Motor vehicle auction dealer to be bonded; conduct of auction business. 218.33(1)
Each licensee under s. 218.32
shall furnish and maintain a corporate surety bond in the amount of $25,000 in such form as the department approves, conditioned upon the licensee's complying with the laws applicable to the licensee and as indemnity for any loss sustained by any person by reason of acts of the licensee constituting grounds for refusal or revocation of the auction dealer's license. The bond shall run to the state of Wisconsin for the benefit of aggrieved parties, but the aggregate liability of the surety for all such parties shall not exceed the amount of said bond.
The following rules shall govern the conduct of motor vehicle auction sales:
Sales of motor vehicles shall be confined to those offered by licensed motor vehicle dealers and shall be made only to a person who is qualified under s. 218.34
to purchase, or submit a bid for the purchase of, a motor vehicle from a motor vehicle auction.
For each motor vehicle offered for sale by a motor vehicle dealer, the transferring dealer shall provide the motor vehicle auction dealer with clear title or shall furnish title insurance at the time of the sale. For each motor vehicle sold at an auction, the motor vehicle auction dealer shall enter on the certificate of title, or on the form or in the automated format used to reassign the title, any information that the department requires to indicate that ownership of the vehicle was transferred through an auction sale.
Payment for motor vehicles bought and sold shall be made immediately after sale.
(2m) Section 342.157
applies to motor vehicle auction sales under this section.
Any person violating this section may be fined not less than $25 nor more than $200 or imprisoned not more than 60 days, or both.
Purchases from a motor vehicle auction. 218.34(1)(1)
No person may purchase or submit a bid for the purchase of a motor vehicle from a motor vehicle auction unless the following conditions are satisfied:
The person holds a valid motor vehicle dealer, motor vehicle wholesaler, or motor vehicle buyer license.
If licensed as a motor vehicle buyer, the person bids on a vehicle for only one motor vehicle dealer at a time, and uses that dealer's funds when purchasing the vehicle.
The person displays his or her valid motor vehicle dealer, motor vehicle wholesaler, or motor vehicle buyer license to the motor vehicle auction and includes his or her license number on each sheet of any bid submitted to a motor vehicle auction for the purchase of a motor vehicle or other document evidencing the purchase of a motor vehicle from a motor vehicle auction.
No motor vehicle auction may accept a bid for the purchase of a motor vehicle or complete the sale transaction unless the person who submits the bid or offers to purchase a motor vehicle from the motor vehicle auction satisfies the requirements of sub. (1)
and the motor vehicle auction verifies that the motor vehicle dealer license, motor vehicle wholesaler license, or motor vehicle buyer license number displayed on the person's license and included on each sheet of that person's bid or other document evidencing the purchase of a motor vehicle are identical.
For each motor vehicle sold by a motor vehicle auction, the motor vehicle auction shall enter on the certificate of title, or on the form or in the automated format used to reassign the title, any information that the department requires to indicate that ownership of the vehicle was transferred by a motor vehicle auction.
History: 2003 a. 216
In this subchapter:
"Department" means the department of transportation.
"License period" means the period during which a license granted under s. 218.41
is effective, as established by the department under s. 218.41 (2m) (a) 1.
"Moped dealer" means any person, firm or corporation, who is engaged wholly or in part in the business of selling mopeds, except that a person, firm or corporation who is also a motor vehicle dealer under ss. 218.0101
shall be governed and regulated by the provisions of ss. 218.0101
and not this section.
Moped dealers regulated. 218.41(1)
No person may engage in the business of selling mopeds in this state without a license therefor as provided in this section.
Application for license shall be made to the department at such time and in such form, and containing such information, as the department requires.
In addition to any other information required under this subsection and except as provided in subd. 3.
, an application for a license under this section shall include the following:
In the case of an individual, the individual's social security number.
In the case of a person that is not an individual, the person's federal employer identification number.
The department of transportation may not disclose any information received under subd. 1. a.
to any person except to the department of children and families for the sole purpose of administering s. 49.22
or the department of revenue for the sole purpose of requesting certifications under s. 73.0301
If an applicant who is an individual does not have a social security number, the applicant, as a condition of applying for or applying to renew a license under this section, shall submit a statement made or subscribed under oath or affirmation to the department that the applicant does not have a social security number. The form of the statement shall be prescribed by the department of children and families. Any license issued or renewed in reliance upon a false statement submitted by an applicant under this subdivision is invalid.
The department may require in such application, or otherwise, information relating to the applicant's solvency, financial standing or other pertinent matter, commensurate with the safeguarding of the public interest in the locality in which the applicant proposes to engage in business, all of which may be considered by the department in determining the fitness of the applicant to engage in business as set forth in this section.
All licenses shall be granted or refused within 30 days after the department receives the application for the license.
Each license shall specify the location of the office or branch for which it is issued and must be available for inspection there. In case such location is changed, the department shall endorse the change of location on the license without charge if it is within the same municipality. A change of license to another municipality shall require a new license.
The department shall promulgate rules establishing a license period.
The department may promulgate rules establishing a uniform expiration date for all licenses granted under this section.
The department shall establish by rule the amount of the fee for a license granted under this section. The fee may not exceed a total of $50 per year for each year that the license is effective. The fee shall be prorated if the license period is not evenly divisible into years.
