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  1. Thinking of getting a used vehicle dealer license?  Here are some things you’ll need to do:


    •  Take the state required used motor vehicle pre-license education class.  Spend one day going over all the requirements needed to obtain your license, the State and Federal laws/rules that dealers must follow, basic tips and advice to be able to run your dealership, and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.  At the end of the class you’ll receive a certificate (good for 6 months) that needs to be sent in to the BMV with the dealer license application.

    Background Check:

    • Get your criminal history report done.  The BMV requires everyone on the license application to have electronic fingerprints and a background check done.  The results need to be sent to the BMV dealer licensing dept. and are good for 12 months. The association has the equipment here in the office if you’d like to have it done on break or after class. 

    Register the Business:

    • Do you know what type of business entity you’re going to be?  Sole proprietor, LLC, Corporation, etc.  You’ll need to register your company with the Ohio Secretary of State.  Click here to see if the business name you want to use is available:  Registering online is the fastest way to get it done and you’ll need to include a copy of the business certificate with your license application.

    Financial Information:

    • The State of Ohio requires all used car dealers to have a net worth of at least $75,000 and a surety bond of no less than $25,000.  The bond is not required if you’ve held a dealer license in the last 12 months that was not suspended or revoked.  The net worth requirement is still required.  Proof of net worth is required upon request but does not need to be turned in with the license application. 

    Permits & Licenses:

    • Make sure you check with your local zoning, city, townships, code enforcement or chamber of commerce type officials.  Verify that a used motor vehicle dealership is permitted at that location.  The BMV will not verify it for you, this is your responsibility. 

    You will need to get a County Vendor License: registering online through the Ohio Business Gateway is the fastest way:
    You may also need to obtain a FEIN (Federal Employer Identification Number)

    Building, Lot & Signs:

    • We will go over the specific requirements for the location in the pre-license class.  Everything from the size options of the display lot, the minimum height of the letters on the business sign, to how many chairs you need in the office…you’ll know everything you’ll need to have in place before the BMV can approve your license.

    License Application:

    • Fill out the used motor vehicle dealer license application.  One of the benefits of being a member of the OIADA is having us help you complete the application and monitor it while it goes through the process.  We don’t get special treatment from the BMV; we deal with this every day and know what to look for.  Having your application pre-checked, hand delivered to the BMV, and monitored while it’s being processed can expedite the process. 

    Stay Compliant:

    • Want to know where to get all the information you need before you open?  Want to know who to call when you have questions or issues once you’re open?  Join the OIADA. 


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    Still Deciding?
    Perhaps these Testimonials will help you make the wise decision.

    Thiernu Bah
    Bahluxe Auto Sale
    I am very glad to be here because I have learned more than I thought.
    Greg Pluscusky
    The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and helpful with questions.

    Matt Carrick
    Carrick’s LLC
    Is very informative.

    Lisa Stevens
    ELS Motors
    Everything is good to go.

    Maria Martinez
    Good, a lot of information

    Ben Berry
    Dealer unknown
    Good class. Very informative

    Monica Kincaid
    C & N Auto Wholesale LLC
    This class is great, I wouldn’t change a thing.

    Jason Hagan
    Hagan Motors
    Very informative

    Keith Hughes
    Hughes truck Repair LLC
    Everything was covered well.

    Jason Francis
    Auto Management Group LLC
    I enjoyed the class I thought it was thorough in content and informative.

    Terrance Meyers
    Regal Auto Sales
    Very good & informative class. Great instructor.

    Chockee Taylor
    Class was very informative & educational

    Thomas Vickers
    Very concise and efficient

    Robert Park
    Very efficient

    David Nieser
    Everything was good and knowledgeable.

    Aaron Gamble
    Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
    Great Class & Great information

    Scott Yonak
    Ohio BMV
    Excellent training – lots of information

    Najeeb Daoud
    Superior Auto Sports LLC
    Very good class I learned a lot thanks to Wendy

    Corey Dickerson
    Special Collection LLC
    Great presenter, very good at what she does!

    Danny Newsome
    One Stop Auto Sales
    It is totally a great class and covers any and all things that I will need to know to open my lot. Good review of what you will be doing, sales, buying, taxes, titles, it covers all glad it is in effect, should have been there all the time.

    John Demmers
    J & J Family Auto
    Was very helpful and a great resource for future questions. The instructor was clear and upbeat. Very easy to learn from.

    Anthony Moore
    Dealer unknown
    Very informative received way more information that I expected. Well done.

