lookup vehicle recalls by VIN

Recalls Look-up by VIN –

Vehicle Identification Number

Owners may not always know their recalled vehicle still needs to be repaired. NHTSA’s new search tool lets you enter a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to quickly learn if a specific vehicle has not been repaired as part of a safety recall in the last 15 years.
Note: certain VINS will require the user to pick a Brand via radio button. These radio buttons will appear conditionally on the VIN you choose.

What this VIN search tool covers:
  • Safety recalls that are incomplete on a vehicle
  • Safety recalls conducted over the past 15 calendar years
  • Safety recalls conducted by major light auto automakers, including motorcycle manufacturers.
 What this VIN search tool does NOT cover:
  • Completed safety recall information
  • Manufacturer customer service or other non-safety recall campaigns
  • International vehicles
  • Very recently announced safety recalls for which not all VINs have been identified
  • Safety recalls that are more than 15 years old (except where a manufacturer offers more coverage)
  • Safety recalls conducted by small vehicle manufacturers, including some ultra-luxury brands and specialty applications
NOTE: Recall information provided through this VIN lookup tool is provided by the manufacturer conducting the recall. NHTSA does not record VIN information or results provided through the VIN lookup tool.
Available Manufacturers
  • Acura
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • BMW Motorcycles
  • BRP Can-Am
  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • Ducati Motorcycles
  • Ferrari
  • FIAT
  • Ford
  • Freightliner Sprinter
  • Genuine Scooters
  • GMC
  • Harley-Davidson
  • Honda
  • Honda Motorcycles
  • Hummer
  • Hyundai
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  • Jaguar
  • Jeep
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  • KTM Motorcycles
  • Land Rover
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  • Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
  • Mercury
  • MINI
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  • Polaris
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  • Porsche
  • ProMaster
  • RAM
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  • Scion
  • Subaru
  • Suzuki Motorcycles
  • Tesla
  • Toyota
  • Triumph
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo
  • Yamaha Motorcycles

sherman oaks car dealer school…we are not pretending to be car dealers

When you take a close look

at the DMV list of car dealer schools

you may not notice that only one teaching group

is actually a licensed retail dealer with a broker endorsement

TriStar Motors LLC Dealer / Broker License 35862 since 1998


WHY is that so important ???

It takes real life experience to truly teach you how to become a car dealer

we are NOT attorneys

we are NOT retired DMV inspectors

we are NOT bond or insurance agents

we are NOT salespeople selling forms and software


we ARE real life career educators

we ARE licensed retail dealer / brokers

we ARE the best car dealer trainers in california

we ARE a full service operation with 39 locations in the state of California





you must clear each buyer from the OFAC terrorist watch list

As part of its enforcement efforts, OFAC publishes a list of individuals and companies owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, targeted countries. It also lists individuals, groups, and entities, such as terrorists and narcotics traffickers designated under programs that are not country-specific.


Collectively, such individuals and companies are called “Specially Designated Nationals” or “SDNs.” Their assets are blocked and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from dealing with them.  Click here for more information on Treasury’s Sanctions Programs.

Search OFAC’s Sanctions Lists Including the SDN List
Full Lists:
Lists by Program and Country:
Changes to the SDN List:
Delisting Process:


CNCDA case against TrueCar moving forward in los angeles


CONTACT: Brian Maas

(916) 441-2599 office




SACRAMENTO, CA –Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Nancy Newman has ruled that the California New Car Dealers Association’s (CNCDA’s) complaint against TrueCar (NASDAQ: TRUE) properly states a legal claim for violation of the California Unfair Competition Law, perhaps better known as California Business & Professions Code Section 17200.  The original lawsuit was filed in May of 2015.

CNCDA has alleged all along that TrueCar violates the California Vehicle Code (CVC) because TrueCar functions as a dealer and as an auto broker without having the required licenses under the CVC, and without complying with other requirements for auto brokers under the CVC, such as disclosing the amount of TrueCar’s fee to the dealer’s customer – and the judge agreed.

The Court also overruled TrueCar’s challenges to CNCDA’s claims seeking an injunction and a Court-issued declaration against TrueCar’s alleged legal violations of these and other CVC requirements, including TrueCar’s advertising and particularly its claims to consumers of “never overpay” and offering the “guaranteed lowest price.”

Now that the Court has rejected TrueCar’s procedural challenges to scrutiny of its conduct, CNCDA can proceed to present the merits of its case.

TrueCar’s former Chairman and CEO Scott Painter said that TrueCar’s competitors are the dealers who do not participate in the TrueCar network.  TrueCar’s Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer Johnny Stephenson told a group of hedge funds and corporate investors that if the Court requires it, TrueCar will obtain a broker’s license.  Both of these statements from Messrs. Painter and Stephenson are quoted in CNCDA’s lawsuit.

