Can you buy cars from an auto auction and sell from home?

I'm looking for information on buying cars from an auto auction and selling them from.... well not necessarily your home, but having them in some parking lot with a for sale sign as some extra side cash. Is a dealer's license required for this? If so, how do you go about acquiring one in the state of california? I do know that one is required after selling so many vehicles, but the part I'm confused on is do you need a lot or not? Like I said this is some extra side cash as I'm happy with my current job! I have also read about "dealers" doing the sales from home "posing" as a private party. Is this illegal? Any information would be appreciated!

Asked By: - 2/27/2012
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What you are proposing doing is pretty much illegal or against the law in every state. Unless you obtain a dealers license & follow the requirements... More
Answered By: Never - 2/27/2012
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You can buy cars at auction if you think you can compete with dealers who do that everyday. Personally, I feel more comfortable buying cars from craigslist and not having to compete with every dealer and other person who wants to do the same thing.
Answered By: Pete M - 2/27/2012
Lets review your question and apply a simple answer .You asked if you can buy cars at an auction and resell them for some side cash. The answer is No to auction cars because that puts your bid in competition with hundreds of others with the same goal and the big dealers will overbid everytime. What you can and should... More
Answered By: King Solomon - 2/27/2012
I don't know about CA specifically but usually there is nothing illegal about flipping cars as long as you declare all your profits. Just be aware that auction cars can be tricky. You may end up with a car that requires more repairs than you anticipated or you may overpay for a vehicle and end up selling it for a... More
Answered By: Bandit-05 - 2/27/2012
Without a dealer's license your limited to selling only 10 cars per year.
Answered By: don r - 2/27/2012
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