Quick Answer: How Do You Protect Yourself When Selling A Car Privately?

How do I protect myself when selling a car?

Proper steps to take to protect yourself when selling your used car

  • Fill out your state’s Notice Of Sale form.
  • Don’t let the buyer take your license plates, they must bring their own.
  • Always confirm the person buying your car has a valid driver’s license.
  • Confirm the person buying your vehicle has valid car insurance.

Is it OK to accept cash when selling a car?

Don’t sell them the car. It’s as simple as that. No legitimate buyer is unwilling to go to a bank with you. It’s true if you deposit more than $10,000 in cash your bank has to report the transaction, but this shouldn’t be a concern as long as you keep the paperwork from the sale.

What do you need to do when buying a car privately?


  1. Before seeing the car, look up the fair market value of the vehicle using Kelley Blue Book.
  2. Ask the seller for the mileage on the car so you can do your research.
  3. Ask the seller for service records.
  4. Check the registration.
  5. Deal with local sellers, if possible.
  6. Check the VIN on the car against the paperwork.

How do I sell my car safely?

Here are four tips that will help you sell your car safely.

  • Screen Potential Buyers Before Agreeing to Meet with Them.
  • Meet in a Public Place.
  • Take Precautions on the Test Drive.
  • Be Cautious When Sharing Service Records.