Affordable used cars abound at Valenti State Line Auto


For many buyers, a used vehicle makes more sense for their budget than a new one. These vehicles can still offer useful features and reliability, and the monthly payments can be much more manageable.

But finding a used vehicle that suits you can sometimes be a challenge. Off-lease models and other vehicles can still carry a high price tag. Brian Gates, director of marketing at Valenti Auto Mall, says dealerships often don’t give much attention to used vehicle sales when new vehicles are selling well. And many businesses focusing on used vehicle sales disappeared during the Great Recession.

Gates says that one of the reasons the Valenti Family of Dealerships decided to open up a used vehicle superstore in Pawcatuck was to make it easier to find a cost-effective car. Instead of hunting for used vehicles on the lots of several different dealerships, buyers can visit one site to see all of Valenti’s used inventory. Valenti State Line Motors has nearly 400 vehicles, including many that fall into the elusive price range of $3,000 to $8,000.

“We listened to our customers and what their needs were,” says Gates.

Valenti State Line Motors recently extended its hours and is now open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The dealership is also open on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Trade-ins of any model are welcome at Valenti State Line Motors. In fact, the dealership advertises that it takes “everything in trade.” Boats, motorcycles, and recreational vehicles are popular trade-ins, but the dealership has also accepted some more unusual trades as well.

“We’ve taken washers and dryers in trade,” says Gates. “We’ve taken a lot of lawn mowers and backhoes.”

Valenti State Line Motors opened last autumn on the site of the former McGill Chevrolet, which was purchased by the Valenti Family of Dealerships. Sean McGill has stayed on as general manager, along with sales manager David Demers. Many of the staff at McGill Chevrolet transferred to Valenti Chevrolet.

Financing is available through the dealership. Gates says Valenti has a good relationship with local banks and is more accommodating when it comes to flexible terms and lower interest rates. He says Valenti State Line Motors is also willing to pay $500 to $3,000 more than its competitors for trade-ins, which can help lower a buyer’s monthly payments considerably.

“We’re selling over 20 vehicles every month now, and every month we’re increasing by one or two vehicles,” says Gates. “Our ultimate goal is to get to 40, 50 cars a month.”

Valenti State Line Motors will be participating in the Valenti Family of Dealerships’ Memorial Day Sales Event. Stop by the dealership at 106 West Broad Street in Pawcatuck.