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New York Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond

How much does a New York motor vehicle dealer surety bond cost?

The cost of a New York motor vehicle dealer bond is roughly 1% of the total bond amount for highly qualified applicants. Auto dealer bonds are subject to underwriting, meaning that an underwriter will determine the exact cost of your bond by reviewing your financial credentials. It is also important to have your facility number at hand when contacting a surety specialist.

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Bond Type Bond Amount Cost*
$20,000 Used Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond 50 or fewer vehicles sold $20,000 Starts at $180 GET A QUOTE
$100,000 Used Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond 51 or more vehicles sold $100,000 Starts at $900 GET A QUOTE
$50,000 New Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond $50,000 Starts at $500 GET A QUOTE

Why are motor vehicle dealers bonded?

Whether you are applying as a new or used retail or wholesale motor vehicle dealer, you must purchase a surety bond in an amount based on the number of vehicles sold in last calendar year before your license will be issued. By posting a bond, the principal (dealer) guarantees to conduct business in full compliance with the Vehicle and Traffic Law section 415(6-b). The following are examples of auto dealer responsibilities:

  • paying all valid bank drafts
  • transferring good titles to each sold vehicle
  • maintaining all customer deposits
  • paying all fines imposed by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles
  • repaying any overcharges of a customer

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Additional information about New York auto dealer bonds

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Auto dealer bonds are issued to run continuously until canceled. If the surety chooses to cancel a bond, a written cancellation notice must be mailed to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles 60 days prior to the proposed cancellation date.

How to become a motor vehicle dealer in New York

Both new and used motor vehicle licensees must complete the original facility application (Form VS-1) and send it to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Each application must be accompanied by the following documents:

Please note this page is for vehicle dealer licensing. If you have lost or need to obtain a vehicle title, a New York certificate of title bond is required.

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Additional Resources

Department of Motor Vehicles - Dealer Surety Bond

Assembly Bill 8166

General Information for Dealers and Transporters