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Auto dealer surety bond cost

The required amount of Minnesota motor vehicle surety bonds varies depending on the type of vehicles being sold. Boat, snowmobile, small horse trailer, motorized bicycle and moped dealers and dealers of trailers with a manufacturer’s rated carrying capacity of less than 15,000 pounds must post a $5,000 surety bond. All other motor vehicle dealer bonds must be in the amount of $50,000.The amount you’ll pay for your Minnesota motor vehicle dealer surety bond depends directly on your application and financial credentials.

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Why this bond

Motor vehicle dealer surety bonds are required by the state of Minnesota to ensure that the principal (vehicle dealer) operates within the confines of the law and pays all taxes, licensing fees and penalties that may be required. By posting this bond, the vehicle dealer also promises not to mislead or deceive customers through false advertising or any other deceptive statements regarding the sale or financing of a vehicle. Failure to maintain this bond could result in the revocation of a dealer’s license.

In Minnesota, vehicle dealers must post surety bonds in order to be licensed, and our specialists are dedicated to helping you secure the right bond for your business. Our experts and clear-cut bonding process make getting bonded quick and easy!

Motor vehicle dealer bond details

Minnesota vehicle surety bonds are continuous in nature. The surety company must provide the obligee with 30 days’ notice before canceling.The principal’s signature on the bond form must be witnessed by a licensed notary.

Any dealer who sells trailers designed to transport small construction or farm equipment in any year following a year in which the dealer had less than $500,000 in gross receipts from the sale of such trailers does not need this surety bond. Any dealer who the Minnesota Department of Public Safety determines will have gross receipts of less than $500,000 in the first year of business is also exempt from this bonding requirement.

Become a motor vehicle dealer

In addition to posting and maintaining a surety bond, motor vehicle dealers in Minnesota must have the following in order to be licensed:

  • motor vehicle liability insurance for all vehicles
  • a commercial building or office space
  • zoning approval for commercial property

A link to the state’s full licensing requirements can be found in the “Additional Information” section of this page.

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Additional Information