HOUSE BILL 1736
State of Washington 57th Legislature 2001 Regular Session
By Representatives Hatfield, Mitchell, Hurst, Talcott and Schoesler
Read first time 02/02/2001. Referred to Committee on Transportation.
AN ACT Relating to licensing criteria for motor vehicle dealers; amending RCW 46.70.070; reenacting and amending RCW 46.70.041; and adding a new section to chapter 46.70 RCW.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 46.70 RCW to read as follows:
(1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, the following education requirements apply to an applicant for a vehicle dealer license under RCW 46.70.021:
(a) An applicant for a vehicle dealer license under RCW 46.70.021 must complete a minimum of eight hours of approved education programs described in subsection (3) of this section and pass a test prior to submitting an application for the license; and
(b) An applicant for a renewal of a vehicle dealer license under RCW 46.70.083 must complete a minimum of five hours per year in a licensing period of approved continuing education programs described in subsection (3) of this section prior to submitting an application for the renewal of the vehicle dealer license.
(2) The education requirements in subsection (1) of this section do not apply to an applicant for a vehicle dealer license under RCW 46.70.021 if the applicant is:
(a) A franchised dealer of nationally advertised and recognized motor vehicles;
(b) A franchised dealer of new recreational vehicles;
(c) A nationally franchised or corporate‑owned motor vehicle rental company;
(d) A dealer of manufactured dwellings; or
(e) A national auction company that holds a vehicle dealer license and a tow truck operator registration certificate whose primary activity in this state is the sale or disposition of totaled vehicles.
(3) The education programs and test required in subsection (1) of this section shall be developed by motor vehicle industry organizations including, but not limited to, the state independent auto dealers association and shall be submitted to the department for approval. The department shall approve a program or test if it pertains to the motor vehicle industry and includes, but is not limited to, state and federal law in the following areas:
(a) Motor vehicle advertising;
(b) Odometer laws and regulations;
(c) Vehicle licensing and registration;
(d) Unlawful dealer activities;
(e) Washington state and industry standard motor vehicle forms;
(f) Truthful lending practices;
(g) Motor vehicle financing; and
(h) Service and warranty contracts.
(4) The education programs and test may be provided by accredited educational institutions, private vocational schools, correspondence schools, or trade associations if the education programs and test have been approved by the department as required in subsection (3) of this section.
(5) A new motor vehicle dealer, as defined under RCW 46.96.020, is deemed to have met the education requirements required for applicants for a vehicle dealer license under this section.
Sec. 2. RCW 46.70.041 and 1993 c 307 s 6 and 1993 c 175 s 2 are each reenacted and amended to read as follows:
(1) Every application for a vehicle dealer license shall contain the following information to the extent it applies to the applicant:
(a) Proof as the department may require concerning the applicant's identity, including but not limited to his or her fingerprints, the honesty, truthfulness, and good reputation of the applicant for the license, or of the officers of a corporation making the application;
(b) The applicant's form and place of organization including if the applicant is a corporation, proof that the corporation is licensed to do business in this state;
(c) The qualification and business history of the applicant and any partner, officer, or director;
(d) The applicant's financial condition or history including a bank reference and whether the applicant or any partner, officer, or director has ever been adjudged bankrupt or has any unsatisfied judgment in any federal or state court;
(e) Whether the applicant has been adjudged guilty of a crime which directly relates to the business for which the license is sought and the time elapsed since the conviction is less than ten years, or has suffered any judgment within the preceding five years in any civil action involving fraud, misrepresentation, or conversion and in the case of a corporation or partnership, all directors, officers, or partners;
(f) A business telephone with a listing in the local directory;
(g) The name or names of new vehicles the vehicle dealer wishes to sell;
(h) The names and addresses of each manufacturer from whom the applicant has received a franchise;
(i) A certificate by a representative of the department, that the applicant's principal place of business and each subagency business location in the state of Washington meets the location requirements as required by this chapter. The certificate shall include proof of the applicant's ownership or lease of the real property where the applicant's principal place of business is established;
(j) A copy of a current service agreement with a manufacturer, or distributor for a foreign manufacturer, requiring the applicant, upon demand of any customer receiving a new vehicle warranty to perform or arrange for, within a reasonable distance of his or her established place of business, the service repair and replacement work required of the manufacturer or distributor by such vehicle warranty. This requirement applies only to applicants seeking to sell, to exchange, to offer, to auction, to solicit, to advertise, or to broker new or current-model vehicles with factory or distributor warranties;
(k) The class of vehicles the vehicle dealer will be buying, selling, listing, exchanging, offering, brokering, leasing with an option to purchase, auctioning, soliciting, or advertising, and which classification or classifications the dealer wishes to be designated as;
(l) A certificate from the provider of each education program or test showing that the applicant has completed the education programs and passed the test required under section 1 of this act if the applicant is a dealer subject to the education and test requirements;
(m) Any other information the department may reasonably require.
(2) If the applicant is a manufacturer the application shall contain the following information to the extent it is applicable to the applicant:
(a) The name and address of the principal place of business of the applicant and, if different, the name and address of the Washington state representative of the applicant;
(b) The name or names under which the applicant will do business in the state of Washington;
(c) Evidence that the applicant is authorized to do business in the state of Washington;
(d) The name or names of the vehicles that the licensee manufactures;
(e) The name or names and address or addresses of each and every distributor, factory branch, and factory representative;
(f) The name or names and address or addresses of resident employees or agents to provide service or repairs to vehicles located in the state of Washington only under the terms of any warranty attached to new or unused vehicles manufactured, unless such manufacturer requires warranty service to be performed by all of its dealers pursuant to a current service agreement on file with the department;
(g) Any other information the department may reasonably require.
Sec. 3. RCW 46.70.070 and 1996 c 194 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) Before issuing a vehicle dealer's license, the department shall require the applicant to file with the department a surety bond in the amount of:
thousand dollars for motor vehicle dealers;
(b) Thirty thousand
dollars for mobile home, park trailer, and travel trailer dealers((
PROVIDED, That if such dealer does not deal in mobile homes or park trailers
such bond shall be fifteen thousand dollars));
(c) Five thousand dollars for miscellaneous dealers,
running to the state, and executed by a surety company authorized to do business in the state. Such bond shall be approved by the attorney general as to form and conditioned that the dealer shall conduct his or her business in conformity with the provisions of this chapter.
Any retail purchaser, consignor who is not a motor vehicle dealer, or a motor vehicle dealer who has purchased from, sold to, or otherwise transacted business with a wholesale dealer, who has suffered any loss or damage by reason of any act by a dealer which constitutes a violation of this chapter shall have the right to institute an action for recovery against such dealer and the surety upon such bond. However, under this section, motor vehicle dealers who have purchased from, sold to, or otherwise transacted business with wholesale dealers may only institute actions against wholesale dealers and their surety bonds. Successive recoveries against said bond shall be permitted, but the aggregate liability of the surety to all persons shall in no event exceed the amount of the bond. Upon exhaustion of the penalty of said bond or cancellation of the bond by the surety the vehicle dealer license shall automatically be deemed canceled.
(2) The bond for any vehicle dealer licensed or to be licensed under more than one classification shall be the highest bond required for any such classification.
(3) Vehicle dealers shall maintain a bond for each business location in this state and bond coverage for all temporary subagencies.
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