Auto Advantage in San Diego, CA

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Auto Advantage specializes in clean, quality vehicles for under $8,000.

We will purchase your used vehicle even if you don't buy one of ours. I will pay a fair price for your clean, good running vehicle. In most cases, I can pay substantially more than Carmax or other dealers. The whole process is very quick and easy. I will even come to the location of your choosing to inspect your car and pay cash on the spot.


Established in 2008.

Auto Advantage was started in 2008 in Brevard County, Florida. I moved to beautiful San Diego in February 2010 and opened up shop a few months later.

Business continues to improve each year as I learn something new on every car that I sell and buy.

Auto Advantage

Dealer Info:

Phone(s):(619) 754-3939
Address:5465 Gaines, San Diego, CA, 92110

Reviews on Auto Advantage

Andy R. | 2015-04-20

I recently sold a car to Erik and the experience was great. He was responsive, came to me, and on time. He was very thorough in looking over the car which is great for buyers because he doesn't buy junk. At the same time he was respectful to me as the seller and didn't try to lowball me just to turn a bigger profit for himself. The price paid was excellent in my opinion especially considering what the market was asking for similar cars. I'd highly recommend sellers giving him a call first if they have quality cars in the $10K range.

Kristen S. | 2015-03-10

Eric is really great.  He came to look at my car I was selling on Craigslist- he was prompt and  professional- he was honest and knowledgeable about the car and did not low ball me.  He actually offered me more than what I expected to get for it.  He paid cash and paperwork was no problem.  I would definitely do business with him again and recommend him to others.

Willie T. | 2015-03-05

LOCATION HAS CHANGED to a place off morena blvd!!!! Just fyi.

Erik is a great dude, honest and understanding... What a car dealer should be. As someone who doesn't know the difference between a tire wheel and a steering wheel (jokes) I was really reassured to be working with him. He texts back always! He's the completely opposite of shady. I had a pleasure working with him :) thanks again!!!

Kevin A. | 2015-02-20

I recently listed my car for sale on Craig's List . Erik was the first of many to respond to the ad. We made an appointment to meet and Erik arrived right on time. Erik thoroughly checked out the car and paid the listed price . The transaction was painless. Erik is a man of few words , but seemed to be a honest guy . I would definitely do business with Erik again.

Bill M. | 2015-01-30

My Review Auto Advantage
Has been altered . Actually I was very pleased with my experience of doing
business with Erik and would advise any one to see Erik for an honest
deal on a used car

Debbie U. | 2015-01-21

I went to Auto Advantage because of the reviews here on Yelp.  I can honestly say, the next time I need to buy another car, I'm definitely coming back to Erik!  I bought my car from him on 1/10/15.  The following Friday, I contacted him because I was having issues with the car and was a little disappointed because it wasn't even a week since I'd bought the car.  Erik responded right away, asking me to take the car to his mechanic.  I took it in and it was fixed the same day at NO CHARGE to me!  That is FANTASTIC service!  I highly recommend Erik to anyone!  He was patient with me and answered all my questions thoroughly.  He really is a good guy!  All you women out there who is afraid to go to a dealership alone, go see Erik! I did and I guarantee you, he will treat you with the utmost respect and give you the best value for your money!  Thank you Erik!

Kevin L. | 2014-12-28

New to San Diego, new to America, I searched for weeks for a quality used SUV which would be safe and reliable for my wife and baby girl. I saw the ad for the car and contacted Erik (be sure to call him and arrange times to meet). I had previously had very poor experiences of car salesmen, (see my other reviews), thankfully Erik was the exception to the rule. He is an honest and upfront owner operator and it was a breath of fresh air. He sold me a great car, I got it checked out at an independent mechanic and have owned it for two weeks and I am very very happy.
If we need another car, we will be back.

