If you want to sell your car in North Carolina to a private party rather than a dealer, there are some state-specific rules to follow. This guide will take you through the steps.

Step 1 - Gather Documents

Certificate of Title

Complete the back of the certificate.

  • Name and address - both you and the buyer.
  • Date of sale or delivery.
  • Your hand-printed name and signature.
  • Odometer reading (if the car is less than 10 years old).
  • Damage disclosure.

If there’s no room on the title for the odometer reading or damage disclosure, complete the North Carolina state forms:

You’ll need to have the documents notarized.

Bill of Sale

North Carolina law doesn’t require a bill of sale. But it’s still a good idea for you and the buyer to have copies of one. It can help you both if any legal or tax issues come up.

Be sure to have it notarized.

Your PrivateAuto listing includes electronic forms you can fill out and sign right from the app.

Vehicle History Report

You can show the car’s real value with a favorable history report, especially if:

  • The car has no accidents reported.
  • You take it in for service when it’s due.
  • You’ve cleared all liens.

Step 2 - Arrange a Test Drive

PrivateAuto gives you access to the test drive scheduling tool. Choose a place to meet your customer and select days and times you’re available.

Step 3 - Complete the Deal

Remove the license plates before you hand over the title and keys. You can transfer them to another car you own or return them to the North Carolina DMV.


A lot of private sellers list their cars on several sites. You should too.

But when you have an interested buyer, use PrivateAuto to easily and securely close the sale on your own.