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Q: Are you a dealership?
A: Yes. We're a California licensed, bonded and insured dealership. CA Lic. No. 99548

Q: Why did you choose Capital City over Capitol City?  :-))

"Capital" can be a noun or an adjective. Capital can refer to uppercase letters, accumulated wealth, or the city that serves as the seat of a country’s or state’s government such as Sacramento.

"Capitol" is a building in which the legislative body of government meets. In the United States, the Capitol is a building in Washington in which the US Congress meets.

Q: What kind of vehicles does CAPITAL CITY EV OUTLET buy or consign?
A: We are very selective about what we advertise to the end user so that each buyer receives best quality and value when they purchase their vehicle through the dealership.

We generally only buy vehicles that are not beyond 7 years old or have more than 75,000 miles.

We do not buy or sell damaged, unsafe, excessively used, excessively modified or extremely aged vehicles. Your vehicle must meet our strict standards.

We do not buy vehicles with branded titles such as Salvage or Rebuilt.

Your vehicle is subject to approval and acceptance at the sole descretion of CAPITAL CITY EV OUTLET. The information you provide about your vehicle or its registered owners will be validated by us. A basic visual inspection as well as interior and exterior assessments of your vehicle will be performed along with a driving road test.

CAPITAL CITY EV OUTLET reserves the right to deny service for any reason not mentioned herein.


Q: I own a gas powered vehicle and want to trade it in for an EV or Hybrid, will you take it in on trade?
A: Although we only sell Electric, Hybrid or Hybrid Plug-in vehicles, we may still be able to provide you with a fair offer for your gas powered vehicle if it meets our strict standards. We may be able to help you Get Out of Gas!


Q: What is a Consignment Agreement?
A: A Consignment Agreement is a contract that places an item the consignor (or owner) owns with the consignee (or seller) for the consignee to sell. The consignee takes a commission or fee and then the remainder of the sale price is paid to the consignor. With traditional Consignment you leave your vehicle at the dealership for them to sell it for you.


Q: Who are your typical Consignment sellers?
A: Our sellers desire to sell their car privately at a higher retail value and without the hassle, time commitment and risk of doing it themselves.


Q: How long will it take to sell my vehicle on Consignment?
A: We advertise your vehicle aggressively in the local and national marketplace. Every situation is different as national economic factors, seasons, vehicle pricing, vehicle condition and supply of similar vehicles all impact the sales process. The typical vehicle sells within 60 days. 


Q: What is Consignment Plus? 
A: We invented Consignment Plus! With traditional consignment you leave your vehicle at the dealership for them to sell it for you. In this case, you wouldn't be able to use your vehicle while it's consigned to the dealership. With Consignment Plus, after you consign your vehicle to us, we give you the option to sign a separate "Vehicle Use Agreement," which allows you to use your vehicle even while we're marketing it for you. We refer to this as "Consignment Plus." The Vehicle Use Agreement is offered by CAPITAL CITY EV OUTLET as a special privilege to the consignor, although the agreement can be voided by us if the conditions set forth within the Agreement aren't met by the consignor. Generally, we do not offer the Vehicle Use Agreement for vehicles with a value less than $45,000, although we may make an exception on a case by case basis.


Q: Who is responsible for vehicle Smog inspection? (for Consignment & Consignment Plus only, not Cash Offers. If you sold your vehicle for cash to the dealership, the dealership assumes responsibility for the smog inspection.)
A: The consignment seller is solely responsible for compliance with all State Emission Control Laws. You must provide a valid SMOG Certificate before CAPITAL CITY EV OUTLET can consign or advertise it, or transfer it to a new owner. We partner with and have negotiated good rates with local Smog Inspection companies on behalf of our Consignment sellers. NOTE: Smog certifications are not required for transfers that occur for a gasoline powered motor vehicle that is four or less model years old. (Determine the oldest-qualifying year model by subtracting three from the current year) the four or less model years old rule does not apply to diesel powered vehicles. A smog transfer fee will be collected from the new owner.


Q: What is the CASH OFFER?
A: Due to individual circumstances, some sellers cannot wait for us to sell their vehicle under a consignment agreement. Or, some sellers just want to get on down the road into another vehicle! If your vehicle meets our strict standards and marketplace focus, we may be able to offer you an instant cash offer.


Q: How do you appraise my vehicle?
A: We are experts at appraising vehicles so that they are competitively priced in the marketplace. We assess the condition of your vehicle to maximize its value for both seller and buyer.

Here are the simple steps to a cash offer:

- Call, email or use the online contact form to make initial contact with us to discuss your vehicle.

- Make an in-person appointment.

- We'll inspect your vehicle, verify vehicle history and registered owners and will provide a price if it meets our strict standards.

- Accept our offer and collect a Check or we'll initiate a Payoff
When you accept our offer, we’ll complete all the paperwork and cut you a check!
If there's an outstanding balance due to the lienholder, we'll send them a check.


1. Vehicle Title (if available)
We will need your title in order to transfer ownership. Also, any and all individuals listed as a registered owner of your vehicle need to be present at the time of sale in order to sign all transfer and payoff documents.
If you lost your title or any of the registered owners cannot be present, please call our office before your visit.

2. DMV Registration (Must match the name shown on your Valid Photo ID)
If your registration is expired – no worries, we can still buy your car. Any outstanding balance owed to the DMV will just be deducted from the purchase price of your car.
3. Valid Photo ID (Must match the name shown on the DMV Registration)
The driver’s license, military identification card or passport are all fine by us.

4. Keys, Remotes & Accessories 
Give us what you have! If you’re missing anything, don’t worry about trying to get a new one. Depending on the year, make and model of your car, we’ll just deduct the cost from our offer for your car. There’s one less thing to stress about.

5. Service Records and Vehicle Owner's Manual (if available)


Bring your 10-day payoff quote from your lender as well as your account information.
(Screenshots of loan payoffs aren't acceptable, payoffs must be provided on official banking institution letterhead along with all pertinent account information.)
All registered owner(s), co-signer(s) or co-applicant(s) must all be present to sign required documents.

Bring your 10-day payoff quote from your lender as well as your account information.
Many vehicles are eligible to be purchased by us and may be of benefit to the seller prior to returning to lessor because of their positive equity. Please note that Leasing rules vary between companies and you may not be able to sell a Leased vehicle without first registering it into your name.
All registered owner(s), co-signer(s) or co-applicant(s) must all be present to sign required documents.
Please note – if there is negative equity on the payoff, we must collect the deficiency from you in order to provide the lender with the full amount of the payoff before receiving the title.

WHAT ABOUT POSITIVE EQUITY (If Owned Outright, Financed OR Leased)
In the event that there is positive equity on the payoff, we will gladly cut you a check!

The dealership is required to make payoff (either by Overnight Mail or by Bank Wire) within the 10 day payoff period shown on the payoff Statement.
Even if the dealership has sent payoff within the payoff period, your banking system may take up to a full payment cycle (30 days) to reflect a zero balance on your account.


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