Motor vehicle dealers and manufacturers; addresses certain practices relating to warranty, etc. (SB527)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Motor vehicle dealers and manufacturers.  Expands the definition of "franchised motor vehicle dealer" to include used car dealerships operating under the trademark of a manufacturer. The bill also defines the relevant market area applicable to dealers of heavy trucks  and limits the certain control that may be exercised over the development and operation of a motor vehicle dealers premises due to its franchise relationship with the manufacturer. The bill also addresses certain practices relating to warranty and sales incentive audits to guarantee motor vehicle dealers the right to return parts sent by automated ordering system. It also limits the power of a manufacturer to coerce the waiver of a motor vehicle dealers rights under any contract or other law; and to clarify hearing procedures. Finally, the measure requires that funds held by a manufacturer that are necessary to perform its obligations in connection with the sale of motor vehicles be deemed trust funds held in trust, and grants dealers the limited right to sell new car inventory as new for 90 days following the termination of a franchise. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10103661D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/28/2010Reported from Transportation with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2010Passed by for the day
02/03/2010Read second time
02/03/2010Reading of amendments waived
02/03/2010Committee amendments rejected
02/03/2010Reading of substitute waived
02/03/2010Substitute by Senator Norment agreed to 10104808D-S1
02/03/2010Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB527S1
02/03/2010Floor substitute printed 10104808D-S1 (Norment)
02/04/2010Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2010Placed on Calendar
02/16/2010Read first time
02/16/2010Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/23/2010Reported from Transportation (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2010Read second time
02/26/2010Passed by for the day
03/01/2010Read third time
03/01/2010Amendment by Delegate Athey agreed to
03/01/2010Engrossed by House as amended
03/01/2010Passed House with amendment (99-Y 0-N)
03/01/2010VOTE: --- PASSAGE EMERGENCY (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2010House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2010Emergency clause added
03/11/2010Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB527ER)
03/11/2010Signed by Speaker
03/13/2010Signed by President
04/09/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 318 (effective 4/9/10)
04/09/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0318)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1012.