April M. | 2014-11-18

My husband and I were looking to buy a car right away and I was researching cars like crazy. I really wanted a Mazda 6 and looked and looked. I kept going back to Auto Advantages website and liked the prices of the cars and especially the reviews they had on Yelp!  We just got home from there and we brought home our new (used) car!  Erik was friendly, professional and worked with us COMPLETELY to get us a great deal on the Mazda 6 that I was first interested in! The whole process took about two hours and that included the test drive and signing the papers.  I would recommend Erik and Auto Advantage to anyone looking for an honest deal.  I love my new car and I especially love feeling like I got a great deal and overall we left EXTREMELY satisfied! Again, I will recommend Auto Advantage to my friends and anyone looking for a new car! Thank you Erik!

Terry D. | 2014-11-12

I had been looking for an older Mercedes for several months.  I had seen and driven many cars in this price range but all were in pretty poor condition or had obvious problems.  I saw a '95 C280 from Auto Advantage on Craigslist  and gave Erik a call.  Erik's price was at the high end of the scale as published by KBB, Carfax and other reputable sources but I have seen many cars in worse condition for nearly twice what Erik was asking.  And no other dealer had the service history for their cars, Erik did.  That is very rare from a dealer and made the car worth much more to me.

I took the day off work and drove down to San Diego and looked at the car.  It was as advertised with no surprises.  My first clue that this was the right car happened when Erik drove it around the building.  He drove into the parking lot and the car made no clunk or noise at all from the suspension.  The engine idled so smoothly I couldn't feel it vibrate in any way.  The car ran perfectly and drove straight with no squeaks or rattles.   I'm surprised how many dealers don't even do a simple alignment on their cars.  

I bought the car and opted for the 3 day CA contract cancellation (This is a state  program Erik of course complies with) and drove it straight to an independent Mercedes service shop in my town who did a new car inspection.  It drove great from San Diego to the Inland Empire.   The mechanic gave it  a clean bill of health with a few optional fixes that stem from the age of the car (some cracked suspension bushings a small leak in the valve cover gasket).  These things do not reflect poorly on Erik.  I expect them in an older car and it's not something that is cost effective for a dealer to address and as as I described above they did not affect the way the car ran or drove.

I can't recommend Auto Advantage more highly.  An honest, low pressure car sales business with a product that is exactly as advertised at a very fair price with service after the sale....what's not to like!

I would (and will) definitely buy from Erik the owner of Auto Advantage again.

Mike P. | 2014-11-01

Our son attends college in San Diego, and he needed a new car, we called Erik based on all the positive Yelp reviews. We were NOT disappointed! Erik matched our son with the perfect car for his needs and his budget, and made the whole experience smooth and simple. A car dealer with honesty, integrity and his customer's interest at heart? It's not a myth, it's Auto Advantage!

Bradley L. | 2014-10-29

A++ Dealer, and A++ quality used cars. Eric is friendly, low pressure and committed to delivering excellent preowned cars. Highly recommended.

Mic P. | 2014-10-23

Erik is awesome! He has really developed a stress free process to get you a reliable vehicle, and that's saying a lot since we have a 1 year old terrorizing spider monkey to look after (our son). I've had the car now for 3 months with no problems. If you're looking to buy a vehicle from an honest guy who is straight forward and professional in every aspect (aren't we all?) look no further than Erik.

Natalie C. | 2014-10-18

Car hunting is a major headache. I found all these amazing reviews here and had to give this guy a call. Even when he didn't have what I was looking for in his inventory right away, he followed up with me as soon as he did. I had a list of questions I found online, "things to ask when buying a used car." Before meeting up with Erik he already answered ALL the questions on his website. He worked with my budget.  Super reliable, honest and down to earth. If you're looking to buy a car, CALL ERIK.

Bobby S. | 2014-08-05

Really good on being a down to earth honest sales man you can trust. Eric did an amazing job helping with getting my next car showed me all of the reports and what was done to the vehicle. Everything was smooth and I ended up getting my car the next day, finding an honest car dealer is priceless here in CA I recommend Eric a 100%.