“We are gratified by the Court’s careful ruling and look forward to the opportunity to prove our claims on the merits,” said CNCDA President Brian Maas.  “Up until now, TrueCar has refused to produce even one document or email, nor has it made available any witnesses for testimony on TrueCar’s practices.  With the Court’s explicit overruling of TrueCar’s procedural challenges, we look forward to receiving appropriate evidence and testimony from TrueCar’s representatives, past and present, that bear upon the CNCDA’s claims and proving them to the satisfaction of the Court,” said Maas.

Judge Newman gave TrueCar 30 days to answer CNCDA’s complaint and set a case management conference for June 30, 2016.


The California New Car Dealers Association is the country’s largest state association of franchised new car and truck dealers representing nearly 1,200 dealer members.  Last year California’s franchised new car dealers sold more than 2.5 million new and used cars and trucks.


About TriStar Motors LLC

TriStar Motors LLC is the largest provider of DMV Certified Dealer Training.

Over 25,000 dealers trained since 1998.

We agree with CNCDA’s position against TrueCar.dealerplate


offering tesla test drives require its santa barbara popup store to have a dmv temporary branch location license

So-called popup stores are an increasingly common way for retail brands to get media attention and attract new customers, without the expense of building and staffing a full-time location.

Now California carmaker Tesla Motors is extending the concept to bring its luxury Model S electric car to likely audiences in affluent summer resorts.

Tesla’s mobile popup store debuted in Santa Barbara, California, last Friday.

As noted last week by the investment site The Fool, Tesla is offering “a touring, full-fledged store experience — a feat auto dealers may have difficulty matching.”

Contacted by Green Car Reports, Tesla’s Alexis Georgeson said the store will stay in Santa Barbara for one month.

Tesla Motors 'popup store' to display electric cars, Santa Barbara, CA, May 2015Tesla Motors ‘popup store’ to display electric cars, Santa Barbara, CA, May 2015

Then it will head to its next stop: the swanky group of towns that make up the Hamptons on the east end of New York’s Long Island.

Store staff will educate visitors on electric-car ownership and driving, with interactive displays and personal consultations.

Test drives will also be available.

Georgeson elebaorated: “The unique shipping container experience was designed to be mobile, and [to] follow customers to the summer’s most popular destinations.

“Designed in-house, the unit arrives and unfolds to double its size in just a few hours. The pop up is made of two shipping containers with steel beams between them and a canvas roof.

Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

“The entire space, once assembled is the width of about four side-by-side shipping containers.

“The structure is mobile; it arrives by truck and assembles in just a few hours.

“The mobility and convenience of this design allows Tesla to bring our unique retail approach to customers in new locations where we do not yet have a brick-and-mortar location.”

Nissan took the same approach–essentially a traveling road show–with its “Drive Electric” tour a few years ago.

Tesla’s model of educating consumers in company-owned stores and then selling cars direct to buyers online is being fought by state and national auto-dealer groups.

Those groups and their lobbyists have succeeded in getting laws changed laws in some states to ban the company from selling cars itself.


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based in san francisco since 1998






schedule one complete dmv training session at your dealership

Beginning in 2017

all owners must take certified dmv training every two years


all salespersons must take certified dmv training every two years

During 2016, in preparation of the new dealer training law

we will train all owners and salesperson

at your dealership location

in one complete training sessiondealerplate

Owners $ 200. each.

Licensed Salespersons $ 100. each.

Red Flag Rules Certification $ 300. for the dealership.

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DMV Certified Car Dealer Education since 1998

AB 1777 Licensed Salespersons Proposed Law for Dealer Training

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may an autobroker place advertisements for a test drive ???

you may advertise your broker services
but not access to specific vehicles
you could reference vehicles advertised by retail dealers
with whom you have a brokering agreement
we allow that for vehicles placed on retail consignment
our drafted sale program costs 425. per vehicle
with red flag certification
you may show cars consigned to retailers
but you must negotiate and complete the sale
at the retail dealer holding that vehicle in its inventory
hope that makes sense
you have to be very careful
if you are not a licensed retailer yourself
the brokering agreement you hold may enable some advertising
under the retail dealers license

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car dealer compliance tips from the #realcardealerschool

we recently met with larry, executive director of IADAC

and we discussed the need for enhanced car dealer education

in that regard

we offer specific tips for continued compliance

for existing california car dealers

consider joining IADAC to show buyers you have integrity

car dealers have a tough time establishing integrity

it usually comes one customer at a time

when a used car buyer checks the car dealer union membership list

and sees your dealership clearly listed

it gives them peace of mind

that you are a professional

committed to good service and not one to play games

gain added trust when you join the car dealer union

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do you offer a spanish copy to EVERY buyer in your dealership ???

