Used Car Dealerships in RI

Buying a used car has a lot of advantages, and you can definitely get more for less when you go used instead of new. Shannon Motors offers over 200 previously owned vehicles for you to choose from, so your options are wide open. And with our Buy Here Pay Here program, you can get approved for financing no matter what your financial situation is.

Why Buy from RI Used Car Dealerships?

Used Car Dealerships in RI

Save money and get more value. When you buy from used car dealerships in RI, you avoid a lot of extra costs that people typically run into when they buy new.

First, you won’t take a hit for the car’s depreciation. Depreciation is the gap between what you paid the dealer and what the car is actually worth after the first few years. Most new cars depreciate by about 20% as soon as you drive away from the dealership, and they continue to drop 15% each year thereafter.

If you buy a previously owned vehicle, you avoid paying the price for all of that initial depreciation. And that’s not the only way you’ll save. Your insurance and registration fees are based on the current value of your vehicle. Those fees can be extremely high for a new vehicle that still has the retail sticker price on it.

However, if go used, you’ll pay a whole lot less, and then you can put that money toward other important things.

Get the car you want with the features you want. Oftentimes when people buy models straight from the factory, they have to make a lot of compromises. In order to afford the payments, they find themselves cutting back on features they wanted or maybe just going with a base model.

When you buy used, a car with a lot more amenities could be in your financial range. You might not be able to afford all the add-ons new, but you’ll find previously owned vehicles with a lot more options.

Have you always dreamed of having a sunroof or heated seats? Dream big because when you buy used, you get more features for less cash.

Used cars from dealerships are high quality. The great thing about buying late models from used car dealerships in RI is that they have already been thoroughly checked by professionals. In the past, buying used was considered taboo because people assumed that if someone was selling a vehicle after a few years, it must have a lot of problems. But that’s just not how things are anymore.

The cars that are being manufactured now are much higher quality than they were in the past. People lease or buy them new, and then trade them in to put cash toward the latest and greatest model.

So the cars that you find at used car dealerships in RI are typically lightly used, in excellent condition, and ready to drive for many more years. That’s why Shannon Motors happily backs all of their vehicles with warranties.

How Buy Here Pay Here Can Help

Buy Here Pay Here at Used Car Dealers in RIFinancial problems and bad credit can make you feel like you’re out of control. And if you need a new car, but you’re under financial strain, it can be overwhelming or embarrassing. With Buy Here Pay Here, you can get back in the driver’s seat quickly.

Shannon Motors has helped thousands of people come back from credit troubles like repossession and even bankruptcy. Everyone deserves a second chance because we realize that life just happens.

And when you get financing straight from one of our used car dealerships in RI, you can start to rebuild your credit too. Your payments will be reported to the major credit bureaus so you can use your loan as a way up and out of financial distress. We make everything as affordable as possible.

Work with Shannon’s professional staff to determine a monthly payment that’s manageable for you, and get back on the road. From then on, you can make your payments on the website or at the dealership.

Not only is this a great option if you’re having to rebuild your credit, but it also works well for first time buyers or young people who might not have a lot of credit history.

We can get the ball rolling for you. Just bring in a valid driver’s license, your most recent pay stub, a recent phone or utility bill, and your cash down payment and trade title. With that information, we’ll be able to get your financing all set up.

Not quite ready for the commitment of buying at the moment? We also offer Lease Here Pay Here options to give you the flexibility you need.

Shannon Motors Makes it Easy and Stress-Free

Shannon Motors has over 200 vehicles in stock. With plenty of selection to choose from, we know that you’ll find a car that’s just right for you.

Our website has an advanced search tool with multiple fields to help you target the key things you’re looking for in an automotive. If you’d like a little help, you can also use our Vehicle Finder Service.

Fill in the online form to tell us about what you’re trying to find. Then we’ll do the searching for you.

