DECIDE FOR YOURSELF IF THE BEEPI.COM IS A SCAM OR LEGIT AFTER READING THE USER REVIEWS BELOW

DECIDE FOR YOURSELF IF THE BEEPI.COM IS A SCAM OR LEGIT AFTER READING THE USER REVIEWS BELOW

Positive Experiences

  • This was the best car buying experience I have ever had! The whole staff was very helpful. Any questions I had, they responded quickly. they delivered my car at my place of work. I was able to sign all of the documents, and test drive the car within 20min. The car was very clean, they put brand new tires on the car! all of the fluids were topped off, and the oil was clean, and filled.
  • Take a look at the Beepi reviews.   There are 2 kinds of Beepi review – 95% of them are 4 or 5 star reviews – compare that with reviews for any other car dealer at all — that tells you everything you need to know.    Then there are the 1 star reviews – these are either fake (from other car dealers) or from people who had a car that did not meet Beepi’s standards, and so Beepi would not buy it from them.
  • I explored Beepi when selling my Lexus RX400h.  Their model is great, and their communication was very good.  I’m glad I discovered them.  They are definitely the best way to sell a used car.  I’ll definitely consider buying from them as well.

Negative Experiences

  • Overall bad experience from receiving an inaccurate quote, delay in receiving a follow up response and ultimately an uncompetitive trade in price. I was hoping beepi would resolve the current challenges in the used car market. I’m afraid beepi appears to just be another used car marketplace without the transformational DNA required to disrupt the status quo. I think they have the right intentions but there is a long long way for them to go.
  • Beepi is horrible, they called me unsolicited then came and inspected my brand new 650i BMW. After wasting my time for 90 minutes they sent me an email saying that the vehicle was in a prior collision. How can that be when I purchased it brand new from the BMW dealer with 0 mileage on it and I’m the first and only driver. Please refrain from using Beepi they make complete false and inaccurate assessments.
  • Site does not work, service is not what is advertised. Save yourself the time, time, time, frustration and confusion topped off with realizing that the used car salesman is a pleasure to deal with in comparison.
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aviation extinguishers are expensive but might be the tesla solution

TAKE A CUE FROM THE AVIATION INDUSTRY AND ENGINE FIRES
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Eclipse Aerospace, another innovative company, holds a patent on Phostrex, an environmentally friendly fire extinguishing agent. The phostrex is contained in a tiny canister and is used to put out a fire in the jet engine. It’s extraordinarily powerful. A demo can be seen on youtube. I have no idea how well it works on a lithium fire as its mechanism is to displace oxygen, but I understand oxygen deprivation is generally the strategy in dealing with lithium fires.

In the Eclipse there are two guarded switches, one for each engine. The first push cuts off fuel to the engine and the second releases the Phostrex. In the Tesla the first push would trip the master breaker and the second would release the Phostrex. Perhaps an expensive solution, as each canister for a small jet engine costs about $7500, but that’s aviation pricing which is generally higher than automotive by a factor of ten.

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( such test drive is legal for up to 7 days )

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we are observers of the various disrurtive technology used car sales models

all of the models we have observed are illegal in one form or another

each currently has serious violations of used car dealer law

these violations occur in every model we have examined

@beepi

@trycarlypso

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critical violations bring immediate government intervention

such as

manulation of sales tax or to not collect it for the state

failure to post appropriate dmv fines & fees

failure to post or provide mandated consumer protection items

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one of the most important mandated consumer protection items

carries a whopping $ 16K fine per vehicle for deliberate non compliance

the Federal Trade Commission @FTC

mandates a federal buyer guide be posted on every used car

a licensed dealer offers for sale

consigned vehicles can only be offered for sale by licensed retail dealers

therefore every used car sales model

employing disruptive technology

must be licensed retail dealers

must have a vaild signed consignment agreement

on file at their licensed dealer location

and

must post a federal buyers guide on each vehicle offered for sale

our question is:

how long can you ignore federal law and have a successful used car sales model ???

 

BHPH must include 30 day warranty

AB 1447 (Feuer)
Automobile sales finance: sellers.

