Motor vehicle salvage dealers to be licensed. 218.205(1)(1)
No person may carry on or conduct the business of a motor vehicle salvage dealer unless licensed to do so by the department. Any person violating this section may be fined not less than $25 nor more than $200 or imprisoned for not more than 60 days or both.
Motor vehicle dealers licensed under s. 218.01 (2)
who remove, but do not sell, as such, parts of motor vehicles prior to sale of such vehicles to motor vehicle salvage dealers or scrap metal processors.
Scrap metal processors and portable scrap metal crushers who accept motor vehicles from only:
Municipalities, all of whom shall submit titles and reports to the department and retain records.
Any person who acquires a motor vehicle for salvage purposes for his or her own use and then sells the remainder to a motor vehicle salvage dealer or to another person who will further use that motor vehicle for salvage purposes for his or her own use before selling it to a motor vehicle salvage dealer.
Collectors of special interest vehicles who purchase or sell parts cars in compliance with s. 341.266
History: 1971 c. 40
; 1975 c. 288
; 1977 c. 29
s. 1654 (7) (a)
; 1977 c. 415
; 1987 a. 351
; Stats. 1987 s. 218.205.
Application for salvage dealer's license. 218.21(1)(1)
Application for license shall be made to the department, at such time, in such form and contain such information as the department requires and shall be accompanied by the required fee. Except as provided in sub. (1m)
, the department may require in the 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.
The department may not require information relating to the applicant's solvency or financial standing if the applicant provides a bond in the amount provided in sub. (4)
and under conditions specified in s. 218.01 (2) (h) 2.
Application for a motor vehicle salvage dealer's license shall be made upon the form prescribed by the department and shall contain:
The name under which the applicant is transacting business within the state.
The place or places where the business is to be conducted, which must be an established place of business.
If the applicant is a sole proprietorship, the personal name and address of the applicant.
If the applicant is a partnership, the name and address of each partner.
If the applicant is a limited liability company, the name and address of each member.
If the applicant is a corporation, the names and addresses of its principal officers.
Such other pertinent information as may be required by the department for the purpose of determining the eligibility of the applicant to be licensed.
Every application shall be executed by the applicant, if an individual, or in the event the applicant is a partnership, limited liability company or corporation, by a partner, member or officer thereof. Every such application shall be accompanied by the fee required by law.
Unless the applicant furnishes a bond, or other adequate collateral as security, of not less than $25,000 under conditions provided by s. 218.01 (2) (h) 2.
, every application shall be accompanied by a current financial statement to determine the applicant's solvency as required under sub. (1)
. Except as provided in par. (b)
, this paragraph does not apply to the application of a scrap metal processor.
(b) Paragraph (a)
does not preclude the department from requiring an applicant who is a scrap metal processor to provide information relating to the applicant's solvency or financial standing if the applicant does not furnish a bond or other collateral as specified in par. (a)
and the department has reasonable cause to believe that the applicant is financially insolvent.
Except as provided in par. (b)
, when a motor vehicle salvage dealer has an established place of business in more than one municipality in this state, he or she shall make separate application and submit a separate license fee remittance for each such municipality. A motor vehicle salvage dealer who fails to apply for each such separate license may be required to forfeit not more than $200.
A scrap metal processor with an established place of business in more than one municipality may make a single application listing all places of business to be licensed and pay a single fee for the licensing of the listed places of business.
Any person who knowingly makes a false statement in an application for a motor vehicle salvage dealer license may be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned not more than 5 years or both.
See note to 19.21, citing 66 Atty. Gen. 302.
When department to license salvage dealers. 218.22(1)(1)
The department shall issue a license to the applicant for a motor vehicle salvage dealer's license upon the receipt of a properly completed application form accompanied by the fee required under sub. (2) (c)
, upon being satisfied that the applicant is financially solvent or that the applicant has furnished a bond, or other adequate collateral as security, of not less than $25,000 under conditions provided by s. 218.01 (2) (h) 2.
, and of good character and:
If the application is for renewal of an existing license, upon being satisfied that the applicant has complied with and will comply with this subchapter;
If the application is for an original license, upon being satisfied that:
The proposed site or operation will comply with all laws, the rules promulgated by the department and the locally applicable zoning or permit requirements, before beginning operations, including all laws, rules and local requirements already enacted as promulgated as of the date of application and scheduled to take effect at a later date.
A motor vehicle salvage dealer's license entitles the licensee to carry on and conduct the business of a motor vehicle salvage dealer during the license period.
The department shall promulgate rules establishing a license period.
The department may promulgate rules establishing a uniform expiration date for all licenses issued under this section.
Except as provided in par. (d)
, the fee for a license issued under this section equals $75 multiplied by the number of years in the license period. The fee shall be prorated if the license period is not evenly divisible into years.
