You Need Auto Dealer Bonds in New York

As per the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, all auto dealers selling new or used vehicles are required to be licensed and bonded. The most common bond we sell is the $20,000 used dealer bond, for dealers who sell less than 50 cars in a year. If you sell 50 or more cars in a given year, then you will need a $100,000 bond. We've helped hundreds of dealers get licensed and bonded in New York. Get started below to get a quote in minutes.

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How much is it?

The $20,000 bond starts at $150 per year, the $50,000 bond starts at $450 per year. The price of New York auto dealer bonds are dependent on the applicant’s credit score and work experience. Those with average credit score and no work experience will be quoted at a higher rate. We try to get your the best rates, but if you find a better deal elsewhere, show us the deal and we’ll try our best to match it.


New York Auto Dealer Bond FAQs

Are there other New York auto dealer bonds? 

There are two other less common auto dealer bonds in the state of New York. You only need them if you meet specific circumstances.

If you sell more than 50 vehicles per year, then you will need a $100,000 bond (vs. $20,000 for those who sell less than 50 a year). If you are a franchise dealer, then you will need a $50,000 franchise dealer bond. We offer coverage for both. Give us a call or click the ‘Get Quote’ buttons if you need these bonds. 

When do I not need a bond as a car dealer?

Dealers who sell motorcycles, trailers, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles, and vehicles that are over 10,000 pounds are not required to be bonded in the state of New York.

Is there a credit check required for this bond?

Yes, insurance companies will perform a "soft credit check" on you when issuing a New York dealer bond to determine pricing and eligibility. It should be emphasized that this form of credit check will not affect your credit score.

What if I have bad credit? 

In general, a credit score that falls below 650 is considered to be a "bad" credit score. However, we work with a range of insurance partners that specialize in serving this market. If you have a less than perfect credit score, please reach out to us and we’ll help you by shopping around to find the most affordable insurance quote available.

How do I prove that I’m bonded?

We’ll email you a PDF copy of the bond once you’ve been approved as proof of bonding.

What goes into the pricing of a New York auto dealer bond?

There are several factors that goes into the cost of a dealer bond in New York, such as the applicant’s credit score, level of experience, and the insurance company providing the bond. We find that the biggest factor is the applicant’s credit score, followed by the insurance company issuing the bond. Some insurance companies specialize in providing cheap quotes for individuals with high credit scores while others specialize in serving those with lower credit scores. We have partnerships with over 10 insurance companies, which enables us to offer our clients highly competitive rates, regardless of your credit score.