The Rees-Levering Motor Vehicle Sales and Finance Act regulates conditional sales contracts for motor vehicles, and, among other things, requires a person selling or leasing a motor vehicle under a conditional sale contract to disclose certain information to the buyer of the vehicle.

A willful violation of those provisions is a misdemeanor and may render the contract unenforceable. A seller who violates the provisions of the act may also be liable to the buyer for monetary damages.

This bill requires a buy-here-pay-here dealer, as defined, to issue a 30-day or 1,000-mile warranty to the buyer or lessee of a used vehicle bought or leased at retail price, and would require the warranty to cover the engine, transmission, drive axle, front and rear wheel drive components, engine cooling system, brakes, front and rear suspension systems, steering, seatbelts, inflatable restraint systems, catalytic converter or other emissions components, heater, seals and gaskets, electrical, electronic, and computer components, alternator, generator, starter, and ignition system.

The bill requires the buy-here-pay-here dealer to either repair those covered parts that fail or, at the buy-here-pay-here dealers election, to cancel the sale or lease and reimburse the buyer or lessee, as specified.

The bill requires the buy-here-pay-here dealer to pay 100% of the cost of labor and parts for any repairs under the warranty.

The bill voids any sales agreement for the purchase or lease of a vehicle that waives, limits, or disclaims these requirements.

The bill provides that a warranty is deemed to have been issued if a buy-here-pay-here dealer fails to issue a warranty pursuant to these provisions.

The bill prohibits a buy-here-pay-here dealer from requiring the buyer to make payments in person, with the exception of the downpayment for the vehicle,

The bill prohibits the buy-here-pay-here dealer from repossessing the vehicle or charging a penalty following timely payment of a deferred downpayment.

The bill prohibits the buy-here-pay-here dealer from, after the sale of the vehicle, tracking the vehicle using electronic tracking technology and from disabling the vehicle with starter interrupt technology, except as specified, and would make a violation of these prohibitions a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.

The bill also makes findings and declarations related to buy-here-pay-here dealers, and would authorize the Department of Motor Vehicles to promulgate any necessary regulations.

The federal buyers guide must be posted to reflect a 30 day 1000 mile warranty if buy here pay here financing is offered within the dealership.

 

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all that talent and still not quite legal @beepi

we are students of the automotive sales industry

and retired law enforcement training officers

we run the largest dmv certified car dealer school in california

we have watched others pour millions

into failed disruptive technology attempts

look at carwoo

look at truecar

look at best offer

my 3 questions for the beepi.com disruptive technology model are these

where are the buyers guides??

where are the happy stickers??

where are the insured dealer plates??

if you have not addressed these three significant questions

your $ 65M startup is doomed for failure

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dmv car dealer plate rules

dmv dealer plate use from the california code of regulations

BARCLAYS OFFICIAL CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS
TITLE 13. MOTOR VEHICLES
DIVISION 1. DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES
CHAPTER 1. DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES
ARTICLE 3.3. SPECIAL PLATES

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This database is current through 3/16/15 

§ 201.00. Use of Special Plates Issued to a Dealer, Manufacturer, Remanufacturer, or Distributor.

(a) Special plates referenced in this section may only be used on vehicles that a dealer, manufacturer, remanufacturer, or distributor owns or lawfully possesses.

(b) The following individuals may operate a vehicle with special plates for any purpose:

(1) An individual who is the sole owner, a general partner, a manager of a limited liability company, or a corporate officer or director of a dealer, manufacturer, remanufacturer, or distributor, provided that individual is actively engaged in the management and control of the business operations of the dealer, manufacturer, remanufacturer, or distributor;

(2) A general manager, or business manager, or sales manager who is actively engaged in the management and control of the business operations of the dealer, manufacturer, remanufacturer, or distributor when no other individual meets the criteria in (1) above;

(3) An individual employed by a manufacturer or distributor and licensed as a representative.

(c) Any licensed driver may operate a vehicle with special plates for any purpose if an individual identified in section (b) is also in the vehicle.

(1) An unaccompanied licensed driver, who regularly resides in the immediate household of an individual identified in section (b), may operate a vehicle with special plates solely to pick up or drop off that individual.

