If you sell more than 12 cars in one year in the state of Indiana, then you are required by the Indiana Secretary of State to be licensed as an auto dealer. To be licensed, dealers are required to obtain a $25,000 Vehicle Merchandising bond, also known as an Indian auto dealer bond. We understand the process intimately and have helped hundreds of Indiana dealers get bonded. Get started with our three minute form process to obtain an instant quote.
Please note this page is for car dealer licensing. If you're trying to register a vehicle with a missing title, a separate Lost Title Bond is required.
Bond Amount: $25,000
Required By: Indiana Secretary of State
In addition to new/used car dealers, there are also a few other types of businesses in the vehicle industry that need to get the vehicle merchandising bond in Indiana. We list them below:
As you can see, most occupations within the vehicle industry in Indiana require this bond. If you are not sure, give us a call and we can help you figure out the requirements.
Yes, but it won’t impact your credit score. To assess eligibility and pricing for Washington auto dealer bonds, insurance companies perform a "soft credit check." This type of credit check does not have a negative impact on the applicant's credit score and is solely used to determine bond pricing and eligibility.
If your credit score is below 650, it may be classified as "poor" credit. Fortunately, we partner with insurance companies that specialize in providing coverage to this market segment. Contact us if you have less than ideal credit. We'll help you obtain a Washington auto dealer bond by shopping your application with our insurance partners. Our team has helped numerous individuals with imperfect credit secure an Indiana Vehicle Merchandising bond.
Yes. This is officially known as a “Vehicle Merchandising Bond”, as named by the Indiana Secretary of State, but this is also known colloquially as an “auto dealer bond” or a “motor vehicle dealer bond”. The three are used interchangeably.
We strive to provide same-day bonding service in most cases. Once we obtain a quote from our insurance partners, your pricing is fixed, and the process is immediate. We work diligently, even on weekends, to expedite your bonding procedure. Our phone lines are available every day from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm CST, and if we happen to miss your call, we aim to give you a call back within 30 minutes.
Adhering to the auto dealer guidelines in the state of Indiana is essential to avoid potential claims against your bond and your business. This involves paying the appropriate fees and taxes related to vehicle sales and providing valid car titles to customers. By submitting your bond, you confirm that you'll fulfill all legal requirements associated with operating an auto dealer business in Indiana.