SACRAMENTO – The Retail Sale of a Vehicle to the Public has become a complicated compliance puzzle for California Car Dealers. We have assembled the following Compliance Checklist to assist dealers & salespersons to get it right every time. When preparing a car for sale, prior to offering the vehicle for sale to the public make sure you have the following documents completed & ready for presentation to the buyer:
Federal Buyers Guide
NMVTIS Vehicle History Report
Division 12 Safety Inspection by a Licensed Mechanic
Smog Inspection & Certificate less than Two ( 2 ) Years Old
Safety Recall Disclosure
Prop 65 Sticker & Disclosure
Song Beverly As – Is Sticker & Disclosure
Prior Vehicle History Disclosure
When showing the vehicle to a potential customer make sure you collect a current drivers license & insurance card and prepare a letter of permission for the test drive. This small step places the buyers insurance in primary position in the event of an insurance claim. When the potential customer shows interest in the vehicle and you are going to complete the sale make sure you prepare and present the following additional documents.
Authorization to Run Credit
Contract Cancellation Option
Spanish Copy Offer
Translation Document Offer
Conditional Sales Contract
Reg262 Bill of Sale with Power of Attorney
Electronically Generated Report of Sale
Temporary Plates Front & Rear of Vehicle
Original Title with Wet Signature Odometer Statement
Lienholder Demand Letter
Sales Tax Rate Verification
Remember the following limits on fees:
Contract Option & Restocking is price based.
Fee totals vary from 175. to 500. Max.
Document Preparation Fees Max of $ 70. + tax
( if BPA may increase to Max of $ 85. + tax )
Smog Inspection Fee Max of $ 50. + tax
Smog Certificate Fee Max of $ 8.25
Transfer Fee $ 15.
License Plate Fee $ 22.
Estimated Registration Fee requires a refund if overcollected.
Electronic Processing ( BPA Only ) up to $ 30.
Delivery Fees are only allowed after the sale.
Used Vehicle Dealer Preparation Fees are prohibited.
What’s a VIN? A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is the 17-character identifier for your car, truck, or motorcycle. It looks like this: 1VXBR12EXCP901213, and encodes the vehicle’s manufacturer, features, and serial number. No two vehicles have the same VIN, so it serves as your car’s fingerprint– this allows for all reports of accidents, title problems, insurance incidents, and more to be tracked through each vehicle’s VIN.
Through VinAudit.com, you can look up records associated with your VIN instantly:
Where can I find my VIN? You can find your vehicle’s VIN in the title document, the vehicle registration, and on the insurance policy. The VIN could also be located at the following locations on the car itself:
On the driver’s side dashboard (viewable through the windshield)
On the driver’s side door (on a sticker in the door jamb)
Why would I order a VIN report? A VIN report lets you learn about your vehicle’s history. It includes checks for whether the car has been stolen, experienced accidents, recorded as salvaged, as well as many othertitle problem checks. Ordering a VIN report before purchasing a vehicle allows you to catch potential problems and purchase with confidence.
All California vehicle dealer applicants must take a mandatory six-hour course
training as mandated by the Department of Motor Vehicles before obtaining a vehicle dealer license. We conduct the courses throughout California. The fee for our new dealer course is:
$250 – scheduled classes AND $350 – for our private classes.
TriStar dealer training is an excellent alternative to most new dealer programs, as we are retired training officers, licensed DMV dealers/brokers/registration agents/verification agents and never in the business of selling you dealer products.
The goal of each session is to provide comprehensive training in an easy to read and follow format. As our dealer licence student you will be shown the required materials in our handbook, with an in-depth explanation of each required topic.
We offer training beyond expectation as currently licensed retail dealers/brokers.
At anytime, if you have questions or need help you may call us toll free at: 800-901-5950.