The Car Store in San Jose, CA

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Family owned and operated since 1977, The Car Store sells quality used cars and trucks at unbeatable prices.  
With over 30 years of commitment in serving the Bay Area with all its car needs.  

We realize that you have lots of choices when leasing or buying an automobile and our desire is to ensure you have the best car buying experience.  We strive to be as straight-forward and honest as possible. Throughout each of our departments, the emphasis is always on putting our customers' needs first all add up to create a simple and painless way to purchase a world class automobile at a great price.

Please call or visit us to see for yourself how different your total automotive experience can be. We do not have any unsatisfied customers.


Established in 1977.

The Car Store first opened its doors in 1977. Since day one, we've been family owned and operated. We pride ourselves on listening to the needs of our customers.

The Car Store

Dealer Info:

Phone(s):(408) 297-9700
Address:1271 S 1st St, San Jose, CA, 95110
  • Monday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Reviews on The Car Store

L T. | 2015-03-22

I really don't want to bash a business, but contrary to the reviews, this is just another used car lot. I saw an ad on Craigslist, called to confirm that they still had the car and that it was described. They said it was, so I drove an hour to see it.

I showed up, and immediately noticed that they didn't have the car listed in the ad. The car I'm looking for is a special edition, but this one was a base model. 5 speed transmission instead of the advertised 6 speed. cloth interior instead of leather. small dents all around the car. cloth interior was heavily worn. and the car stunk of smoke.

AND the car was listed $1k over what it would be worth in perfect condition. Then, the guy tried to tell me that "someone else" was driving down, and they were pretty much guaranteed to guy the car. THAT'S ME! ugh....

Eric W. | 2015-03-08

Shane, the owner, put every effort into giving us a fair deal.  He bent over backwards to satisfy the unique needs we had when my father passed away. This store breaks the mold of a "used car salesman".

Gustavo G. | 2015-02-06

Went to purchase a car after everything was said and done we had a deal in hand only for them to try to switch down payment amount so I said I would take my business to another establishment went to pick up my check stubs only to find out they lost them and there interest rate was almost illegal in the state of California. Bewareband proceed with caution when it comes to this place.

Patrick I. | 2014-07-11

I needed a second car due to expanding family and came here. The staff all made a fantastic. Impression, honest and trustworthy and true to their word.

The owner came out after closing one night and even helped me out with getting the car looked at by my own mechanic.

I've driven my car over 1000 miles now since purchase and it has been very reliable.

If you need a used car, you should definitely check this place out.

Byron G. | 2014-01-04

I've always felt alone when I was buying a car.  Like there's so many unknowns, and no one else to help.  Sound familiar to you too? Well, this time was a fantastic exception.  

Buying a used car is typically a tricky affair, it's impossible to look into every nook and cranny and know everything there is to know about a car with years of history behind the wheel.  Cory and Shane went above and beyond to do the best job possible of having me feel like we were in the process together.  

First off, there was no BS when it came to pricing.  When I found some stuff that could be fixed, we knocked down the price fairly and accordingly.  When I had questions about what I was signing, Cory explained each and every one.  And then, when I drove the car off the lot and found a couple things that we had ALL missed when I was looking, they helped support me (AFTER I HAD ALREADY BOUGHT THE CAR!!!) with the offer to bring it to their mechanic, and to take care of whatever I needed to make sure that I had a car on the road that I was happy to be driving.    

This was definitely above and beyond.  For the next couple weeks I drove it and checked with local mechanics to make sure it was all good, and the whole time, I felt like Cory and Shane were business partners instead of car sellers.  In the end, they helped me pay for some further diagnostics to make sure that everything on my car was as solid as could be.  

So ya, buying a used car is always going to be a bit of an adventure, no doubt. With these two, I felt taken care of, heard, and joined in the process.  I respect everything they're trying to do, it feels like their number one priority is doing right by their clients.  

A+ business in my book.  Thanks again, guys!!

Kenneth M. | 2013-10-21

Shane really made this entire process as easy and comfortable as possible.  He gave me a better deal than he probably knew he had to and was just an overall great guy to deal with. If I'd met him in another setting, I would never have guessed in a million years that he was a used car salesman.  Best experience buying a used vehicle ever for me, I will send my friends there and go back to him the next time I need a vehicle.  He even brought the car to SF for me.  A+ all around. Thanks again, man.

Miguel C. | 2013-10-09

I picked up a Mercedes 500E from Shane in April 2013.  The car was pretty much what was advertised.  Shane and his crew were quick and efficient.  The cars are decent to good quality.  No playing games.  Very honest and trust worthy.

