New York Used Car Dealers Subject to New Bond Amounts

Published: Feb 9, 2017
New York auto dealer bonds increase as of March 28, 2017


New York used car dealers should remember that they will have to obtain bonds with higher amounts starting March 28, 2017. This change was implemented with the passing of New York Assembly Bill 8166 on September 29, 2016.

Read the full details of the new requirements, and when and how to obtain your New York auto dealer bond!

New bonding requirements for New York used car dealers

Starting March 28, 2017 NY used car dealers will be required to post a surety bond with higher amounts when applying for a new license or renewing their current license. Up until now, bond amounts for used car dealers in the state were:

  • A $10,000 used car dealer bond for dealers who sold 200 vehicles or fewer in the previous year
  • A $25,000 used car dealer bond for dealers who sold more than 200 vehicles in the previous year

Bill 8166 changes both the amounts of the bonds as well as reduces the amounts of vehicles sold that require one or the other type of New York auto dealer bond. As of March 28, applicants for a NY car dealer license will need to obtain the following types of bonds:

  • А $20,000 used car dealer bond when selling 50 vehicles or fewer a year
  • A $100,000 used car dealer bond when selling more than 50 vehicles a year

The Bill does not require car dealers who already have surety bonds in place to increase their amounts as soon as the legislation enters into force. Instead, used car dealers will be expected to obtain a bond in the new amounts when they renew, replace, alter or extend their current surety bond.

So what about the cost of such bonds? How much will used car dealers have to pay for a new bond?

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New York auto dealer bond cost

The cost of your surety bond is a percentage of the total amount of the bond. That percentage, or rate, is determined by the surety bond company which issues your bond.

The process goes like this: when applying for an auto dealer bond at a surety bond agency, you will be asked to provide financial details, such as your personal credit score and maybe some financial statements, proof of assets and more.

Your personal credit score is the most important factor influencing your rate. Applicants with a high credit score can expect to get a quote that ranges between 1% and 3% of the full bond amount. Applicants with lower scores can also obtain a bond through our Bad Credit Program.

What the increase means for dealers

The increase in used car dealer bond amounts will also increase bond cost for dealers. This has been a source of criticism towards the state of New York as it will be putting smaller car dealers in a difficult situation.

Typically bond increases of such a level are not made without scrutiny on behalf of legislators. A common reason to increase bond amounts is that there is a history of insufficient compensation on bond claims, requiring a general change in bond amounts.

Car dealers can have an impact on the rate of their bond though. By improving their credit score over time, showcasing their finances and assets, and working closely with their surety bond company, dealers can get lower rates every time they renew their bonds.

If you need more information regarding the increase in the amounts of New York car dealer bonds, call us at (877)-514-5146 to speak to one of our experts!


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Robin Kix

Robin Kix is currently the Renewal Department Manager. Since joining Lance Surety in 2014, she has helped thousands of businesses throughout the nation remain compliant at the federal, state and local level. She has significant experience supporting commercial bond lines, particularly in the automobile, transportation and construction industries. Robin and her team work together to create a positive customer service experience at the time of every policy renewal, whether that be finding the best pricing or offering additional assistance.

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