Established in Fremont, California, Your Car Dealer Bond (YCDB) was developed as a specialized Surety Bond Agency! YCDB has a particular expertise with the California Car Dealer industry that is literally unrivaled.
With deep roots in insurance and IT, YCDB brings a balance of professionalism, competitive pricing, and the know-how to help you navigate even the most complicated scenarios in the Used Car Dealer universe. Whether it’s a tough situation with a DMV inspector or you are having trouble finding car dealer insurance, we can help you TODAY!!
In 2012, Michael G. Ramos and Philip V. Ngo joined their Product Development and Enterprise IT expertise to build Your Car Dealer Bond into one of the nation’s premier leaders of Auto Dealer Surety Bonds. Our mission at YCDB was to bring premium results to small and medium-sized Used Car Dealerships for a fraction of what our competitors charge. Mission accomplished in a big way as we experienced 3X growth over the following 3 years after year one.
To skip a few years ahead to 2015, YCDB licensed the name Cal-Surety and Insurance Services (CSIS) in an effort to broaden our product offerings beyond car dealers. And while the name may be a bit more generalized to a wider audience of business owners, there will always be a special place in our agency for our California Car Dealer friends.
This is a question we get all the time and I’m always glad to answer it. The truth is that when I was the Nationwide Director of Commercial Operations for a large insurance carrier, I received tons of requests for my insight on where to obtain a low-cost dealer bond. This is right around the time when the recession hit in 2008 and 2009 and auto dealers were seeing their bond prices triple at best. Of course, this didn’t even have anything to do with their credit but the surety carriers really lost millions of dollars by trying to undercut each other and buy California dealer bond business. This is a scary game of musical chairs for a surety carrier and some of them paid dearly.
Unfortunate for used car dealers at the time but it was a real eye-opener for me. I was referring dealers to insurance agents that I had known for years and that actually did a good job with service (or so I thought). The problem was that their service standards and my service standards were light-years apart. I was getting calls from prospective dealers 2, 3, and even 4 days later after I referred them to get a quote. The real icing on the cake was when one of these insurance agents told me that not only did he not return the call of the prospect I had sent him a week before, but that he has several voicemails from weeks ago that had not been answered yet. This basically telling me to be happy that my leads were being responded to with a couple weeks but more importantly, it told me that there was a massive hole that I was well-qualified to fill. And that is the short story on how YCDB was borne.
Perhaps it’s various Southern California auctions over the years like Oceanside and San Diego. Maybe it’s CADE out in Anaheim or Manheim Riverside (AKA Fontana). I’ve also made my rounds all through the Central Valley in auctions like Fresno and Adesa Tracey.
Since this business started when Philip and Mike both lived in the Bay Area, Mike Ramos also spent a significant amount of time at the Bay Cities Hayward Manheim Auction. He was also a staple at the North Bay Auto Auction out in Fairfield. The road trips also took Mike all the way up to Adesa Sacramento and Brashers over the years. Or even as far South as the Pheonix Adesa Auction (I think it may be called something else now).
Your Car Dealer Bond represented by Mike Ramos (President) at the Adesa San Diego Auto Auction.
Our suite of services and product offerings are truly second-to-none. Your Car Dealer Bond (YCDB) was founded in late 2012 and has grown steadily to about 1,300 dealer bonds annually out of the approximate 9,500 bonds issued statewide.
Today Cal-Surety is headquartered in Fresno, CA with offices in Bakersfield, Victorville, and San Jose. Our mission statement is the same today with the broadened universe of business owners that we are now designed to help. Perhaps 2018 looks to be our most promising year with some exciting new developments on the horizon.