Our curriculum is reviewed every month to incorporate updates in the law. We are licensed retail car dealers, licensed auto brokers & licensed BPA registration agents. We walk the walk to talk the talk and we answer dealer questions every day, 7 days a week. We specifically address the California Vehicle Code and Title 13 of the California Code of Regulations in our training.
We assist the applicant to understand the legal framework available. We emphasize the legal ramifications of running a dealership in California. Becoming a licensed used car dealer in California is one of the most HIGHLY REGULATED industries. Prospective dealers need to fully understand what they are getting themselves into by getting licensed.
We build our dealer applicants the strongest business foundation possible.
Our instructors come from many aspects of the car dealer industry. Our founders were experienced law enforcement training management all retired S.F.P.D. When a licensed dealer violates laws and regulations they will likely face a civil lawsuit from a car dealer attorney representing the consumer.
We are experts at the dealer licensing business and we have years of assisting used car dealers in all of these scenarios.
Every DMV Dealer Education Provider is legally required to cover certain topics.
The truth is not so readily apparent. WE ARE NOT ALL THE SAME.
Most providers give students a brief understanding of each topic.
TriStar Motors gives students a comprehensive overview of each topic.
We explain how to accomplish all of the tasks required of a licensed used car dealer.
The background knowledge and information we provide in this course is unmatched by our competition.
Our fees are not comparable to other providers because we are not offering the same product and service.
It’s like comparing apples to oranges, or buying a clean title car for a salvage title price.
If you are solely looking for a course certificate for the lowest price possible please use our competition.
Our company stands 23 years strong in quality dealer education and probably would not be a good fit for you.
You definitely get what you pay for in the car dealer education world.
Businesses will need the following items. For step-by-step instruction of all information that will need to be provided in the application, please refer to the Application Instructions.
Signed certification used to certify your business.
BUSINESS FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Most recent tax return filed (2019 or 2018) – provided in an electronic form for online upload, such as PDF/JPEG or other approved upload format.
Copy of official filing with the California Secretary of State, if applicable, or local municipality for the business such as one of the following: Articles of Incorporation, Certificate of Organization, Fictitious Name of Registration or Government-Issued Business License.
TriStar Motors LLC as the only licensed retail dealer / broker certified to teach DMV dealer education offers wholesale dealers the ablity to draft retail sales on their retail dealer / broker license. Red Flag Certification required and fees are $ 250. per transaction. Restrictions apply.
The Federal Lemon Law: How Well Does Your Dealership Understand the Rules?
Only dealership customers with warranties are protected under the Federal Lemon Law.
You undoubtedly take a lot of pride in your dealership and the inventory you offer. However, whenever you are selling cars — especially used cars — no matter how careful you are about choosing them, there’s a chance they could be destined for a lifetime of constant repairs (and headaches for the owners).
But what do you do if a customer you sold a car to comes back and complains that you sold them a “lemon”? How can you tell the difference between a fluke (like the car randomly stalling) and a pattern that proves consistent mechanical issues? And what are your obligations to the consumer according to the law?
Every dealership needs to understand the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, more commonly known as the Federal Lemon Law, which was instituted in 1975 to govern consumer product warranties.
What your dealership needs to know about the Federal Lemon Law
The idea of the Federal Lemon Law isn’t about whether or not a vehicle works, it’s about the warranty a customer buys to protect that purchase. If you have a customer that returns to complain about a lemon, but they did not get a warranty, the Federal Lemon Law doesn’t apply in that case; only consumers with written warranties are covered.
To understand your obligations under the Federal Lemon Law, it’s helpful to think about why Congress passed it in the first place. They wanted to:
• Ensure consumers could get complete information about warranty terms and conditions.
• Give consumers the opportunity to compare warranty coverage before buying.
• Promote competition among dealerships on the basis of warranty coverage.
• Strengthen incentives for dealerships to perform their warranty obligations in a timely and thorough manner.
1. As a warrantor, you must designate, or title, your written warranty as either “full” or “limited.”
2. As a warrantor, you must state certain specific information about the coverage of your warranty in a single, clear, and easy-to-read document.
3. As a warrantor or a seller, you must ensure that warranties are available where your warranted consumer products are sold so that consumers can read them before buying.
It’s not just the Federal Lemon Law — read up on state laws, too
The Federal Lemon Law applies to every dealership in every state, but you may also have state-specific Lemon Laws that you must comply with as well. Some states have these laws on the books, while others have used-car buyers’ rights, but it’s up to you to know the exact laws in your state.
While the definite legal details vary from state to state, there is a general idea that applies to most. Usually, if a vehicle continues to have a defect within the warranty period, and it’s been repaired four or more times (or out of service at your dealership for more than 30 days), it’s labeled as a lemon — especially if the defect has a big impact on the vehicle’s value, use, or safety. Once the car meets the state’s definition of a true lemon, the consumer can customarily decide if they want their money back or if they want a replacement vehicle.
What happens if you violate the Federal Lemon Law?
When it comes to Federal Lemon Law cases, if a consumer feels their rights have been violated, they can retain the services of an attorney. In most instances, it’s not the dealership that is taken to court, but the manufacturer of the defective vehicle. Dealerships can end up being involved, though, so it’s best not to tempt fate — stay open and honest with your dealership’s vehicle warranties, read up on your state’s lemon laws, and always put the needs of your customers first.
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.
They are offering you a wholesale dealer license but the services do not make it clear in their promotional material that a wholesale dealer cannot sell to the public.
Wholesale dealers can only sell to other dealers. Wholesale dealers act as finders for retail dealers. I have received many phone calls from individuals who have invested $2-$3K in getting a “dealer license” only to find that it was wholesale, worthless for what they wanted to do.
The offer may refer to the wholesale license as an auto dealer license, which it is, but it is wholesale only. If you want to sell to the public, do not obtain the wholesale dealer license.