Rhode Island has its own unique laws to protect consumers when buying a used car. This guide will help make it simple.
Step 1 - Research the Car’s History
A vehicle history report such as AutoCheck can reveal important details about the car’s past.
- Title liens.
- Reported stolen.
- Maintenance records.
Step 2 - Test Drive the Car
Skip the endless back-and-forth calls and texts when planning a test drive.
You can arrange a test drive right on the platform. Just choose a time and meet the seller at the assigned location.
Step 3 - Get an Inspection
A clean car might have hidden mechanical problems.
Use PrivateAuto’s inspection scheduler to book an inspection with a local ASE certified mechanic.
Step 4 - Get the Paperwork
Certificate of Title
Rhode Island law requires a title for 2001 vehicles or newer. Complete the transfer of title section on the certificate.
- Your name and address.
- Selling price.
- Date of sale.
- Odometer reading.
- Seller’s signature.
- Your signature.
Bill of Sale
Rhode Island requires a bill of sale. You’ll need it for titling and registration.
It should include the following:
- Car’s year, make, and model.
- The vehicle identification number (VIN).
- Selling price.
When you buy from a PrivateAuto seller, you get an electronic bill of sale form and state-specific documents. You can fill them out and sign right in the app.
Step 5 - Complete the Sale
You’ll need to order a new title and register the car.
You can transfer the license plates from a car you recently owned or order new ones.
PrivateAuto makes it easy to shop for a used car in Rhode Island.
- Test drive and inspection scheduling tools.
- Verifies seller ID so you can avoid scams.
- Keeps your info private.
- Ready-to-sign state-specific documents.
Plus, you get tips for buying and selling a car in your state.