How do I buy a used car in Maryland?

I just moved to Maryland and I’m looking to get a vehicle. I’m unfamiliar with car buying rules here and I don’t know anyone in the area to help. How do I buy a used car in Maryland?

Congrats on the move! To buy a used vehicle in Maryland, you just need to fill out the right paperwork, have a quick inspection, and register the car in your name.
The first step to buying a used car in Maryland is to gather the necessary paperwork. This includes:
  • Certificate of Title, which needs to be filled out with both your and the seller’s information.
  • Odometer statement, unless the car is over ten years old.
  • Bill of Sale, which must be notarized if the car is less than seven years old.
Next, you’ll want to research the vehicle. This can help you verify that the vehicle hasn’t been stolen or involved in any accidents that the seller may not have disclosed.
A mechanical inspection is also required before you can register the vehicle in your name. You can visit a mechanic to make sure the vehicle will pass before you purchase if the seller is willing to coordinate this with you.
Lastly, you can register the car in your name. This requires you to take a trip to the MVA and complete a title transfer for the vehicle. Make sure to bring:
Just like that, you can legally take ownership of the vehicle! If you need help finding a new car insurance policy to cover your ride, download the Jerry app. Jerry provides you with personalized quotes from over 50 of the nation’s leading providers, including Nationwide, Allstate, and Travelers, in minutes for free. The average Jerry driver saves $879 a year on car insurance!
Good luck!
Matthew Macgugan
Answered on Nov 17, 2021

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