How To Sell My Car In Tennessee

How To Sell My Car In Tennessee

Tennessee has unique rules for selling a used car. The PrivateAuto team put together this guide to simplify the process.

Step 1 - Gather Documents

Certificate of Title

Complete the Assignment of Title by Registered Owner section on the back of the certificate.

  • Odometer disclosure.
  • Your hand-printed name, signature and address.
  • Date of sale.
  • Selling price.
  • Buyer’s hand-printed name and signature.

You can’t have any white-out, erasures, or scratch outs. They void the title.

If you make a mistake, you’ll need to order a duplicate.

Bill of Sale

Tennessee doesn’t require a bill of sale. It’s a good idea to provide one anyway.

Keep a copy for yourself. It’s legal proof of transfer of ownership.

With your PrivateAuto listing, you get an electronic bill of sale form and state-specific documents. Fill them out and sign right in the app.

Vehicle History Report

It’s the buyer’s responsibility to research the car’s history.

But you can show that you’re a trustworthy seller if you provide one. PrivateAuto recommends AutoCheck, the best value for the money.

Step 2 - Arrange a Test Drive

Skip the endless phone calls, emails, and texts when you arrange a test drive. Instead, use PrivateAuto’s test drive scheduler.

Nothing could be easier - choose a place to meet and select days and times you’re available.

Step 3 - Complete the Sale

If you can, finalize the sale at a county clerk’s office. It’s the best way to make sure you meet all the requirements.

Remove the license plates before you hand over the keys and title.


PrivateAuto makes it easy to sell your car.

  • Advertise your car until sold.
  • Interact with buyers without revealing your personal info.
  • Free window brochure so you can advertise on the road.
  • Easy to manage and respond to offers.

Plus, you get ready-to-sign electronic documents for your state.