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Rhode Island Auto Dealer Bond

How much does an auto dealer bond cost in Rhode Island?

The Rhode Island Dealers’ License and Regulations Office requires auto dealers to post $50,000 surety bonds prior to conducting business.

These bonds are subject to underwriting, so the price you’ll pay depends on a review of your personal credit report. Bad credit? No problem! SuretyBonds.com offers and exclusive bad credit bonding program through which we get 99% of all applicants the bonds they need quickly, easily and accurately. Request your free bond quote now!

Bond Type Bond Amount Cost*
$50,000 Auto Dealer Bond $50,000 Starts at $500 GET A QUOTE

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Why do I need this bond?

Rhode Island car dealer bonds ensure that principals (auto dealers) comply with the provisions of Chapter 1499 Public Laws of 1956. Prohibited acts under this bond include:

  • failing to have an established place of business for sales
  • willfully defrauding any retail buyer
  • employing fraudulent devices, methods or practices
  • using unfair methods of competition
  • knowingly advertising any statement of fact which is untrue, misleading or deceptive
  • not displaying the appropriate license at the designated principal place of business at all times

These bonds are put in place to protect the state and consumers from financial loss that occurs if the principal conducts unlawful or unethical business. The bond covers damages up to the full bond amount, and the principal must reimburse the surety up to the full bond amount.

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What’s the fine print?

Motor vehicle dealer bonds in Rhode Island remain in full force and effect until canceled or violated. These bonds expire on December 31, so your bond premium could be prorated depending on when you buy it. Our team of surety experts works hard to get you bonded according to your specific needs.

The surety can cancel this bond by giving written notice of cancellation to the principal and the Rhode Island Dealers’ License and Regulations Office at least 60 days prior to the effective termination date.

A notary’s signature must be present on the bond form.

How to become an auto dealer in Rhode Island

It is illegal for a person to act as an auto dealer in Rhode Island without being legally licensed to do so. To obtain a license, the applicant must complete the following steps in the licensing process:

  • have the Rhode Island Dealers’ License and Hearing Board approve the name of the dealership
  • submit a completed and notarized application form
  • post a surety bond in the amount of $50,000
  • submit a Bureau of Criminal Identification Authorization Form for each individual owner, partner or corporate officer
  • furnish the dealership’s lease agreement (including square feet dimensions)
  • supply a copy of the city/town license, if applicable
  • provide zoning approval for the city/town
  • provide 4 pictures of the business establishment
  • pay all required application and licensing fees

Our team of experts is dedicated to getting you bonded quickly and for the lowest rate available, regardless of you credit situation. Apply for your free, personalized bond quote now!

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Additional Resources

Application for Dealers License

Instructions for Application for New Dealership

State of Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles - Department of Revenue

Chapter 31-5 Rhode Island’s General Laws: Dealers’, Manufacturers’, and Rental Licenses

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