Great course. You really help simplify the whole process of getting a dealer license for us. My partner and I passed the DMV test and officially dealers now!
Glad I took the course first. Knowing each step ahead saved me a lot of time and money trying to figure things out.
Thanks - enjoyed the training and hit the ground running. Just closed my first wholesale deal!
After taking your course, we changed our minds from becoming wholesale-only to retail (thank you). I didn’t know the cost was basically the same and the DMV location requirements aren’t that tough to meet.
Step-by-Step License Application Guide
DMV Inspector Office locations
Directory of Dealer-Only Auctions
DMV License Practice Test
Do I need a car lot to get a Dealer License in California?
“Wholesale” or “Broker” licenses don’t require a business location. A “Retail” license requires a business location. A small office with parking can meet the DMV requirements. We step you through selecting a location in the course.
How many cars can I sell without getting a license?
If you plan to sell even one vehicle for a profit in California, you need a Dealer License. The key here is “for a profit”. The law is pretty clear on this and the DMV has been enforcing this rule lately.
Why do you recommend taking this course as the 1st step?
Becoming a Dealer is fairly complicated. We recommend taking the training first as you will gain an understanding of each step required to get your License. By doing the training first, you can save a lot wasted time and expense.
Do Car Dealers have to pay sales tax and DMV fees on vehicles?
Once you have a Dealer license, you no longer have to pay sales tax or DMV fees on the vehicles you purchase for resale. Other purchases such as repair parts can also be purchased tax exempt if they are being used on a vehicle you have in your inventory.
Can I buy vehicles from Auctions without a Dealer license?
You could purchase vehicles from “Public” auctions at a higher price. You would be required to pay sales tax and DMV fees there. Only licensed Dealers can purchase vehicles from true “wholesale” auctions such as Manheim, Adesa, Copart or IAA where the prices are significantly lower.
I have questions about becoming a Dealer. Can you help?
Sure. We can be reached at Contact@Dealer101.com and look for to connecting with you.or by email at