Required By: The Montana Department of Justice, Motor Vehicle Division (MVD)
Bond Amount: $50K for a used dealer bond (most common)
Our rates for the $50,000 Montana auto dealer bond starts at $250 for a 1 year bond. This prices is mostly based on the applicant’s credit score. Generally speaking, a higher credit score will equate to lower prices. In some cases, a dealer’s previous work experience can result in a discount for bond prices in Montana.
The purpose of the bond serves a dual role:
It deters individuals who lack the necessary qualifications from securing a motor vehicle dealer's license. Those with extremely low credit scores or a history of bankruptcy may find it challenging to obtain a bond due to the elevated risk of potential claims.
It mitigates financial losses incurred by car buyers in situations where existing auto dealers engage in fraudulent activities. If a current auto dealer engages in fraudulent practices, such as the sale of vehicles lacking proper titles or tampering with the odometer of the cars they sell, car buyers have the option to file a claim against the auto dealer. In these instances, the bond claim would provide compensation for any financial harms suffered by the car buyer as a result of auto dealers’ malpractice.
The Montana auto dealer bond exists to protect car purchasers from auto dealers who violate Montana auto dealer regulations.The affected person may then file a claim with the court for damages and losses. The surety company will then pay claims up to the full bond amount, which then has to be reimbursed by the car dealership to the issuing bond company.
You will need to provide information about your dealership such as:
If you are the owner, you will also need to provide:
Dealers are encouraged to dispatch the fully filled bond application, along with the accompanying power of attorney document, to the designated mailing address provided below:
Motor Vehicle Division
Title and Registration Bureau
1003 Buckskin Drive
Deer Lodge, MT 59722-2375
There are two types of bonds when it comes to Montana auto dealer bonds: a general auto dealer bond and a title provider bond. For the general auto dealer bond, …. For the title provider bond…
Bond terms vary depending on the bond you are getting. In Montana, you have the option to secure your auto dealer bond with a minimum duration of a year. If you are a Title Provider, you can get a bond for up to 3 years. Normally, your title provider license undergoes renewal approximately every two years, making it advisable to choose a two-year bond term. Choosing a multi-year bond often results in a more cost-effective annual premium rate.
A premium rate is the dollar amount that you pay for your auto dealer bond every month.
Premium rates are usually 0.5-9% of the required bond amount, depending on your personal financial background and duration of bond. Generally speaking, the longer the duration and the better your credit score, the cheaper rate you’ll get.
Your social security number is required for a credit check as part of the bonding process. The cost of your bond will depend on your credit history. Your credit being run is what is known as a soft credit score check, so it will not affect your credit score.
As a surety bond agency, we collaborate with over 10 bonding carriers. Each carrier has differing preferences and pricing structures. While some have higher prerequisites, others are willing to consider applicants with less favorable credit scores. While these carriers are accommodating to lower credit scores, it’s worth noting that their flexibility is generally accompanied with higher premium rates, designed to offset the increased risk associated with lower credit scores.
How Should I Make the Changes to the Bond?
To make changes on a bond, request a Rider Form. This form allows you to update various aspects of your bond, including the effective date, principal's name, and principal's address.
To get started with modifying your bond, all you need to do is reach out to us. You can call us at (888) 236-8589, and our team will guide you through the necessary steps. Alternatively, you can drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll promptly assist you.
We understand that your business may evolve, and so can your bond. At SuretyNow, we're here to ensure that your bond always aligns with your requirements.
If you forget to renew your bond, the Montana DMV will revoke your auto dealer license, since all licensed dealers in Montana must have an auto dealer bond in place.
In Montana, both license and surety bond renewal deadlines fall on December 31. To avoid getting your license revoked, we recommend that you get a bond beforehand (generally 90 days) and file it with the Montana DMV ahead of the December 31st deadline. When you choose to bond with us, we will reach out to you 90 days before your bond expiration date. This will make you well-prepared for renewal. Once we collect payment for your new bond, we’ll mail you a copy of the bond that you can file to the Montana Department of Justice, Vehicle services bureau.
If your credit score has improved over the year, and your business has demonstrated growth, there's a good chance that your bond pricing may be lower than in previous years. Nonetheless, make sure you have the proper financials prepared to be able to renew.
Don't hesitate to reach out to us for any bond-related inquiries or assistance with your renewal.