Car Dealer 101

TriStar Motors is not your ordinary DMV Approved Dealer Education Provider.

Most of the 50 or so competitors purport to be experts in the auto industry.
Most competitors charge low fees which range anywhere between $75 – $200.
Most of the providers are insurance brokers trying to cross sell you surety bonds.
Some own their own registration service hoping to gain your business upon being licensed.
Some are former attorneys who have never actually SOLD a car as a retail used car dealer.
Some are retired DMV Inspectors trying to peddle you special access to the licensing process.
Most have jumped into the car dealer education business in the hopes of earning fast money.

TriStar Motors has been a DMV Approved Education provider for over 23 years.

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.

Our philosophy in teaching this dealer education course is simple.

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.
The dealer will likely face charges for violations of the California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act ( CLRA )
The dealer could also face charges by local, state and federal authorities on a consumer protection violation.
The dealer could also face inquiry, an administrative investigation and revocation hearing by the California DMV.

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.

Every instructor who offers the course must follow guidelines as outlined by DMV.
Because of this mandate prospective dealer applicants looking to get licensed assume we are all the same.
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.

If you are interested in actually learning how to

run a smooth compliant used car business

then TriStar Motors is the first

and only choice.

If you simply want your certificate

there are many on the Dealer Training List to serve you.




California Auto Dealer Training & Certification

The teaching mandates

 awareness of all applicable regulations.

Our goal is to accomplish the mandate of the DMV and provide a reliable educational resource for new and existing dealers throughout California.

Our extensive background in law enforcement training made the transition to dealer education simple.

Operating an existing dealership allows us to deliver a hands on teaching experience.

Our teaching addresses the frustration some experience trying to find simple, concise answers to dealership questions.

Founded in 1998, TriStar Motors LLC.
DMV Service Provider CCC0004



Auction Access 101

Do You Have A Passion for Cars?

Do You Understand The Process of Repair?

Your Knowledge Can Generate Significant Cash

Become a Licensed Wholesale Used Car Dealer

Work From Home

Pay No Sales Taxes

Avoid Registration Fees

Operate on Dealer License Plates

Fleet Insurance For Your Entire Inventory

Get Licensed

24/7 Call Center 800-901-5950

REAL Dealers Teaching Dealers

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Vehicle History Report

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, you can look up records associated with your VIN instantly:

Enter VIN:
What’s this? Example: 1VXBR12EXCP901213

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.



Used Car Dealer License

Are you looking to get your California used car dealer license???

California DMV Licensing Operations Headquarters

Occupational Licensing Branch – Headquarter Sections
Licensing Sections:
Business Licensing Unit: Dealers, Lessor-Retailers, Dismantlers, Registration Services, Transporters, and Driving & Traffic Violator School (Owner, Operator & Instructors) contact: (916) 229-3126
Individual Licensing Unit: Salesperson, Representatives, Vehicle Verifiers, Vessel Agents and Employer Testing Program Participants contact: (916) 229-3128
OL Compliance: Manufacturers, Distributors, or questions regarding products requiring licensure should contact: (916) 229-3154
Compliance and Support Sections:
Application Review/Administrative Disciplinary Action (916) 229-3129
Administrative Service Fee (916) 229-3138
Dishonored Checks (916) 229-3138
Surety Bond Cancellation/Reinstatement/Replacement (916) 229-3307
Information Services:
Voice Mail Line (916) 229-3151
Group Mailbox

Mailing Information:

Postal Service

Occupational Licensing Section
P. O. Box 932342 MS L224
Sacramento, CA 94232-3420

Courier Deliveries Only – No Public Access

Occupational Licensing Section
8243 Demetre Ave
Sacramento, CA 95828

Unlimited Dealer Auction Access

Start Your Own Car Dealer Business

Wholesale dealers can operate from home

Wholesale dealers can work with a 10K Dealer Bond

Wholesale Dealers enjoy unlimited DLR Auction Access

Wholesale Dealers enjoy No Sales Taxes or Reg Fees on purchases

Wholesale Dealers operate on One Comprehensive Insurance Policy

DMV Certified Dealer Training since 1998





Dealer License Training

Ready to Serve You

All of our Instructors can assist you.

Sony Duong 714-677-0843
Azita Rezaei   415-730-3137
Rich Bilafer   415-793-4887
Jorge Elizalde  209-985-0426
Claudia Patton 310-216-1438
Jonathan Liff     415-331-5983
Iris Cervantes     619-933-6112
Sonia Haloulos   619-647-7324
Elizabeth Bertolone 408-761-0107
Farhan Mohammadi 559-800-0813

Burbank DMV Dealer License Class

Getting your used car dealer license is a process

and we help you before, during & after the car dealer class


We are the only licensed retail dealer / brokers with a teaching license

Let us help you build your Used Car Dealer License

Let us help you find vendors to make serious money


We have more teachers in more locations

than any other car dealer school


DMV Certified Car Dealer Education since 1998


Farhan Mohammadi


Teaching in Fresno, Riverside, Hollywood, Ventura and Burbank


Claudia Patton


Teaching in Culver city, Hollywood, Los Angeles & Orange County


Azita Rezaei


Teaching in Fairfield, Fremont, Fresno, Bakersfield and Burbank


Jorge Elizalde


Teaching in Modesto, Tracy, Stockton, Turlock & Fresno


Elizabeth Bertolone


Teaching in Gilroy, Campbell, Salinas, & San Jose


Iris Cervantes


Teaching in La Mesa, Temecula, Riverside & San Diego


Sony Duong


Teaching in Garden Grove, Anaheim, Long Beach & Los Angeles


Sonia Haloulos


Teaching in San Diego, La Mesa, National City & Chula Vista





Private Dmv Verification Agent Classes also available

Private Dmv Registration Agent Classes also available

Private Dmv Dismantler License Classes also available

Private Dmv Renewal License Classes are also available