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Tennessee Motor Vehicle Bond

How much does a motor vehicle dealer bond cost in Tennessee?

Tennessee motor vehicle dealer surety bonds are required by the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission and must be in the amount of $50,000.

The cost of this particular bond depends directly on your credit report and is subject to underwriting. Even if your credit score is less-than-stellar, our experts can get you the bond you need quickly and easily. SuretyBonds.com has a history of helping clients with low credit get bonded, and we’ll work hard to get you approved for the lowest rate possible.

New auto dealers must post bonds that remain valid for a 25-month term. Existing dealers must post bonds that remain valid for a 24-month term. Because of this, all bond premium rates are doubled to accommodate the multi-year policy.

Give us a call at 1 (800) 308-4358 or submit a bond request to get a quote on a Tennessee motor vehicle dealer bond.

Bond Type Bond Amount Cost by Credit Score*
680 and up 679 - 600 599 or lower
Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond $50,000 Starts at $700 $700-3,000 $3,000+ Apply Now
*The bond premium rate quotes provided to you through this website are for pricing comparisons and quotation estimate purposes only. The bond rate quotes provided are based on general assumptions that may or may not be applicable to you and are subject to change at any time. These rate quotes do not constitute an offer of insurance, nor is any contract, agreement, or bond coverage implied, formed or bound by the provision of rate quotes. Bondability, final bond premium rate quotes and an offer of insurance, if any, will be determined by the insurance company providing your bond. You must contact us directly to obtain a quote for binding purposes.

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Why do I need this bond?

Tennessee motor vehicle bonds ensure that auto dealers adhere to every rule and regulation defined in Tennessee Code Annotated 55-17-111. Specifically, these bonds protect any person who suffers loss because the dealer fails to pay a retail customer’s prepaid title, registration or other related fees or taxes. The bond also protects harmed parties if the dealer fails to deliver a valid vehicle certificate of title free and clear of any prior owner’s interests and all liens except a lien created by or expressly assumed in writing by the buyer of the vehicle with each vehicle sale.

Our surety experts’ unparalleled bonding know-how ensures that you’ll get the bond you need for the best price possible. Fill out an online bond request today!

What’s the fine print?

Tennessee motor vehicle dealer bonds remain valid for 2 years, must start on the first day of the month and expire on the same date as the principal’s business license. If the surety cancels the bond, at least 60 days’ notice must be given to the state.

New dealers must post 25-month surety bonds, while existing dealers must post 24-month bonds.

How to become a motor vehicle dealer in Tennessee

Applicants for a motor vehicle dealer license must have an established place of business. The facility must be separate from all other buildings and have furniture and a working telephone. The facility must have a vehicle display area large enough to fit 15 vehicles, meet the sign requirements (per ordinance) and have enough space for at least 3 customer parking spots.

The following documents must be included in a dealer’s application packet:

  • certificate of liability insurance
  • garage sale liability
  • business tax license
  • sales tax identification number
  • personal and/or financial check and disclosure
  • financial statement prepared by a CPA
  • zoning compliance
  • franchise agreement letter from the manufacturer
  • surety bond or letter of credit (original)

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Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond Surety Bond Form

Dealer Licensing in Tennessee

State of Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Minimum Requirements For Motor Vehicle Dealer License

Dealer Forms in Tennessee

Tennessee Code Title 55, Chapter 17, Part 1: Motor Vehicle Sales Licenses

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