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Tennessee Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond

How much does a $50,000 Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond cost in Tennessee?

Tennessee motor vehicle dealer bonds are required by the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission. For qualified applicants, these bonds can be issued at a rate as low as 1-3% of the total bond amount.

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*
$50,000 Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond $50,000 Starts at $350 Apply Now

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What is a Tennessee Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond and why do I need it?

Tennessee motor vehicle dealer 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!

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Terms of the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond?

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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Additional Resources

Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond Surety Bond Form

Dealer Licensing in Tennessee

Dealer Forms in Tennessee

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

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