Powell Motors in Portland, OR

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Powell Motors specializes in quality new & used vehicles. We strive to operate our business with integrity and honesty and treat our customers with respect. All of our vehicles are thoroughly inspected and serviced by independent mechanical shops. We also detail our vehicles and repair cosmetic blemishes.


Established in 1933.

Vin Powell Senior opened his first car lot in 1933, after graduating from Benson High selling cars for $4-$8. Today, Vin's son Vince Jr. runs the family business. While everyone at Powell Motors keeps up with the latest in automotive trends and technology, there's one thing we haven't "modernized" - our commitment to providing the exceptional personal service our customers desire and deservce. We are not your typical car dealership. We are actually here to help!

Powell Motors

Dealer Info:

Phone(s):(503) 233-4889
Address:226 NE Grand Ave, Portland, OR, 97232
  • Monday: 8:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 8:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday: 8:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Reviews on Powell Motors

Nathan V. | 2015-02-08

They have impeccably clean used cars. Low pressure sales and very high quality cars. Forget about bluebook prices. They are seemingly irrelevant here. But that could be said for most other places. I have been to a lot of used car lots and you can really see why this one received Dealer of the Year.

Alicia T. | 2014-10-20

Good customer service and we love our new car. They even washed the car and put more gas in it. They also gave us a recommendation on where to sell our old car for parts.

Bob R. | 2014-08-12

I just bought my second car from Powell Motors and I highly recommend them.  I worked with Israel both times and he was friendly, easy going, and diligent in his follow up when needed.  I chose Powell Motors because my father-in-law has worked with them for many years and he recommended them.  He told me what sets Powell Motors apart is that they do a lot of research on vehicles before they purchase them so they only get the best, and then they invest in them to bring them up to the highest quality standard.  Each of the vehicles I bought was for my daughter to drive, so quality was the most important aspect to me.  And I can truly say I have found it to be true.  You might find a cheaper version of the same vehicle somewhere else, but if you want to purchase from a dealer who will get you a great vehicle and make the buying experience easy, then choose Powell Motors!

Russ F. | 2014-08-06

If you are in the market for a new used car GO HERE.
They have honesty and integrity that is simply nonexistent elsewhere. I sound like a television commercial or something I know but you may buy from these guys with ABSOLUTE CONFIDENCE that they have done EVERYTHING in their power to make sure the used car they sell you is practically in NEW condition. It's amazing.
There's NONE of this "the brakes fell apart 5 miles down the road" crap that happens elsewhere. That kind of stuff is just rampant in the PDX area but not at Powells.
This was our second purchase from them and we'll be back.
To illustrate the level of honesty and attention to detail let me just tell you about this...............when we bought the car, Vince opened the back and in the 3rd row headrest (Ford Expedition) showed me a TINY broken plastic thingy down inside the deal by the deal. Honestly I couldn't even tell what exactly was broken lol. Seriously. I NEVER would have even known about this little teeny part but Vince is so OBSESSED with his vehicles being in PERFECT condition that he showed me this thingy and told me he had already ordered this part and would call me when it arrived so I could bring the car back in and he would fix it. I was just shaking my head and chuckling to myself. I wouldn't have known something back there needed this fix in probably EVER.
So as you've probably gathered the car was "detailed" to the NINES and in top working order and I cannot recommend this business highly enough.
Vince and Israel are the BEST. And that's service and integrity you just will not find at some dealership on 82nd. or McLoughlin. I doubt it. It's kinda like the difference between buying a car from your folks vs. some sketchy guy on the corner. Go with Vince. You won't be sorry.

Chris H. | 2014-01-11

While I did not purchase a car here I did take a look and will make my next purchase here.

Very friendly and honest owners.  Went in to look at a car and he brought me in to show me a folder with not only the car fax but all the work that was done.

liked that they were very open and honest and they seem to go above and beyond with the cars they have.

I'll update this review when ever I buy from them,

Dianne W. | 2013-12-12

I am so glad I found Powell Motors.  I came from out of state to buy a car for my daughter attending school in Portland.  I only had two days so I did lots of research online and narrowed it down to a car at Powell and one other.  Israel took care of a lot of business before I even got there.  He came and got us (even offered to come to the airport to get me!), enjoyed a scenic test ride (nice hill Israel...let's do it next time when it is covered in snow), and then we took it off for a pre-purchase inspection which the car passed with flying colors. In fact the mechanic (one I found independent of Powell Motors) said I hit the jackpot with this car.   I handed over the check and Israel did all the paperwork to move the title. Then as a special touch Vince did a wonderful sign for my daughter that incorporated her name and other little drawings that showed he listened to us as customers.  The car was cleaned (it was clean enough but they cleaned it), put gas in the car, and waved us off.  By the way, the showroom/office is great fun.   Great mural on the wall showing the history of Powell Motors and autos, and cute stuff to keep the kids entertained.  Someone has put a lot of thought and attention to the details which is much appreciated.

Amanda A. | 2013-03-12

Powell motors is a great place to go! They are very honest and fix any problems there may be with a car. They don't just shine up their cars and put them out there. Your paying for quality and awesome service! My family has been going there for years and will continue to do so! I can't wait to get my new car tomorrow!

Betty F. | 2013-03-10

After an unexpected accident last week, I found myself in search of a good used car.  Not only did I find a clean, low mileage car, I also found a business that treats customers right and exudes integrity.  Vince and Israel are knowledgeable, fair and honest.  I would highly recommend Powell Motors to anyone looking for new or used autos.

Mike H. | 2013-03-09

I have purchased four cars from Powell Motors, and have experienced outstanding service every time.  They are honest, and work hard to make sure you are getting a quality car at a fair price.  I would recommend them to anyone looking for a car.

LaNae L. | 2012-10-03

Buying my car from Powell's motors was the best car buying experience I have ever had. It was like taking a step back in time to the 70's when people actually cared if you got what you wanted in a car and gave you a fair deal.  It is a family owned business and it feels like you're a part of the family. They didn't pressure me, they asked lots of questions about what I was looking for and when I found it they let me take as much time to look it over. I took it to my mechanic it checked out fine. Powell's had a long history of the car I want with the paperwork. When it came time to talk money they were pretty straight forward and reasonable. I didn't have a lot of time when I first came by to look and they did take my car out for a quick test run for a quoit. When I came back to make an offer they gave me a # on the trade-in and then found out it made a knock (It sounded like a high mileage car to me.) Had they heard that first the offer would have been a bit lower. They however, kept with the original quoit. I got a fair deal, walked away feeling good about myself and them. They even hand washed it for me and had a little thank you gift. It really was a great experience. I would go back and I do tell everyone.