(d) A licensed driver who is an employee of a dealer, manufacturer, remanufacturer or distributor may drive a vehicle with special plates when that employee is acting within the course and scope of his or her employment.

(e) Any licensed driver may operate a vehicle with dealer, manufacturer, remanufacturer, or distributor special plates for special event purposes if the operator carries a letter of authorization from the licensee identifying the vehicle, duration, and location of operation, and person(s) authorized to operate the vehicle.

(f) Any licensed driver, who is a prospective buyer or lessee, may test drive a vehicle with special plates for up to seven days.

(1) A salesperson is not required to be present.

(2) If a salesperson is not present, the operator must carry a letter of authorization from the licensee identifying the vehicle, duration, and person(s) authorized to operate the vehicle.

(g) Employees of a commercial vehicle dealer, manufacturer, remanufacturer, or distributor who must operate a commercial vehicle in the course of their employment, may take a commercial drive test in a commercial vehicle displaying dealer, manufacturer, remanufacturer, or distributor special plates.

(h) A trailer, displaying special plates, may be towed by a vehicle with Vehicle Code authority to operate on the highways.

(i) Any use of special plates issued to a dealer, manufacturer, remanufacturer, or distributor except as specified is prohibited.

Note: Authority cited: Section 1651, Vehicle Code. Reference: Sections 11714, 11715 and 11716, Vehicle Code.

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Are you complying with the Red Flags Rule?

The Red Flags Rule requires many businesses and organizations to implement a written Identity Theft Prevention Program designed to detect the warning signs — or “red flags” — of identity theft in their day-to-day operations. By identifying red flags in advance, businesses will be better equipped to spot suspicious patterns that may arise — and take steps to prevent a red flag from escalating into a costly episode of identity theft.

Resources on this site can help business people educate their staff and colleagues about complying with the Red Flags Rule.

What Compliance Looks Like

Your Identity Theft Prevention Program is a “playbook” that must include reasonable policies and procedures for detecting, preventing, and mitigating identity theft. Your Program should enable your organization to:

  1. identify relevant patterns, practices, and specific forms of activity — the “red flags” — that signal possible identity theft;
  2. incorporate business practices to detect red flags;
  3. detail your appropriate response to any red flags you detect to prevent and mitigate identity theft; and
  4. be updated periodically to reflect changes in risks from identity theft.

The Red Flags Rule also includes guidelines to help financial institutions and creditors develop and implement a Program, including a supplement that offers examples of red flags.

The FTC and the federal financial agencies have issued Frequently Asked Questions and answers to help businesses comply with the Rule.

Who Must Comply with the Red Flags Rule?

The Rule requires “financial institutions” and “creditors” that hold consumer accounts designed to permit multiple payments or transactions — or any other account for which there is a reasonably foreseeable risk of identity theft — to develop and implement an Identity Theft Prevention Program for new and existing accounts. The definition of “financial institution” includes:

  • all banks, savings associations, and credit unions, regardless of whether they hold a transaction account belonging to a consumer; and
  • anyone else who directly or indirectly holds a transaction account belonging to a consumer.

A change in the law on December 18, 2010 amended the the definition of “creditor,” and limits the circumstances under which creditors are covered. The new law covers creditors who regularly, and in the ordinary course of business, meet one of three general criteria. They must:

  • obtain or use consumer reports in connection with a credit transaction;
  • furnish information to consumer reporting agencies in connection with a credit transaction; or
  • advance funds to — or on behalf of — someone, except for funds for expenses incidental to a service provided by the creditor to that person.

Bookmark this site and check it often for revisions that reflect changes in the law.

 


 

 

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Avoid ID Theft: Deter, Detect, Defend

A one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help you deter, detect, and defend against identity theft.

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where do i find the VIN ???

What’s a VIN?
A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is the 17-character identifier for your car, truck, or motorcycle. It looks like this: 1VXBR12EXCP901213, and encodes the vehicle’s manufacturer, features, and serial number. No two vehicles have the same VIN, so it serves as your car’s fingerprint– this allows for all reports of accidents, title problems, insurance incidents, and more to be tracked through each vehicle’s VIN.