DMV Location Inspection Checklist

Not for Sale Stickers

Any retail dealer must make and separate all vehicles in inventory not deemed suitable for retail sale. This can most easily be done with a Retail Not for Sale Sticker. Vehicles in inventory which are not prepared and offered for sale face a potential fine of $ 16k from the FTC. ( Federal Trade Commission )

Our retail forms kit for $ 55. Contains the Not for Sale Sticker.

TriStar Retail Forms Starter Kit

Our forms supply is Jody Forster, 949-837-4088


During the process of reconditioning the vehicle dealer obtains a smog certification, a division 12 safety compliance check, a retail buyers guide and a NMVTIS vehicle history report.

The preparation process may reveal past history disclosures, required in writing, commonly made on a DMV statement of facts form REG256.

The smog certification paperwork is valid for two years and must be presented in the application package sent or presented to DMV. A smog certificate previously used to register a vehicle is invalid and a fresh smog must be obtained prior to offering the vehicle for sale.

The division 12 safety compliance check certifies the federal required minimum safety standard has been met and that all working safety items, including seat belts and airbags are present and functioning. The inspection may only be conducted by a BAR certified mechanic and not at the dealership unless the dealership is also BAR certified. This provision does not preclude a dealer from working and repairing their own vehicles. Only the inspection is required to be done by BAR certified mechanics.

The buyers guide must be presented to the buyer, the buyer signs and receives a copy and the signed original must be held in the dealers licensed location for a minimum of 4 years. The dealer folder which holds such documents is created for each retail sale and known as the “jacket”.

The NMVTIS vehicle history report sources a national government database and generates a report of up to 61 brands on a vehicle title. Such branding requires a DMV statement of facts REG256 disclosure and a red sticker on the vehicle prior to being offered for sale.

NMVTIS vehicle history reports are available at:


Forms disclosures and buyers guides are available from Jody Forster, 949-837-4088:


Retail Sales Process Photo ID

The retail dealer must first obtain a photo id from each buyer.

We assign a Retail Report of Sale to the transaction.

On the copy of the buyers photo id we write the ROS number assigned and the date.

We have the buyer initial this dated photo id with ROS number assigned.

We include this document in the transfer package sent to the DMV.

Contract Preparation Spreadsheet

This spreadsheet is exclusive to TriStar Motors LLC

If you would like a copy for your dealership email to admin@gotplates.com

The spreadsheet allows the formation of the total sales price Including document preparation fee, smog inspection and certification fees, sales tax, broker fees, registration, transfer & delivery fees.

Document preparation fee is taxable and the maximum fee is $ 65.The charge must be the same for all transactions. Smog inspection fee is taxable and the maximum fee is $ 50. Smog certification fee is non-taxable and the maximum fee is $ 8.25.

Registration fees must be collected if the registration is expired or about to expire with 60 days.

Back registration fees should be included in the price, if not, a statement of facts disclosure with buyers signature is required to collect back registration fees from the buyer.

We include this document in the transfer package sent to the DMV.

Car Buyers Bill of Rights Cancellation Option

The option to return the vehicle to the dealer for ANY reason is an option the buyer may purchase from the selling dealer. The cost of the option is set by the selling dealer and includes an option fee and a restocking fee. The minimum and maximums are regulated by the selling price of the car up to $ 40,000.

Our training package includes a brochure with details on this important option.

The buyer must sign YES or NO to this offer in writing.

The buyer must receive a copy of their signed offer.

We do not include this document in the transfer package sent to the DMV.

This document is stored in the selling dealers location in the deal jacket.

Federal Buyers Guide

The buyers guide was posted on the vehicle prior to sale indicating warranty offers and contact information included in the price of the car. BHPH car dealers with 10% in house contract sales must include a 30 day 1000 mile complete warranty on EVERY vehicle offered for sale.

Our training package includes a brochure on this important BHPH provision.

The buyers guide is removed from the vehicle at the point of sale. The buyers signs the guide and is given a copy. The dealer faces a potential fine of $16K for no signed buyers guide in the deal jacket..

We do not include this document in the transfer package sent to the DMV.

This document is stored in the selling dealers location in the deal jacket.

Conditional Retail Sales Contract

All vehicles sold must use a conditional sales contract.

The required disclosures on this form are mandated even in all cash sales.

