authorized Missouri inspection station. The Certificate of Inspection and Approval is valid for 60 days.
Some parts of Missouri also require an emissions inspection.
- St. Louis City.
- St. Louis County.
- St. Charles County.
- Franklin County.
- Jefferson County.
With PrivateAuto, you can schedule an inspection right on the platform.
Notice of Sale or Bill of sale
You must report the sale to the Missouri Department of Revenue within 30 days.
When you sell with PrivateAuto, you get state-specific forms that you can complete straight from the app.
Step 2- Schedule a Test Drive
When you list your car with PrivateAuto, you get access to the handy test drive scheduling tool.
You only need to determine a place to meet with prospects and select days and times you’re available.
Step 3 - Complete the Sale
The license plates are not transferable. Be sure to remove them before you hand over the title and the keys.
When you use PrivateAuto Premium, you can securely verify and transfer funds.