How to be Licensed to Buy at Auction
How do I get a License to Buy Cars at California Auctions?
If you are going to buy a used car at Capital City Auto Auction in Sacramento, you will need a California dealer or dismantler license. You will also need a valid driver’s license or passport, your state-issued resale permit, and a completed signed resale certification.
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California Dealer License
California offers two main types of dealer licenses:
- New car dealers
- Used car dealers (wholesale)
To get a license, you have to be at least 18-years-old, have a permanent business location that complies with zoning regulations, proof of identity and residency, and have a surety bond.
California requires dealer applicants to complete a dealer education program. Approved providers can be found here. The program covers essential aspects of dealership operations, including state laws and regulations.
The DMV will inspect your dealership before issuing a license. You’ll have to pass and register as a business entity. 🚗
There will be a fee… or two. (There always is).
After your license application is approved, you'll have to attend a dealer orientation to learn about your responsibilities and obligations as a dealer.
Dealers are required to maintain specific insurance coverage, including a liability insurance policy that meets the minimum requirements set by the DMV.
This will all take time, so patience is required. ⏱️
Is a Dealer License Worth it?
Short answer; yes! ✊
Long answer; with a dealer or dismantler license, you have access to the Capital City auction lot and a lineup of hundreds of used cars at unbeatable prices.
You simply will be hard-pressed to find the affordable prices and the quality anywhere else.
We know working with the DMV can be… frustrating… but the reward at the end will be better for your dealership and your customers, since the savings and quality you find at Capital City Auto Auction you pass onto your buyers.
Once you have that license, register here and start bidding! 👏