The TriStar Motors LLC spreadsheet is formulated to assist you in completing this document.

Once the buyer signs the numerous provisions on this contract the buyer is given a copy.

We do not include this document in the transfer package sent to the DMV.

This document is stored in the selling dealers location in the deal jacket.

Spanish Copy, Spoken Language Disclosures

If the buyer has a Spanish surname, whether the buyer speaks Spanish or not, the selling dealer must offer Spanish copies of the Car Buyer Bill of Rights Option Form, The Federal Buyers Guide and the Conditional Sales Contract.

We offer a Spanish copy offer in our forms starter kit.

The selling dealer provides blank Spanish forms.

We include this document in the transfer package sent to the DMV.

Click here to order the gotplates retail car dealer starter kit:


When the seller speaks any of 30 languages to the buyer and the buyer also speaks that language the selling dealer must offer copies of the Car Buyer Bill of Rights Option Form, The Federal Buyers Guide and the Conditional Sales Contract in the spoken language.

Spoken Languages copies for 30 languages can be obtained from Jody Forster


If the buyer speaks the spoken language to the customer

The blank forms must now be completed

But the buyer does not sign them.

The English version of each document is signed as the document of record

If the selling dealer and the buyer speak one of 30 languages and the selling dealer does NOT have the required copies we suggest a DMV statement of facts REG256 describing the languages spoken and that both buyer and seller accept English only documents as a waiver to this regulation.

We include this document in the transfer package sent to the DMV.

If the selling dealer does NOT offer documents in the spoken language and does not prepare the waiver the entire sales transaction is at risk of an unwind with penalties.

Report of Sale

The REG 51 must be completed by the selling dealer for each retail sale’

This four part form must be signed by the selling dealer and the buyer.

REG 51 Check List

Section Information Required
Date Sold The date the buyer paid the purchase price, signed a purchase contract or security agreement, and took possession or delivery of the vehicle. (CVC §5901[d])
Make The make of the vehicle, not the model.
Year Model The year model shown on the titling document. If the titling document does not show a year model, leave this blank.
Body Type The body type. If the body type shown on the title is incorrect, a correction must be made. See Chapter 30, Inquiries for body types.
Motive Power The motive power (must be shown for all vehicles). The fuel types are:
G-Gasoline D-Diesel E-Electric
M-Methanol N-Natural Gas P-Propane
For all trailers, use motive power code “0” (zero)
IMPORTANT: Hybrid vehicles are powered by gas and electricity and are exempt from smog certification by the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) until 12/31/2010.
Number of Axles The number of axles shown on the title for a commercial motor vehicle or trailer only. Do not enter any information for trailer coach (CCH) or camp (CMP) trailers
Unladen (empty) Weight The unladen weight shown on the title for a commercial motor vehicle or trailer only. Do not enter any information for trailer coach (CCH) or camp (CMP) trailers.
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) The complete VIN shown on the title.
M/C Engine Number If the vehicle is a motorcycle, the complete engine number shown on the title.
Last Registered in State of The state, province, territory, or country where the vehicle was last registered.
Year Registered The year the vehicle was last registered.
License Number The license plate number for the last registration.
County of Residence The buyer’s county of residence. This may differ from the county of the mailing address.
For leased vehicles, show the county of the lessee’s address.
For trailers coaches that will be located in a different county, show the county of the situs location.
Sold To The true full name of each buyer (the name shown on the buyer’s driver license or ID card).

·         Check the “AND” or “OR” box if there is more than one buyer/owner.

·         Refer to section 1.050 for Registration to Co-Owners information.

Leased Vehicles:

·         The name of the lessor followed by the abbreviation “LSR” and the name(s) of the lessee followed by the abbreviation “LSE.”

·         Do not join the names with “and” or “or.”

·         Refer to section 1.040 for Registration of Leased Vehicles information.
Example: Jay Street Leasing, LSR
John Doe, LSE

See Chapter 1, General Registration Information for additional NAME information.

Driver License/ID Card No. ·         The driver license or ID card number (DL/ID#) for each buyer or lessee (if an individual).

·         If a California DL/ID has not been issued, enter the person’s out-of-state DL/ID#and write the state of issuance in the upper right corner of the REG 51.

NOTE: A DL/ID# is not required for vehicles registered to an entity other than an individual, such as a company.

Buyer’s Address ·         The buyer’s residence or business address and mailing address (if different), including an apartment or space number if it is part of the address.

·         When a post office box is the residence or business address, but is not the mailing address, then both addresses must be shown. The post office delivers mail to the second address.