I would definitely pass there info along to a prospective buyer.

Staphon A. | 2013-08-22

I needed a car. I found one online and to get prices, i submitted my email. The next morning I got a call from the Car Store asking if I was interested in the car. As i had just had a bad experience driving an hour and a half away for a car and upon getting there finding out that they closed early, I was not keen to driving out to San Jose if it wasn't serious. Upon telling this story I was told the best news ever, that they were willing to bring the car out to me for test drives and would even let me rent it for a few days if i needed to. They came to my complex and we signed papers on the hood!

As far as their partnerships with the banks on loans, they were all over making sure that if one bank didn't work, they would find me one that did and they nailed it on the first try. They were super nice and great to work with! 5 stars!

Tue K. | 2013-08-20

We had to sell our car before going back to Denmark and had a perfect experience with the Car Store. They gave the best price, were very friendly, took care of the paperwork, and actually took us to the train station afterwards. Thanks Shane and Christy!

Karren T. | 2013-03-07

This is the most reputable car dealer I have ever dealt with. Shane and Cory were helpful, honest and professional. I sold my car to Shane and I was very happy with the deal.  The next time I am in the market of a used car this is the first place I'll check.

Highly recommend this business.

Kirk G. | 2012-07-22

Saw a great price on a 2005 Ford Taurus, and from then on I was hooked.  Shane, the owner, made the experience worthwhile. He answered any questions I had, and offered to get work done on the car at a discount from what I could get on my own.  Drove down to San Jose and loved the car.  Shane accommodated us by speeding up the paperwork so that after the test drive was done, we spent just another 30 minutes in the store.  I couldn't ask for more in an used auto dealer with a very competitive price, but I got it anyways with Shane's great service.

Donna P. | 2012-04-25

My daughters saw an ad for a car that ft their budget.   Like everyone, I was a bit wary of used car dealers.  After a couple of conversations with Shane and his cousin, I changed my mind.  I encouraged my daughters to go see it and they ended up buying the car.  Everything was as described and I wouldn't hesitate buying from them again.  If you are in need for a used car, I reccomend The Car Store.

Roslyn R. | 2011-10-04

my son bought his first car from the car store... overall awesome experience... shane was straight forward... NO b.s.
i'll be mos def return to purchase a car from the car store myself...

Nabil A. | 2011-02-23

This is my first review on Yelp.

I pretty much dreaded coming to a used car dealership from the get go. However, my original impression of used car dealers was completely proven incorrect by the team here at The Car Store. Not only did they give me EXACTLY what I asked for on my used vehicle, but they also gave me a great deal on an '06 VW GTi. They made the whole process pressure free and were extremely reasonable about negotiating the price.

If you're in the market for a used car I would definitely recommend The Car Store.

Paul T. | 2009-11-27

A great used car shopping experience.

Saw ads for a minivan we're interested in on Craigslist and eBay. A little searching brought me to the dealer's website, where I found a great discription of the minivan and dozens of photos.

Made the trip to San Leandro and was hesitant as the dealership is an old gas station that shares its building with several service shops. And the collection of cars was a big jumble.

But the salesman, Marcin Witko, was fantastic. He showed us the minivan and explained its history, then walked away so that we could explore and discuss the features. When I said I wanted to come back in a few days to take the car for an independent inspection, he encouraged me to just leave our car with him and take the minivan.

When we returned with the minivan, we told Marcin that we decided not to purchase the minivan because it was missing a few parts and was due for some new tires, which are very expensive. And the wife was reluctant to give up her "wonderful" Camry. His reaction was sadness and disappointment. But he politely discussed the Out the Door price and said that he'd work with us about the new tires.

And the Out the Door figures had no "junk fees"!

When he returned our car, he had his crew wash and wipe it down!

The wife and I really appreciated Marcin's low key sales approach after we dealing with salesmen at Dublin Honda and Dublin Toyota.

marcia r. | 2009-06-17

After an exhaustive search to replace my vintage Corolla Wagon, destroyed in an accident in front of my house,  I had given up hope of finding a replacement.  Without much money, my choices were limited and I found lots of really awful cars on craigslist, etc.  Randomly, I found this place in San Leandro, and they were amazing! They had a decent inventory, and  encouraged me to take it home and have a mechanic check it out.  

Today I purchased a 94 Subaru wagon which met my criteria, was approved by my mechanic  and all at a price I could afford!  In a world full of shady car dealers and scary people from craigslist, it was a relief to find a local place that was honest, fair and easy to work with.  This was one of  the easiest car purchases I have ever made!

Thanks, Joe and Shane!


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