Justin H. | 2014-07-31

I recently purchased a car from Erik at Auto Advantage.  He made the process as comfortable as possible and I would highly recommend Auto Advantage if you are looking to sell or purchase a used car.  I was very happy with his customer service and genuine demeanor.  Overall it was a very good experience.

Tucker J. | 2014-06-05

Selling my Toyota 4runner with Auto Advantage was nothing short of AWESOME! Erik was very knowledgeable and took the time with me to explain the whole process. I got exactly what I wanted and couldn't have asked for anything better. If you need to buy or sell a car, I would highly recommend Erik.

Peter K. | 2014-05-29

Eric promptly responded to my online ad and came to my house the next day to look at my car.  He was very professional and knowledgeable the selling/buying process.  Shortly after inspecting my car and a test drive we agreed on a reasonable price.  He took care of most of the details of the change in ownership.  Overall it was an extremely quick and hassle free transaction and experience.  I'd highly recommend him.

Natalia M. | 2014-05-24


Shortly after posting an ad to sell our car on Craigslist I got an email from Eric stating he was interested.  30 minutes after that he was at our place inspecting the car and test driving it.  He was very professional and straight up with us.  Within an hour we had cash in hand, ($500) more than what the dealership wanted to pay.  It doesn't get much easier than that.

Buying and selling cars has been a nightmare from past experiences with dealerships.  One that we typically tried to avoid.  After dealing with Eric we will be working with him on our other cars and sending him referrals.  

Thanks Erik!

Monique F. | 2014-05-20

I bought a car from erik a month ago and he was very professional and very helpfull! He was also attentive and anything i asked for on his part he gave he also gave me a copy of the recent services he did on the car and kelly blue book review and all. Very up front and got a great price i recommend him as being trustworthy and also for those who intend to comply with payments and be responsible. He offers to either buy in full or with loans

Tom T. | 2014-05-05

I sold my car to Erik after we negotiated a fair price.  He was very professional and knowledgeable about cars and the selling/purchasing process.  He even offered to take care of some of the details for me, such as mailing the form to the DMV and getting the smog check.  I would definitely do business with him again.

Rachel B. | 2014-03-31

Erik gave me a great price & he was super easy to work with! And it's been a great car! Loved my experience at Auto Advantage!

Michael C. | 2014-02-08

Erik sold me an awesome truck. He was also very kind and worked with my schedule. Very cool and professional dude. Thank you

C. C. | 2014-01-29

Auto Advantage is a trustworthy car dealer and their 5 star reputation speaks for itself.  Erik is honest and his vehicles are in great condition with low mileage.  Don't waste your time at other used car dealerships because Auto Advantage is your one stop shop for affordable used vehicles.  Thanks again Erik and hope to do business with you again.  Highly recommended!!!

Nadia B. | 2013-12-10

Erik, you kick ass.
I was in need of a cheap, efficient car (aren't we all?). He had a car that was unbelievably cheap, low mileage, gas efficient, good looking, the works. The entire process was fast, and he even worked with me when I had a slight hiccup. I bought the car over a month ago, drove it all the way up to San Francisco and back, and it has been a beautiful experience. I love my car. Thank you so much, Erik!

Kristin H. | 2013-10-09

Erik was so nice and made buying a used car easy. He was up front about everything, which made our drive from OC to San Diego well worth it. We are very happy with the car we purchased from him.

Fred W. | 2013-09-20

I just sold a car to Erik and he made the experience extremely pleasant. Very good guy to work with and would recommend his service to anyone selling or buying a car.

Michael H. | 2013-08-20

Quick, fair, and honest. All questions answered with no run around. Got a great car for a great price and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Erik to anyone who's looking to purchase a vehicle.

