Online Course Book

Our course book provides you the rules and requirements you need to know to set up and operate your dealership. It includes fee charts, sample form documents, and many examples of how to conduct dealership tasks. This will become one of the most used books at your dealership. Here we offer an abbreviated version of our DMV course book, available to you any time. To learn what it takes to be a dealer, click on the section headings.

Section 1: Recent Rule Changes and Reminders

  • Assembly Bill 516 (“AB 516”)
  • AB 1274: Smog Exemption Extended to 8 Model Years
  • 2018 Transportation Improvement Fee
  • 2018 Increase in vehicle value registration fee
  • “CDTFA”
  • Legacy black & gold license plates
  • AB 265: Buy-here-pay-here dealer starter interrupt notice period increased from 48 Hours to 10 Days with double fines
  • AB 1447 Details : Warranty Requirement
  • Buyer’s Guide
  • AB 1215 – “NMVTIS” (National Motor Vehicle Title Information System) and the Electronic processing of documents
  • Salesperson’s Licenses

Section 2: Car Buyer’s Bill of Rights

  • The Car Buyer’s Bill of Rights (AB 68)
  • Vehicle Condition  Forms
  • “Certified” Used Vehicle Advertising Rule under the Car Buyer’s Bill of Rights
  • Finance Charge Limits between 2% and 2.5%
  • Bill of Rights Kit

Section 3: Dealer Bonds, Title and Registration Procedures

  • $50,000 Dealer Bond
  • Exceptions: $10,000.00 Bond
  • Bond Company Recommendations
  • Methods of Compliance
  • E-Mail Alert System
  • Types of California Title
  • Completing Titles for Transfer
  • Other Transfer Requirements
  • Power of Attorney
  • Registration Fees
  • Out-of-State Deliveries
  • Out of Country Sales
  • Administrative Service Fees (“ASF”)
  • Reports of Sale
  • Other DMV Registration and Miscellaneous Forms

Section 4: Main & Branch Location Requirements, Off-site Displays, Temporary Branches

  • Location Requirements
  • Branch Locations
  • Off-Site Vehicle Displays
  • Temporary Branch Locations

Section 5: Auto Brokers

  • Auto Broker’s : Endorsement, Log, Agreement
  • Deposits and Refunds
  • Trust Account
  • Brokering Agreement and Fee ; Licensed Retail Dealers only
  • Advertising
  • Consignment
  • Conditional Sales Contract ; Requirements

Section 6: Motor Vehicle Financing (continued) & Sales and Use Tax

  • Terms of Financing
  • Computing Interest Rates
  • APR
  • Computing Monthly Payments
  • Truth in Lending
  • Contract Not Executed
  • Breach of Conditional Sales Contract
  • Repossession
  • Foreign Language Contracts
  • Sales and Use Tax

Section 7: Vehicle History Disclosure, Odometers & Safety Equipment

  • Condition of Vehicle : Known Damage, Re-manufactured
  • Vehicle History Disclosure
  • Odometers
  • Duty to Record Mileage
  • Unlawful Actions
  • Repossessed Vehicle Odometer Disclosure
  • Signatures
  • REG 262 Form (Vehicle/Vessel Transfer Form)
  • Division 12 Safety Equipment
  • Leased Vehicles / Wholesale between Dealers
  • Safety Equipment List

Section 8: Smog Rules and Advertising

  • Smog Requirements and Exceptions
  • Smog Certificate Duration
  • Smog Fee
  • Bureau of Automotive Repair (“BAR”)
  • Advertising ; Definition, Misprints, Rules
  • Document Preparation Fee
  • Time Limits
  • Use of Terms
  • Cash vs. Credit
  • Buyers Guide

Section 9: Warranties, Dealer Plates and Unlawful Acts

  • Warranties ; “Lemon Law”, 18 months/18,000 miles
  • Disclosure Statements
  • Warranty Returns
  • Implied Warranty of ; Merchantability, Fitness
  • Express Warranty
  • Dealer Plates/”Special Plates” (use of)
  • Trailers
  • Vehicle Delivery
  • Misuse of Plates ; Illegal Uses
  • Duration/Expiration/Penalty/Display
  • Lost Plates or Stickers
  • Tow Dollies
  • Unlawful Dealer Activities ; Abandonment, Failure to maintain Bond, Failure to notify DMV of change of Ownership, Seller’s Permit Suspension, Lending Dealer Supplies, Unlicensed Location Sales. Failure to pay ASF, Deposits without Vehicle present, Dishonored Checks, Failure to transfer Title, Employing unlicensed Salespersons
  • “Bait and Switch” , “Bird Dog Fees”
  • Fraud
  • DMV Enforcement Actions

Section 10: Avoid Buying a Stolen Vehicle

  • Helpful Tips and Advice

Frequently Asked Questions

  •  Corrections on Report of Sale Forms (REG 51)
  • “Unwind”, Void/Canceled Used Vehicle Report of Sale
  • Used Vehicle Rollbacks
  • Electronic Lien and Title (“ELT”)
  • Customer Demands Title
  • Multiple Transfers
  • Duplicate Title Application
  • Transfer of California Registration Only (Goldenrod Registration)
  • Transfer Only
  • Bonded Transfers
  • Non Resident Vehicle Transfers
  • Vehicles with Unavailable Records
  • Waiver of Fees and/or Penalties
  • Title Errors and Corrections
  • Temporary Operating Permit
  • Transporter Permit
  • DMV Forms