We have three convenient used car dealerships in RI that you can visit to look at specific vehicles or to take one for a test drive. We’re a family-owned and operated business, so you can expect a friendly, low-pressure atmosphere when you come to see us.

Even if you’re coming to work with us because of past credit issues, know that each one of our customers is treated with professionalism and respect because we’re here to serve you.

Our dedication to our customers is one of the reasons we have been given the NEIADA Dealer of the Year award for two years in a row. Your satisfaction means the world to us.

When you buy from one of our used car dealerships in RI, it’s important for you to walk away with peace of mind. That’s why all of our pre-owned vehicles undergo multi-point inspections by trained specialist.

All of our vehicles are also warrantied by us, and we offer lifetime service contracts to make sure that you continue to get where you need to go.

Tips for Buying a Used Car in Rhode Island

Do your research and make a list. When you decide you want to buy a used car, it is essential to check out the most up-to-date information about the value, reliability, and common mechanical issues of the latest used models.

You can refer to lists from credible sources like Kelley Blue Book, Edmunds, and Consumer Reports. They’ve already done the research and have the best information about the pre-owned vehicles you want to look for.

It’s also important to think about what kind of vehicle is going to best meet your needs. Do you need something small and super efficient for commuting? Or do you need something with lots of seating to accommodate the whole family?

Consider what size and layout is optimal, then narrow your search to focus on vehicles within that range.

Ask about the vehicle’s history. When you’re buying from one of the used car dealerships in RI, it’s important to ask questions and find out all you can about any vehicle you are considering. Think about the major things that might affect the car’s long-term performance.

  • Do you have the Carfax report? Has the car ever been in an accident?
  • How many miles does the vehicle have?
  • Do you have any maintenance records?

Take it for a test drive. Not only do you want to make sure that the car runs well, but you also want to be sure that it’s the car for you. Is it comfortable? Do you like how it drives?

If you’re going to invest your money in a vehicle, you should absolutely take the time to choose the right one. If you take it for a test drive, and it just doesn’t feel like the right one, keep exploring.

If you think a car has any sort of performance issue after test driving it, talk to the dealership openly about it. They can help you determine what the issue is, and if something needs to be tweaked, they can take care of it for you.

The Best Used Vehicles under $10,000

2008 Hyundai Sonata RI

Consumer Reports provides a list of the best used vehicles to buy in 2014 for under $10,000. Here are a few different-sized vehicles from the top of the list.

  • Toyota Prius (2004-07): If you’re looking for a vehicle that will give you big savings at the pump, then the Prius is for you. Can you imagine getting around 44 miles per gallon? Think of what you could spend that extra cash on! The Prius is a small car, but it has plenty of room for passengers and cargo. It’s reliability makes it a big win. IHS Automotive found that 95% of Prius models sold since 2004 are still on the road. And when you buy one used, you get all the advantages without having to pay a premium for hybrid technology.
  • Hyundai Sonata (2007-08): Get this sedan at one of our used car dealerships in RI and you’ll have it all. The Sonata is comfortable, reasonably priced, a blast to drive, and it also has great fuel economy. Kelley Blue Book notes that it has a stylish appearance, and being behind the wheel is fun. Consumer reviews add that the Sonata is really dependable and very low maintenance. Plus you can feel protected when you hit the road with friends or family. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration gave it a five-star crash-test rating.
  • Mitsubishi Outlander (2007): If you need something bigger than a sedan, Consumer Reports recommends the Outlander. Edmunds gives this small SUV four out of five stars and says that it “offers an entertaining driving experience.” It has a third-row seat so you can fit the whole gang, and there’s plenty of space for cargo in the back. Consumers who have purchased this model say that it is affordable, problem-free, and allows for a lot of versatility because of its size.


Have questions or feel ready to start searching for your next vehicle? Use our live chat, give us a call, or come on down to one of our three RI locations. We would love to help you find the perfect pre-owned vehicle. Join the thousands who have relied on Shannon Motors to get them on the road. We offer great options for any budget.