In California, if you’ve got a new vehicle, you can’t just keep your old one on the lot.
If you have a $50,000 car that’s been on the lots for 10 years, it can’t be sold to anyone else.
And if you’re buying a used car, you have to have a buyer’s license and pay $150,000 in sales tax, plus a $15,000 registration fee.
You also need to have an independent inspection and a dealer license, which means you’ll have to get a title from a licensed real estate agent, too.
So it’s a hassle.
But you might be able to get some help from the California Auto Dealers Association, which is an industry group that advocates for consumers.
It has a website, www.californiasadvisorygroup.org, where you can check out the latest rules.
“If you’re looking for an opportunity to get into the market, it’s helpful to see if there are any regulations in place that might make it easier,” said John McAlister, the group’s chief executive.
You’ll also want to check to see what’s going on in the state’s auto-parts market.
It’s not that dealers have been quiet about the state of the industry, McAlisters said, but the big players like GM and Chrysler are struggling.
They’re working to fix the problems, which include a lack of state-mandated inspections and a lack, for example, of independent inspection.
So, you’ll want to have some experience in auto-related matters.
If it’s not too much to ask, McAllister said, you might want to consider a California-based company that specializes in buying and selling vehicles.
The best way to do that, he said, is by looking for a dealership near you.
That could mean driving to a store like General Motors, Ford or Toyota in Southern California, where a dealership can get you started with a car that you can drive yourself.
Or it could mean visiting a dealership in another state, like Florida.
That might mean calling a dealer near you and getting a car loan.
“You don’t need a lot of experience to be able take care of a vehicle that you buy,” McAllisters said.
You can get a quote from a car-buying agent, he added, and you can even get an appraisal by using a vehicle-buyservicing company called Vantage Automotive.
It can even be a quick and simple process.
“The process is quick and easy,” McAlsters said.
And you’ll be able, he hopes, to make the money back in a few years.
And there’s a good chance you’ll find that you’re willing to pay more.
The average monthly payment on a car is $1595, according to Vantage.
That’s a lot less than the average $19,700 you’ll pay if you bought a used vehicle.
And that’s a much smaller sum than the $27,500 you’d pay if your car is used, said Mark Hofer, president of Vantage’s car-pricing business.
But if you need to upgrade your car, Hofer said, it may be worth the cost.
For example, you may want to replace your brakes, wheels or suspension, he explained.
You may want a new engine or a new transmission.
Or you might just want to get rid of an old car, said Hofer.
“It’s a business decision,” he said.
“I can’t really speak to what that decision will be.
It depends on the circumstances.”