Through VinAudit.com, you can look up records associated with your VIN instantly:

Enter VIN:
What’s this? Example: 1VXBR12EXCP901213

Where can I find my VIN?
You can find your vehicle’s VIN in the title document, the vehicle registration, and on the insurance policy. The VIN could also be located at the following locations on the car itself:

 

  • On the driver’s side dashboard
    (viewable through the windshield)
  • On the driver’s side door
    (on a sticker in the door jamb)

Why would I order a VIN report?
A VIN report lets you learn about your vehicle’s history. It includes checks for whether the car has been stolen, experienced accidents, recorded as salvaged, as well as many othertitle problem checks. Ordering a VIN report before purchasing a vehicle allows you to catch potential problems and purchase with confidence.

@instamotor ??? innovative startup or rogue lawless car dealer ???

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Minnie Ingersoll’s San Francisco startup Shift looks and acts like an online used car dealer. It advertises cars for sale on its website and makes money when one is sold. But if you ask Ingersoll what Shift is, she insists, “We’re not trying to be a dealer.”

Venture capitalists have invested $23.5 million into Shift and millions more into a handful of similar startups seeking to revolutionize the way used cars are bought and sold. But like Uber, which revolutionized the taxi business while ducking taxi regulations, some of these companies avoid offering the basic consumer protections required of a dealer by claiming not to be one.

Photo of a used car.

Each company is a little different, but most are based in the San Francisco Bay Area and all are founded on the notion of using the web to pair buyers and sellers in an efficient, peer-to-peer marketplace that eliminates the hassles and risks of buying and selling a used car.

“It is, on the surface, a great new idea, just like Uber taxi cabs,” said Larry Laskowski, the executive director of the Independent Automobile Dealers Association of California. But he worries consumers will face problems. “Everything is fine until somebody gets an eye poked out,” he said.

California law defines as a car dealer anyone who, in return for money, “exchanges, buys, or offers for sale, negotiates or attempts to negotiate” the sale of vehicles. Car dealers say they have complained to the California Department of Motor Vehicles that these online startups are endangering consumers by sidestepping the protections required of traditional operations, although used car dealers don’t typically enjoy good reputations with consumers either. Both car dealers and startup executives told FairWarning the DMV is investigating. The department refused to comment.

The startups are so new it’s unclear whether consumers have more problems with them or traditional car dealers, but there have been complaints of low-ball price quotes and registration snafus.

On Yelp, the online review site, a user named Aaron G. from San Francisco said Shift sold him a car without informing him, or even realizing, that the seller still had an outstanding loan. He said Shift asked him to front the money to pay it off, leaving him vulnerable if something went wrong or another problem emerged. “I would have paid for the car without becoming the owner,” Aaron G. wrote. Eventually, however, it was straightened out and he bought the car.

Photo of Larry Laskowski, executive director of the Independent Automobile Dealers Association of California

Another Yelp reviewer, jett s. of Oakland, wrote that a startup called Beepi registered his newly purchased car at his work address instead of his home and didn’t seem to care about fixing the mistake once the sale was made. He later revised his review, saying Beepi contacted him to apologize after he made his initial post to Yelp. “I would guess that my issues with them are simply growing pains, so I would now recommend them to someone with the caveat to not sign papers / pay for the car if there are any errors in the paperwork,” jett wrote.

Used car dealers are governed by numerous rules. Federal regulations require them to post warranty information on every vehicle for sale. California law layers on additional protections, including requirements for dealers to conduct a basic inspection of all vehicles they sell, to guarantee that the cars’ safety features function properly; to inform consumers of their right to obtain a third-party inspection; and to provide a vehicle history report from the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System, among other things.

FairWarning spoke with the executives of five startup companies. Two companies based in California – Shift and Instamotor – said they are not car dealers, and thus not governed by dealer regulations, although they noted they voluntarily provide some of the required protections, like conducting inspections or obtaining a vehicle history report.