If the department issues a license under this section during the license period, the fee for the license shall equal $75 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 license fee for the entire license period under par. (c)
License fees collected under this subchapter shall be deposited in the transportation fund.
The department may deny, suspend or revoke a license on any of the following grounds:
Proof of financial insolvency or other unfitness.
Material misstatement in application for license.
Filing a materially false or fraudulent income or franchise tax return as certified by the department of revenue.
Wilful failure to comply with any provision of this section or any rule promulgated by the department under this section.
Wilfully defrauding any retail buyer to the buyer's damage.
Wilful failure to perform any written agreement with any retail buyer.
Failure or refusal to furnish and keep in force any bond required.
Having made a fraudulent sale, transaction or repossession.
Fraudulent misrepresentation, circumvention or concealment through whatsoever subterfuge or device of any of the material particulars or the nature thereof required hereunder to be stated or furnished to the retail buyer.
Employment of fraudulent devices, methods or practices in connection with compliance with the statutes with respect to the retaking of goods under retail instalment contracts and the redemption and resale of such goods.
Having indulged in any unconscionable practice relating to said business.
Having charged interest in excess of 15 per cent per year.
Having sold a retail instalment contract to a sales finance company not licensed under s. 218.01
Having violated any law relating to the sale, distribution or financing of salvaged parts.
(4) Procedure in denial, suspension or revocation. 218.22(4)(a)(a)
The licensor may without notice deny the application for a license within 60 days after receipt thereof by written notice to the applicant, stating the grounds for such denial. Within 30 days after such notice, the applicant may petition the division of hearings and appeals to conduct a hearing to review the denial, and a hearing shall be scheduled with reasonable promptness.
No license shall be suspended or revoked except after a hearing thereon. The licensor shall give the licensee at least 5 days' notice of the time and place of such hearing. The order suspending or revoking such license shall not be effective until after 10 days' written notice thereof to the licensee, after such hearing has been had; except that the licensor, when in its opinion the best interest of the public or the trade demands it, 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. Matters involving suspensions and revocations brought before the department shall be heard and decided upon by the division of hearings and appeals.
The licensor may inspect the pertinent books, records, letters and contracts of a licensee. The actual cost of each such examination shall be paid by such licensee so examined within 30 days after demand therefor by the licensor, and the licensor may maintain an action for the recovery of such costs in any court of competent jurisdiction.
No salvage dealer licensed under ss. 218.205
shall be licensed as a dealer under s. 218.01 (2)
at his or her salvage dealer location, provided that nothing herein shall prohibit licensing and transacting of both businesses at the same location where the salvage operations are physically separated.
Licensee to maintain records; sale of vehicles by licensee. 218.23(1)(1)
Whenever a licensed motor vehicle salvage dealer acquires a motor vehicle for the purpose of wrecking it, the dealer shall mail or deliver the certificate of title or if the transfer to the salvage dealer was by a bill of sale, the bill of sale, for such vehicle to the department within 30 days after the vehicle is delivered to the salvage yard unless the previous owner already has done so. If he or she subsequently wishes to transfer such vehicle to another person, he or she shall make such transfer only by bill of sale. In such bill of sale, he or she shall describe the vehicle and shall state that the certificate of title for the vehicle has been mailed or delivered to the department because the vehicle was to have been junked.
Every licensed motor vehicle salvage dealer shall maintain a record of every vehicle which is bought or otherwise acquired and wrecked by the salvage dealer, which record shall state the name and address of the person from whom such vehicle was acquired and the date thereof. The record shall be in the form prescribed by the department.
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.
Salvage dealer license number displayed on trucks and truck-tractors. 218.24(1)
Each motor vehicle salvage dealer licensed under this subchapter shall prominently display his or her salvage dealer license number on both sides of each truck or truck-tractor owned by such dealer and operated for hauling, towing or pushing salvage vehicles.
The letters "DMV SAL" shall be placed directly ahead of the assigned license certificate number.
The markings required by this section shall be not less than 2 inches in height and not less than one-fourth inch brush stroke, and in sharp color contrast to the background on which it is applied. Such identification shall be maintained in such manner as to remain legible while the vehicle is in operation.
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.
History: 1975 c. 288
The department shall make rules under ch. 227
and establish the standards necessary to carry out the purposes of this subchapter and to provide for the orderly operation of motor vehicle salvage sites.
MOTOR VEHICLE AUCTION DEALERS
In this subchapter:
"Department" means the department of transportation.
"License period" means the period during which a license issued under s. 218.32
is effective, as established by the department under s. 218.32 (2) (b) 1.
History: 1989 a. 31
Motor vehicle auction dealers to be licensed.
No person shall carry on or conduct the business of auctioning motor vehicles at wholesale unless licensed to do so by the department. 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.