How to Sell a Car in Ohio

by Jamie Lisse ; Updated July 27, 2017

Regardless of the age or condition of your car, a time may come when you want to sell your vehicle. Instead of trading in your car at a local car dealership, you can handle the entire sale on your own. Doing so allows you to control the amount of money that you get in return for the vehicle. Ohio only requires that you complete the title transfer in the presence of a notary.

Step 1

Assess the value of your car by entering the vehicle's details and your zip code on the NADA Guides or Kelley Blue Book website.

Step 2

Look for similar vehicles listed for sale in your local newspaper. Use the prices listed in the local ads and the vehicle's assessed value to determine a selling price for your vehicle. If your vehicle has any damage, it will lower the amount you can sell the car for.

Step 3

Take photos of the car and list it for sale in online and offline publications. Use your local paper and websites such as Auto Trader, Craigslist and eBay Motors. Prices vary for posting the ad. Include a description of the vehicle and your contact information in the ad.

Step 4

Show the car to interested buyers, including offering a test drive.

Step 5

Remove the license plates and complete a bill of sale. The bill of sale records the transaction. You can find a sample on the Public Legal Forms website. The buyer gets the original bill of sale and you keep a copy of it.

Step 6

Sign the back of your car title to transfer ownership of the car. The back of the car title must be signed by you in the presence of a notary and you must complete the odometer reading section of the title.

About the Author

Jamie Lisse has been writing professionally since 1997. She has published works with a number of online and print publishers. Her areas of expertise include finance and accounting, travel, entertainment, digital media and technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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