How To Sell My Car In Ohio

How To Sell My Car In Ohio

Ohio has its own set of rules for selling a used car. This guide will help you through the process.

Step 1 - Gather Documents

Certificate of Title

Complete the “assignment of ownership” section on the back of the certificate.

  • Buyer name and address.
  • Selling price.
  • Date of sale.
  • Odometer reading.
  • Buyer’s signature.
  • Your signature.

A deputy clerk or notary public needs to verify the fields are filled in correctly and witness your signature.

Your PrivateAuto listing includes forms specific to Ohio. You can complete and sign them straight from the app.

Bill of Sale

Ohio doesn’t require a bill of sale. It’s a good idea to have one anyway. It can help if any tax or legal issues come up.

Vehicle History Report

A vehicle history report, such as one from AutoCheck, can show the value of your car. It’s especially useful if:

  • There are no reported accidents.
  • You took your car in for services when they were due.

Step 2 - Arrange a Test Drive

There’s no need for endless back-and-forth texts and phone calls when arranging a test drive. Use PrivateAuto’s test drive scheduler.

You only need to choose a place to meet your buyer and select days and times you’re available.

Step 3 - Complete the Sale

Remove the license plates before finalizing the sale.

The buyer will need to register the car and apply for a new title. He or she will also need to pay sales taxes.


PrivateAuto makes it easy to sell your car.

  • Free window brochure so you can advertise while you’re on the road.
  • Verifies the buyer’s identity so you can avoid scams.
  • Easy to manage and respond to offers.
  • Convenient inspection and test drive schedulers.
  • Ready-to-sign state-specific electronic documents.

Plus, you get tips for selling a car in your state.