Surety Bond Legislature Updates: Auto Dealerships

Written by JoAnn Smith on October 28th, 2013. Posted in Arkansas, California, Commercial Bonds, Indiana, Latest News, Legislation, License and Permit Bonds, Missouri, Motor Vehicle Bonds, Nevada, Oklahoma, Surety Bond Blog, Wisconsin

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Legislative Changes affected MVD Bonds this year
There was actually quite a bit of surety bond legislature this year in the various states regarding surety bonds for auto dealerships. Amongst the states looking to make changes to the requirements for auto dealer bonds are California, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Indiana and Oklahoma. There were several changes proposed in Missouri including both changes to the surety bond amounts and exactly which types of vehicle dealerships would require them, but both bills did not pass and are now dead in the water. Nevada did not make substantial changes but did pass a bill clarifying requirements for surety bonds provide consumers and not dealers with protection. Here are some details on bills either in process or passed recently: California – As of the end of September in 2013, a bill was still in the process of being passed that would now require dealers of such recreational off-highway vehicles as ATVs to be licensed and post a surety bond, although not in the same amounts as the current requirements for auto dealerships. Wisconsin – If AB 262 passes, the amount of a required MVD surety bond would increase from $25,000 to $50,000. Arkansas – While the bill is still in legislature, it looks very likely that dealers who sell recreational vehicles including both low-speed and ATVs will be required to be both licensed and bonded. Indiana – While the legislative bill eliminated the requirement of auto distributor branches to each have their own license and bonding, they will now require licenses and surety bonds for transfer dealers, wholesale dealers and automotive mobility dealers. Oklahoma – Used motor vehicle bonds have been increased from $15,000 to $25,000. But it isn’t all bad news, as the $1,000 surety bond that had been required of all motor vehicle sales representatives is now repealed. If you have any questions about these new surety bond requirements for auto dealers, be sure to give us a call and talk to one of our knowledgeable customer support staff at BuySurety. We have the MVD surety bonds you need at a price you can afford, and always are happy to help you stay current on all your surety bond requirements.

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