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Hassan Signs Car Dealers Bill

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan signed legislation yesterday giving New Hampshire auto dealers strong new protections in their dealings with their manufacturers.

Hassan signed the Dealer Bill of Rights law at a Statehouse ceremony. The bill, which takes effect in 90 days, will limit mandatory facility upgrades to every 15 years. Dealers had complained they currently have no leverage in agreements they sign with manufacturers and have said manufacturers can require them to pay for costly and unnecessary renovations.

“This updated law provides a more level playing field between national manufacturers and the men and women of New Hampshire who work so hard in our vehicle and equipment sales industry,” said Hassan. “Local control is a hallmark of New Hampshire, and this law will bring an end to unfair practices in the industry.”

The bill also includes a provision ending mandates by manufacturers to use out-of-state products and contractors to do showroom upgrades and ensures proper reimbursement for warranty work done by local dealers. The bill also covers farm and construction equipment dealers.