Are car dealers in Rhode Island required by law to handle the registration for a person buying a used car from their dealership?


Asked by Sep 16, 2015 at 07:00 AM about the 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 i Sport

Question type: General

My daughter was told by a Rhode Island dealer that the state law required the
dealer to handle the transfer and registration of the car she purchased and
then proceeded to tack on a document prep fee and several other fees.

8 Answers


Have her try to negotiate the fees out of the deal.

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Like in every other state Sales people are full of it. I pretty sure that is not a law in Rhode Island...They want to add fee's to make more money. Lying to me is not a good thing, if it were me, but this is me, I would walk away from the deal, I HATE LYING PEOPLE !!!

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I don't know the law or specific requirements of a dealer oblations in RI but in California the dealer will include registration and all fees in the sales contract at time of sale. NOT tack them on later. These so-called "Document preparation " fees are nothing but the dealer tacking on every penny they can get. They sell a car then attempt to charge money for their time spent doing paperwork. Tom is right, if it's not too late and already paid

I was typing at the same time as joemom. But bottom line, he is right on

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All states require dealers to complete the paper work so the states get their tax on the sale. Registration is an option in some cases. High fees are however a rip off.

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Thank you so much! Based on this my daughter returned to the dealer and got some of her money back!

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I like a happy ending.

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Me too.

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