is the shift vehicle preparation fee legal ???

Shift , a used car dealer in San Francisco
charges a fee of up to $ 1500. per vehicle and calls it a vehicle preparation fee
this vehicle preparation fee is unlawful and beyond fees dealers are allowed to charge any buyer
this fee should be included in the net selling price of the vehicle
and is of course taxable
it appears Shift adds this fee to every purchase they complete
it appears they are not collecting the correct sales tax

perhaps the DMV needs to look a little closer at used car sales startup Shift

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does 11714 ( b) CVC apply to Tesla??

we have a simple question

does 11714 (b) CVC apply to Elon Musk & Tesla ???

11714 CVC

(a) The department, upon granting a license, shall issue to the applicant a license containing the applicant’s name and address and the general distinguishing number assigned to the applicant.

(b) A dealer shall not sell any vehicle at retail at a location that is not posted pursuant to Section 11709 .

(c) A dealer who is authorized by the department to sell motor vehicles only at wholesale shall not sell any vehicle at retail and shall report every sale to the department on the wholesale report of sale form prescribed by the department.

(d) When the department has issued a license pursuant to subdivision (a), the licensee may apply for and the department shall issue special plates which shall have displayed thereon the general distinguishing number assigned to the applicant.  Each plate so issued shall also contain a number or symbol identifying the plate from every other plate bearing a like general distinguishing number.

(e) The department shall also furnish books and forms as it may determine necessary.  Those books and forms are and shall remain the property of the department and may be taken up at any time for inspection.

(f) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2019, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2019, deletes or extends that date.




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Chapter 5 – Odometer Mileage Reporting

Vehicle Industry Registration Procedures

5.000 Introduction

5.005 Auto Auctions

5.010 Certificate of Title

5.015 Court Actions

5.020 Disclosure Features

5.025 Disclosure Requirements

5.030 Errors in Reporting Odometer Mileage

5.035 Information Recorded on the Certificate of Title

5.040 Leased Vehicles

5.045 Original Applications

5.050 Replacement or Conversion of an Odometer

5.055 Repossessed Vehicles

5.060 Rollbacks and Unwinds

5.065 Secure Power of Attorney

5.070 Transfers

5.075 Vehicle/Vessel Transfer and Reassignment Form (REG 262)

5.080 Zero Miles Reported on New Vehicles

Vehicle Industry Registration Procedures Manual – Table of Contents

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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)

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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

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Car Dealer Best Practices California

Chapter 27 Information Requests

27.000 Introduction

27.005 Attorneys

27.010 Commercial Requesters

27.015 Dealers

27.020 DOJ/NCIC Hits

27.025 Fair Political Practices Commission Statement Of Economic Interest (Form 700)

27.030 Government Requesters

27.035 Individuals

27.040 Law Enforcement

27.045 Lien Sales

27.050 Misuse Complaints

27.055 Public Records Act, Freedom of Information Act, or Information Practices Act
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