NOTE: Mailing Address Only on Registration Documents-The buyer/registered owner may request that the registration and title documents issued by the department show only his/her mailing address.
Refer to Chapter 1, General Registration Information for all address requirements.

Dealer Name, By, and Address The dealer name, an authorized agent’s signature, and dealer’s full address.
An authorized representative must countersign for the dealership (This may be any authorized person of the dealership, not necessarily the salesperson).
Dealer and Salesperson Numbers The dealer’s license number and the salesperson’s number.

·         If the vehicle was sold by an owner or officer of the dealership, enter the title, such as “Owner” or “CEO” as the Salesperson’s Number.

Signature(s) of Purchaser The buyer’s usual signature or the buyer’s signature signed by the attorney-in-fact shown on a power of attorney must appear.
Refer to Chapter 1, General Registration Information for power of attorney information.
NOTE: Only one co-owner signature is required on the REG 51.
Leased Vehicles-The lessor is the registered owner and must endorse/sign the REG 51. The lessee’s signature is optional.
Odometer Reading The actual odometer mileage reading.

The four parts are:

Dealer Copy

DMV Application Copy

Notice of Sale to the DMV

Temporary Operating Permit for the buyer.

Post Temporary in the lower right corner of the windshield.

We include this DMV Application Copy in the transfer package sent to the DMV.

This Dealer Copy is stored in the selling dealers location in the deal jacket.

Title Endorsements

The front of the title must have a release of registered owner and lien holders, if any.

The rear of the title must have buyers information clearly printed.

Any dealer transfers must be listed at the bottom of the back of the title.

We include this document in the transfer package sent to the DMV.

License Plates

We remove and destroy all plates from every vehicle we sell. We used DMV form REG156 to certify destruction and request new plates for the buyer. The registration cycle for the vehicle remains the same. We charge the buyer $ 19. for new license plates. This practice is required if the front plate is missing but also prevents tickets from being sent to donors / previous owners.

We install dealer flashers and frames to the front and rear of each vehicle pending the delivery of new plates by the DMV.

To order license plate inserts, known as flashers as well as license plates frames and ROS holders for the selling dealer contact Jody Forster:


We include this document in the transfer package sent to the DMV.

Car Buyer Vehicle Delivery Request

When a selling dealer makes delivery of a SOLD vehicle to a buyer we prepare a written vehicle delivery request and we charge a fee of $ 100.

We offer a copy offer in our forms starter kit.

Click here to order the gotplates retail car dealer starter kit:


We include this document in the transfer package sent to the DMV

Scan or Copy the entire application package

We handle all transactions by mail to the DMV Service Center.

Make sure you copy or scan the complete transaction, including payment check in the event of document loss and the need for application reconstruction.

Title reconstruction can be timely and expensive.

We suggest Tanya Reeves for such complicated efforts


We include instructions for mailing corrections along with a copy of our current dealer license.

We include this document in the transfer package sent to the DMV.

Sales Tax Reporting

We prepare a DMV statement of facts REG256 with our dealer sellers account number.

We include this document in the transfer package sent to the DMV.

Remember sales tax is reported according to the buyers county of residence.

We print and file a sales tax rate chart in the deal jacket for the zip code rate on the sale date.


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we make it real easy to #runtheVIN

Where can I find my VIN?

Your vehicle’s unique Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a 17-digit number that can be found on the title document, the vehicle registration, and on the insurance policy. The VIN can 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)

More about VINs

Why should I run a VIN check?

Outside of our homes, a car is often one of the most expensive assets we purchase. As a vehicle buyer, you can reduce your risk of hidden problems and intentional fraud. As a vehicle seller, you can help increase confidence for potential buyers by proving that your car has a clean history — and being upfront about defects if any are found. Most people run a VIN check to:

  • Understand a vehicle’s past ownership history
  • Check for hidden issues or prior damage
    (including title brands, total-loss records, and open liens)
  • Avoid getting intentionally scammed or defrauded
    (such as from buying a stolen or unsafe vehicle)
  • Make an informed assessment of a vehicle’s value

More about our vehicle history reports

can you tell me what a car dealer bond consists of ???


a car dealer license surety bond

is a promise you make

to the government

and the bonding company


you are a person of honor

you will meet your obligations

and never leave unpaid bills as a car dealer


the bond company is obligated to pay claims

when you fail with your obligations

common car dealer bond claims:

failure to pay collected sales tax

failure to pay collected dmv fees

failure to pay another dealer

failure to honor a court order


the bond company evaluates each claim

and has 30 days to decide if the claim is valid

if deemed vaild

you, the car dealer who has been bonded

must repay the bond company

upon their payment of a successful claim


no bond

no car dealer license

no car dealer license plates


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