If you live in the state of Montana and you want to start selling cars, there are a few steps you need to take to become a licensed vehicle dealer in Montana. In this post, we will go over six steps you can take to receive your dealer license and start the process of selling automobiles.!

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Step One: Decide What Type Of License You Need

In Montana, there are six different types of licenses to choose from depending on what type of vehicle you want to sell. Montana dealers licenses include:

  • Franchise Dealer – These dealers may sell new or used vehicles, including cars, trucks, vans, buses, rugged terrain vehicles, new or used snowmobiles, motorcycles, quadricycles, boats, motor homes, special mobile equipment, and trailers.
  • Used Dealer – Used dealers may sell only used vehicles. These vehicles include, vans, buses, cars, trucks, rugged terrain vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, motorcycles, quadricycles, motor homes, trailers, and special mobile equipment.
  • Wholesale Dealer – A wholesale dealer may only sell motor vehicles to licensed motor vehicle dealers, another wholesale dealer, or to auto auctions.
  • Auto Auction Dealer – These dealers are authorized to auction used motor vehicles to wholesale dealers, licensed motor vehicle dealers, or wrecking facilities.
  • New Manufactured Home Dealer (MD) – Dealers are authorized to sell a new manufactured home that has coverage under a franchise agreement or negotiate the purchase or exchange of a manufactured home.
  • Broker Dealer – A broker dealer has the authority to negotiate a sale, purchase, or exchange of a powersports vehicle or motor vehicle on behalf of another person.

Step Two: Complete the Montana Car Dealer License Application

Once you have decided which type of license you will need, you will fill out the Montana Car Dealer License Application.

Step Three: Purchase A Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond

A bond is necessary in the state of Montana because it protects your customers. If a customer is unsatisfied and believes that you have not fulfilled your obligations as a dealer, they can make a claim against your bond.

The amount of your bond is decided based on the types of vehicles you sell. Fortunately, to receive your bond you only have to pay a one-time fee of between one and 15 percent of the bond amount.

Step Four: Complete The Remaining Forms

The Montana Dealer License Application isn’t the only form you will need to fill out to receive your dealer license. In order to receive your license, the Montana MVD also requires that you complete a dealer plate order form, general liability insurance form, as well as evidence of compliance with city requirements.

Step Five: Inspect Location

The state of Montana needs to see proof that your dealership location has been inspected by Montana Highway Patrol, a compliance officer, or a local law enforcement agency.

Step Five: Submit!

Once you have completed all of the above steps, submit your forms and pay the fee. Your license and dealership plates will arrive between two and three weeks.

After receiving your dealership license, stop by MVD Express to complete all of your titling needs quickly and efficiently. We look forward to seeing you soon!