Anyone who sells more than 5 motor vehicles in 1 year is required to be licensed as an auto dealer in Tennessee. The bond is required by the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission and as outlined in Tennessee Code 55-17, all licensed auto dealers in Tennessee are required to maintain a $50,000 bond to be licensed. We've helped hundreds of dealers get licensed and bonded in Tennessee. Get started below to get a quote. Our process takes 3 minutes.
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: $50,000
Required By: Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission
Nope. The only bond you need in the state of Tennessee to sell cars is the $50,000 Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond we’ve listed above. If you sell less than 5 cars in a given year, you don’t even need to be licensed and bonded.
Yes, insurance companies will conduct a "soft credit check" on the applicant to determine eligibility and pricing for Tennessee auto dealer bonds. It is important to note that this type of credit check will not have any negative impact on the individual's credit score.
A credit score under 650 is sometimes considered "poor" credit. We have established partnerships with various insurance companies that specialize in providing coverage to this market segment. If your credit score is less than ideal, please don't hesitate to contact us. We’ll do our best to get you bonded by shopping around on your behalf. We’ve helped many individuals with less than perfect credit get bonded.
Once your dealer bond application is approved, we will send you a PDF copy of the bond via email as evidence that you are bonded.
The cost of a dealer bond in Tennessee depends on various factors, including the applicant's credit score, experience, and the insurance company providing the bond. The applicant's credit score is usually the most important factor, followed by the insurance company. Each insurance company has different methods of underwriting, so they give different prices. We partner with over 10 insurance companies to offer our clients competitive rates.
Generally the same day. Once we secure a quote for you from our insurance partners, it’s pretty much instant from that point on. We work around the clock (including weekends) to get you bonded. Our phone lines are always open (9:30am - 9:30pm CST), and we generally try to return calls within half an hour if we miss your call.
To prevent any claims from being made against your bond, it is essential to run your business in accordance with the guidelines set out in the Tennessee Code. By submitting your bond, you acknowledge that you will provide legitimate vehicles and comply with the legal requirements of running an auto dealer business.