How To Sell My Car In Rhode Island

How To Sell My Car In Rhode Island

Rhode Island has state-specific rules for selling a used car. Here’s a guide to making the process easy.

Step 1 - Gather Documents

Certificate of Title

Rhode Island law requires you to sign over a title for 2001 vehicles or newer. Complete the transfer of title section on the certificate.

  • Buyer name and address.
  • Selling price.
  • Date of sale.
  • Odometer reading.
  • Buyer’s signature.
  • Your signature.

Bill of Sale

You’re required to provide a bill of sale. The buyer will need it for titling and registration.

It should include the following:

  • Car’s year, make, and model.
  • The vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • Color
  • Selling price.

When you sell with PrivateAuto, you get an electronic bill of sale form and state-specific documents you need. You can fill them out and sign right in the app.

Vehicle History Report

You can show your customer that you’re an honest seller. A vehicle history report can show your car’s true value. PrivateAuto recommends AutoCheck, the best value for the money.

Step 2 - Arrange a Test Drive

Skip the continuous back-and-forth texts and phone calls when planning a test drive. Use PrivateAuto’s test drive scheduler.

Just choose a place to meet your buyer and select days and times you’re available.

Step 3 - Complete the Sale

Remove the license plates before finalizing the sale.

The buyer will need to apply for a new title and register the car.


PrivateAuto makes it easy to sell your car to a private party. You get dealer-like services in the palm of your hand.

  • List your car for free until it’s sold.
  • Free window brochure so you can advertise while you’re on the road.
  • Verifies the buyer’s ID so you can avoid scams.
  • Easy to manage and respond to offers.
  • Free inspection and test drive schedulers.
  • Ready-to-sign state-specific electronic documents.