The CEO of a third California startup, Tom Nguyen of Carkibo, said his company is a “peer-to-peer concierge” and “not like a car dealer,” but refused to respond when asked if it follows dealer regulations. He did say, however, that Carkibo was in the process of getting a dealer’s license to ensure that it wasn’t operating in a gray area.

Only the executives of Tred, a company based in Seattle, and Beepi, the largest of the online startups with $79 million in venture capital investments, called themselves car dealers and said they comply with all of the regulations required of one.

“It has not been an issue for us to abide by the dealer rules in Washington state,” said Tred co-founder and CEO Grant Feek, although he noted regulations do differ from state to state.

Photo of Minnie Ingersoll, CEO of Shift

The startups have the potential to confuse consumers because their websites appear very similar to those of online car dealers, like Carlypso in the Bay Area and Carvana in Atlanta. Further complicating matters is the fact that these online companies seem to frequently change their operating models.

For example, Val Gui, co-founder of Instamotor, said his company initially performed all of the duties of a dealer and even had a dealer’s license. But he said the company found abiding by dealer regulations to be “too expensive for the value customers were getting out it,” and eventually decided to change its operating model to a peer-to-peer service.

Today, Instamotor just obtains a Carfax vehicle history report and a recall check, and conducts an inspection that includes the items required of dealers under state law. Unlike other companies, Instamotor doesn’t make its money directly from car sales. Rather, it generates revenue from referral fees if buyers purchase car insurance through one of its network of carriers.

The three other California companies profit directly when a car sells. Shift guarantees sellers a minimum sale price for their cars, then takes 50 percent of whatever the vehicles sell for above that price. Carkibo takes as much as a 5 percent commission from the sale price of cars sold through its service. Beepi guarantees sellers a price for the car, then charges buyers 1 percent to 9 percent more, which the company pockets as revenue.

Among the California startups, only Beepi says it is a car dealer while the other insist they’re not.

“Shift is absolutely committed to abiding by all applicable laws and regulations,” said Ingersoll, Shift’s co-founder and chief operating officer, in an email. “…However, given that Shift operates completely in the peer-to-peer market, the dealer-based regulations … do not apply to our operations.”

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Ingersoll called Shift a car listing service, like AutoTrader or eBay Motors, which allow sellers to list a car and buyers to get vehicle information, along with access to services such as mechanical inspections. She said Shift conducts a 150-point inspection of the vehicles for sale on its site, but declined to respond when asked if that inspection covered the items required under the law.

Beepi co-founder Owen Savir, on the other hand, said the company’s 185-point inspection includes everything required of car dealers. “We think playing by the rules is very important,” Savir said, especially for a company like Beepi. However, under Beepi’s operating model, buyers don’t have the opportunity to test drive cars: the first time they see a car is after they’ve purchased it. Savir said the company felt that if it was asking buyers to take such a leap of faith, Beepi needed to offer the highest protections, included meeting all the existing requirements of car dealers.

“I can tell you that we chose the hard way,” Savir said. “It’s definitely easier to say, ‘I’m not a dealer, I don’t need to abide by the rules.’ ”

– See more at: http://www.fairwarning.org/2015/03/used-car-startups-do-a-wheelie-around-consumer-protection-rules/#sthash.1MVe7aot.dpuf

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Retro license plate proposal on the move

California lawmakers can’t roll back gas prices or revive eight-track tape players, but they soon may offer motorists something else from decades past: replica license plates.

Assembly Bill 1658 would allow the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue plates resembling those of the 1950s, through ’80s for a fee – $50 initially, $40 per year – to cover administrative costs and raise money for environmental projects.

Assemblyman Mike Gatto, a Los Angeles Democrat who proposed the bill, said it capitalizes on nostalgia and recent production of retro-style vehicles. “What’s old is new,” he says, “and it might make the state a little money, too.”

Plates would not be issued by the DMV until 7,500 had been ordered by the public. They would come in three classic designs, with black lettering on a yellow background, or yellow lettering on either a black or blue background.

The new plates would not be exact reproductions, however. Current plates have seven digits, for example, while those of decades past had six. Reflectivity and font-type standards also have changed through the decades.

AB 1658 received bipartisan support in the Assembly Transportation Committee, 14-0, and is awaiting action in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

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