Scott F. | 2013-08-08

We just sold a car to Erik at Auto Advantage.  Erik was easy to work with, extremely patient as we worked out bank payoffs.  He was very fair in the price and just all around great to work with.  I highly recommend Erik and Auto Advantage when you want to sell a car.

Chuck P. | 2013-06-23

I sold my car to Eric and it was as easy as can be.  I had several inquiries when I was selling my car, but dealing with Eric was quick and painless.  I wish it was this easy every time I sold something.  2 thumbs up!

Juan G. | 2013-05-23

Erik sold me the perfect car! Erik was, upfront, patient, and most of all HONEST. He sold me an older BMW with an excellent, documented service history.

If you need to buy a car, let Erik do the leg work. In my case, he had a vehicle in his inventory which he sold to me for a price that it's too hot to list here.

Erik is very low key, lets the car do the sale but also takes the time to explain all aspects of the process and/or conditions of the vehicle and its service history.

I will not hesitate to call him next time I need a well-conditioned used vehicle.

Thanks Erik!

Dawn E. | 2013-02-27

Erik was very professional and easy to work with.  I'm writing this review as someone who he purchased a car from for his dealership.  He arranged to come see my truck, showed up on time, was very thorough in inspecting the vehicle, took it for a test drive (leaving with me collateral) and then asked if he could take it to his mechanic to check out before offering me a price.  He called me back right after meeting with his mechanic and met up with me again at my house.  He made me a fair offer and paid cash on the spot. He also offered to take care of the smog directly (when I should have had to do it as the seller).  Erik was very straightforward and I look forward to getting in touch with him when I need my next car.

Greg R. | 2013-01-07

Talk about a PRISTINE QUALITY CAR! My new(er) Mercedes is AWESOME and Erik sold it to me for below bluebook.  Erik was very transparent to deal with and the purchase process was only made all the easier by his knowledge of the vehicle and full disclosure and of course his expertise with the forms was exceptional. He handled everything for me and I feel like a million bucks driving my new car! It looks and runs like a brand new showroom vehicle!
UPDATE: A BUNCH of stuff went wrong with my car just after I bought it. Sure, I accept the fact tht it's got 140k freeway miles, and it still runs pretty good, but four different danger/defect lights went on on the dash within 100 miles of my buying it. I find it highly mathematically unlikely that some funny business didn't go on here...on the other hand, even though the "Check Engine" light has been on for 5k miles, it still runs pretty good. Oh, also, Erik got three things wrong on my registration which, as a dealer, he handled...and I am STILL having to fix them and sort them out with the DMV! Sloppy paperwork Erik

John A. | 2012-11-28

Just sold my car to Erik.  Simple and easy process.  His price was fair and significantly more than Carmax.  I'd recommend him.

Andrew D. | 2012-11-07

Just purchased a BMW from Erik, was searching for a good deal for weeks.  Erik was very upfront and easy to work with and made my decission to drive to San Diego from the OC very much worth it.  Thank you Erik

Gunny G. | 2012-11-01

All I can say about Erik is he was fair, honest and the cars he sells are solid and the best you will find for the money from any dealer.  It was an easy and fast transaction and I am enjoying my car everyday.  Thanks Erik.


Jill C. | 2012-08-15

We bought a great used car from Erik for our teenager.  Wonderful process, our used car came with  a huge stack of dealer info from the previous owner. 18 months later and our car has only needed routine maintenance items replaced. I have recommend Eric to other friends looking to buy good used cars for their teenage drivers. I will look to to buy from again!

Chris O. | 2012-07-20

I sold my car to Erik from Auto Advantage.  I was impressed with his professionalism and his no nonsense approach to the transaction.  Erik was extremely thorough in both his questions about and inspection of my car.  It is clear he knows what he is looking for in purchasing cars for his business.  He is looking for well maintained cars like the one he purchased from me.  I would buy a car from Auto Advantage because my experience with Erik has demonstrated to me that he only sells quality cars.