    Patrick Maculaitil
    Valley Finance LLC
    Great class…OIADA and Wendy Great Job! Very informative and educational. Also many great practical applications given.

    Pamela Kinney
    Central Auto Port LLC
    This class covered all aspects of selling & buying used cars in a fun and very informative class. The trainer really knows the business well!

    Chinedum Ndukwe
    Maxwell Luxury Imports LLC
    Wendy Rinehart is a saint & the best thing that has happened to the Ohio Car industry!

    Eddie Colavecchio
    E. P. C & Sons
    Was a well put together class. Learned a lot. Glad it was put in simple terms.

    Dalton Lindesmith
    Five Star Motors LLC
    Excellent class, very informative. I have been in the auto industry as a general manager for a while and still learned some new things!

    David Gutbercet
    Kev’s Kars
    Keep Wendy Rinehart. She does an excellent job. I thought I knew it all, but learned much, much more!

    Terrell Babb
    Everything was properly explained & presented in an easy to understand manner.

    Faizan Kureshy
    Ak Autos LLC
    The class is very informative and get a clear understanding of most of my questions.

    Michael Rowe
    D & B Auto Body & sales LLC
    I learned a lot about do’s and don’ts of dealers. This course was very instructive of absolutely everything w2e needed to know.

    Frank Incorvaia
    Low Cost Auto Group LLC
    I have been in the car business for 39+ years. This is the first time I have taken this class. I am not ashamed to say that I learned from this class. Several things actually. Wendy was terrific. Informative and interesting, friendly and funny, kept me interested the entire class. You can teach an old dog new tricks (allowed smoke breaks – big plus) Thanks Wendy!

    Rick Cole
    Avery Auto Sales
    Very informative class. Wendy expertly provided all pertinent and relative roles laws and practices in a fun entertaining way! Before the class I assumed this would be 6 hours of
    “this is what the state and federal expect and how much you owe.” Pleasantly proven wrong!

    Bonnie Rour
    D & B Auto Body Sales LLC
    Very comprehensive course. I was surprised at what I didn’t know. Atmosphere was very relaxed and the information was easily understood. All questions were taken seriously and answered completely.

    Michael Role
    D & B Auto Body Sales LLC
    I learned a lot about the do’s and don’ts of dealers. This course was very instructive of absolutely everything we needed to know.

    Jeff Williamson
    APT Alpha Plastics & Trailer Sales
    Enjoyed class, would have to have a lifelong dream of being a used car dealer, after learning all of the legal responsibility and fees that could be imposed if you make mistakes.

    Theodore Hersey
    Vehicle Management Group LLC DBA P Squared
    Far More informative than I thought. The experience of the presenter was extremely appreciated as it encouraged real life examples to bring life to the material. This was a great value.

    Keith Jordan
    Keith Jordon’s 10 and Under LLC
    I have been in the car business since 1985. This was an excellent refresher course for all of us in the business. Thought I knew quite a bit but this was a great class. I recommend this class to all dealers Wendy was Awesome!

    Faizan Kureshy
    Ak Autos LLC
    This class was very informative and get clear understanding of most of my questions.

    Jodi Mowery
    AJ’s Automotive
    Great class. Learned more than I thought I would. More stressed now but it will all be fine.

    Arron Mowery
    AJ’s Automotive
    I figured this class was bullsh*t but I must say Wendy is very knowledgeable and amazing!

    Bradley Rucker
    Adj Leasing LLC DBA 2ns Chance Auto Pro’s
    This class was great/relaxing learning environment. Thank you, the class was very informative and great.

    Jim Kohmann
    Kohmann Motors & Mowers
    Good Info. Informative organized in an easy manor to understand.

    Mark Dixon
    A2Z Used Cars LLC
    Class was the bomb! Ms. Wendy explained everything clear and I will also study more.

    Melanie Freeman
    Freemans Easy Auto Credit
    So informative! Very helpful and covered a wide range of subject area.

    Robert Colson
    Bibo Car Sales LLC
    Great class! Very informative. Wendy was very patient.

    Nancy Castillo
    Unknown dealer
    I was trying to see what were the procedures to open a dealership. Good class; good information and great speakers.

    Clifford Stapleton
    Cliff Stapleton’s Garage
    Great value. Well worth the trip and the small investment.

    Noah White
    Low Cost Auto Group LLC
    Very good instructor knows her topics very well. A wealth of information and very good in her presentation.

    David White
    Pull-A-Part Auto Sales LLC
    Every time I come to the class I always learn something new!

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