Owning a car dealership means navigating a lot of dealer laws and regulations. States require tons of information, and there are mandated inspections and procedures that you must follow to keep the dealership open.
Finding a dealer handbook is often a problem in itself.
How to Acquire a Dealer Handbook
To acquire a dealer handbook, states sometimes offer a downloadable PDF copy for immediate download. Check our state-specific guide to Dealer Handbooks to get info on accessing one. We offer additional info under Dealer-Related Info on our Dealers & Auto Industry section.
Information in the Dealer Handbook
Expect a dealer manual to provide information about:
- Acquiring the dealer license.
- Dealer facility requirements.
- Issuing temporary plates and tags.
- License plate frames.
- Vehicle acquisition.
- Transfer requirements for new and used vehicles.
- Previous owner information sticker.
- Federal Trade Commission Buyers’ Guide sticker.
- Dealer liability insurance.
- Change of location or ownership.
- Business names.
- Sale of damaged or salvaged vehicles.
- Prohibited practices.
- Franchise protection statutes.
- Off-site sales.
Do you have your dealer license? What was the most important part of the dealer manual for you?