Becoming a Dealer in South Carolina

start new dealer south carolinaYou have made the first step in becoming a licensed dealer. CIADA will provide you with all of the training and tools you will need to become a successful dealer.

We teach the State mandated course as well as provide additional resources to make the process of becoming a dealer as simple as possible. Being a member of the CIADA will ensure a smooth transition through the many steps necessary to become a legal dealership.

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The Carolinas Independent Automobile Dealers Association has been educating Independent Dealers since July, 2002. Our highly trained and experienced instructors have educated thousands of new and experienced dealers! Our Pre-Licensing class won a national award for excellence and is recognized as "the Cadillac of dealer education programs”.

The State of South Carolina requires all persons who wish to become a Independent Automobile Dealer (Used car Dealer) to take a state mandated 8 hour class. We offer that class every month to everyone who wishes to become a dealer.

The following pdf is the SC Motor Vehicle Dealer License Minimum Requirements:

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The fee for the class is $400.00
Included in that fee are many benefits that only the CIADA can provide.

Select a Class date below to register now.

February 2022
Tuesday, February 08, 2022
8:30am SC Pre-licensing Class - Rock Hill

Whats Included?

  1. The 8 Hour class. It begins at 8:30 AM and ends at 5:30 PM Day. (LUNCH IS PROVIDED!)
  2. One year membership with CIADA. Includes over $9,000.00 in Auction savings off your buy or sell fees at over 60 auctions throughout the Carolinas and up and down the East coast.
  3. A CIADA Member Liaison to assist you with each and every step of the process of becoming a dealer.
  4. A sample pack of 5 of each of our forms, a SC Documentation Fee Sign, an Education Binder and Flash Drive full of important documents for your dealership

Frequently Asked Questions

Is that all?

That’s just the beginning! When you take the CIADA Pre-Licensing class, we GIVE you a year’s membership in the Carolinas Independent Automobile Dealers Association – CIADA – THE trade association for North and South Carolina Independent Dealers. As a member, you will receive monthly newsletters full of information important to your business, as well as magazines and other publications. As soon as you get your license and notify us that you are a dealer, we will activate your membership and within 2 weeks you will receive your 4 coupon books via the CIADA Coupon App that may be used to save you $$$$ in buy or sell fees at various auctions! You will have access to our business partners – vendors providing products and services, many with special programs for members. You also receive the NIADA benefits with your 1 year membership.

What else do I get from my money???

We will provide you with resources for required forms, software, insurance and bonds, and virtually everything else you need to successfully run your dealership.

What will I learn in the class?

In class you will learn how to set up your business and get your license; how to buy, display, and sell vehicles including all the required paperwork; and how to keep those cars sold by staying in compliance with state and federal laws regulating this industry. We discuss privacy issues, damage disclosure, warranties and service contracts, financing, repossession, bonds and insurance and much, much more.

We saved the BEST for last!

We want you to be successful in your business. For one year after you complete the class, we provide you with free consulting services! You can call or e-mail us with any questions you have, problems you are experiencing, issues you need to resolve and if we don’t know the answer we will research it and get an answer for you. Call us when you are completing your first deal and we will talk you through the paperwork. Call us when you are not sure how to answer a customer’s questions and we’ll help you out. Call us when a customer has a complaint and we can help you figure out what you need to do.

What some of our graduates had to say about our class...

"I grew up in the used car business and I take it very seriously as a reputable profession. I have been to hundreds of seminars, classes and conferences over the past 15 years. This class was by far the best "real world” information that I have ever received.”

"Best money I’ve spent all year”

"I wish all training seminars were this effective, informative and entertaining!”

"This has been one of the most well done classes of its kind that I have ever attended”

"Well worth the cost if you are serious about the car business”

"Nothing but the best – thanks for the support!”