If the department grants a license under this section during the license period, the fee for the license shall equal the annual amount established under par. (b)
multiplied by the number of calendar years, including parts of calendar years, during which the license remains in effect. A fee determined under this paragraph may not exceed the total license fee for the entire license period under par. (b)
A license may be denied, suspended or revoked on any of the following grounds:
Material misstatement in application for license.
Filing a materially false or fraudulent income or franchise tax return as certified by the department of revenue.
Willful failure to comply with any provision of this section or any rule or regulation promulgated by the department under this section.
Willfully defrauding any retail buyer to the buyer's damage.
Willful failure to perform any written agreement with any retail buyer.
A license shall be denied, restricted, limited or suspended if the applicant or licensee is an individual who is delinquent in making court-ordered payments of child or family support, maintenance, birth expenses, medical expenses or other expenses related to the support of a child or former spouse, or who fails to comply, after appropriate notice, with a subpoena or warrant issued by the department of children and families or a county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5)
and related to paternity or child support proceedings, as provided in a memorandum of understanding entered into under s. 49.857
A license shall be suspended or revoked if the department of revenue certifies under s. 73.0301
that the licensee is liable for delinquent taxes. A licensee whose license is suspended or revoked under this subdivision for delinquent taxes is entitled to a notice under s. 73.0301 (2) (b) 1. b.
and hearing under s. 73.0301 (5) (a)
but is not entitled to any other notice or hearing under this section.
The department may without notice deny the application for a license within 30 days after receipt thereof by written notice to the applicant, stating the grounds for such denial. Upon request by the applicant whose license has been so denied, the division of hearings and appeals shall set the time and place of hearing a review of such denial, the same to be heard with reasonable promptness. This subsection does not apply to denials of applications for licenses under sub. (3m)
No license may be suspended or revoked except after a hearing thereon.
Except as provided in par. (c)
, the division of hearings and appeals shall give the licensee at least 5 days' notice of the time and place of the hearing. The order suspending or revoking the license shall not be effective until after 10 days' written notice thereof to the licensee, after the hearing has been had.
When the department finds that the best interest of the public or the trade demands such action, the department may suspend a license upon not less than 24 hours' notice of hearing and with not less than 24 hours' notice of the suspension of the license.
This subsection does not apply to licenses that are suspended or revoked under sub. (3m)
The department may inspect the pertinent books, records, letters and contracts of a licensee. The actual cost of each such examination shall be paid by the licensee so examined within 30 days after demand therefor by the department, and the department may maintain an action for the recovery of the costs in any court of competent jurisdiction.
If a licensee is a firm or corporation, it shall be sufficient cause for the denial, suspension or revocation of a license that any officer, director or trustee of the firm or corporation, or any member in case of a partnership or limited liability company, has been guilty of any act or omission which would be cause for refusing, suspending or revoking a license to the party as an individual. Each licensee shall be responsible for the acts of any or all salespersons while acting as the licensee's agent, if the licensee approved of or had knowledge of the acts or other similar acts and after such approval or knowledge retained the benefit, proceeds, profits or advantages accruing from the acts or otherwise ratified the acts.
Any department or other person in interest being dissatisfied with an order of the division of hearings and appeals may have a review thereof as provided in ch. 227
Examination by department.
No licensee is subject to examination or audit by the department under this subchapter other than as provided in s. 218.41 (6)
History: 1977 c. 288
Any person violating s. 218.41
or a lawful rule or order issued thereunder shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not less than $25 and not more than $100.
The department may cancel the license of the convicted licensee.
The license issued to any convicted licensee shall be surrendered to any police officer upon direction of the department without any refund of the fees paid.
Any license canceled under this section may not be renewed for 12 months.
History: 1977 c. 288
MOTOR VEHICLE SALVAGE POOLS
AND BUYER IDENTIFICATION
In this subchapter:
"Buyer identification card" means a card issued by the department authorizing the cardholder to bid on and purchase motor vehicles being held and offered for sale by a motor vehicle salvage pool and containing the full name, business and residence address and a brief description of the cardholder, the buyer identification number assigned to the cardholder by the department, either a facsimile of the cardholder's signature or a space upon which the cardholder shall write his or her name immediately upon receipt of the card and such other information as the department specifies.
"Buyer identification card period" means the period during which a buyer identification card issued under s. 218.51
is effective, as established by the department under s. 218.51 (3) (b) 1.
"Buyer identification number" means the distinguishing sequence of numbers or numbers and letters assigned by the department to a cardholder and appearing on that cardholder's buyer identification card.
"Cardholder" means a person to whom the department has issued a buyer identification card.
"Department" means the department of transportation.
"Motor vehicle salvage pool" means a person who is engaged primarily in the business of selling or distributing damaged motor vehicles at wholesale, whether or not the motor vehicles are owned by that person.
"Qualified applicant" means a motor vehicle dealer, wholesaler salvage dealer licensed under this chapter, a motor vehicle dealer, wholesaler or salvage dealer licensed in another jurisdiction or an employee of a motor vehicle dealer, wholesaler or salvage dealer under this subsection.
History: 1987 a. 349
; 1989 a. 31
Salvage pools to be licensed as wholesalers.
No motor vehicle salvage pool may engage in business as such unless licensed as a wholesaler under ss. 218.0101
History: 1987 a. 349
; 1999 a. 31
Buyer identification cards. 218.51(1)
The department shall issue buyer identification cards to qualified applicants who wish to purchase or submit bids for the purchase of used or damaged motor vehicles from a motor vehicle salvage pool. The department shall specify the form of the buyer identification card.