Motor Vehicle Dealer Bonds – Iowa

Auto dealers and trailer dealers are required to carry bonding in Iowa, which is enforced by the Iowa Department of Transportation, Office of Vehicle & Motor Carrier Services. Auto dealers must carry a $75,000 bond to show financial integrity. Trailer dealers must have a $25,000 bond.

Bonds are an indicator that dealers are complying with state laws. By following the legal requirement to be bonded, the dealer shows financial responsibility and a respect for the law.

Cost of Auto Dealer Bonds.

Jet works tirelessly to deliver the lowest auto dealer bond rates in the market. Personal credit score of the licensed dealer and number of years in business are the top two factors that determine the bond price.

Price Tier* Used / Wholesale Dealers Trailer Dealers
Monthly | Annual Monthly | Annual
Preferred $24 | $281 $12 | $125
Standard $63 | $750 $32 | $375
Credit Repair $104 | $1125 $70 | $750
Used / Wholesale Dealers
Price Tier
Monthly | Annual
Preferred
$24 | $281
Standard
$63 | $750
Credit Repair
$104 | $1125
Trailer Dealers
Price Tier
Monthly | Annual
Preferred
$12 | $125
Standard
$32 | $375
Credit Repair
$70 | $750
*The cost of the surety bond is based on many factors such as personal credit of the dealer, type of dealership, etc. Not all available price tiers are reflected in the above chart, and prices are not a guarantee as underwriting approval is required.

Temporary Extension Lot Licenses Following the March 2019 Flood.

Due to the Governor’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency of March 2019, motor vehicle and travel trailer dealers in the affected counties may apply for a temporary extension lot while damages from the flood are repaired. This license is available with no fee asked of affected dealers. To ensure that dealerships and surrounding areas have ample time to complete repairs, this license is binding through August 31st, 2019.

How Do Dealers Apply for a Bond?

To get a quote, you must first provide the necessary information. This information can be submitted to Jet by clicking the apply now button below and filling out the application. Once we have your quote ready, it will be sent to you to via email with the option to purchase it right from there.

Bond Applications for Iowa

$75,000 Motor Vehicle Dealer or Manufacturer Bond

$25,000 Bond for Trailer Dealers

What is Restricted Dealer Licensing?

Restricted dealer licenses can be issued only for:

Claims Against a Dealer.

Iowa requires motor vehicle dealers to carry a bond to protect consumers from unethical dealer practices. The bond will cover loss or damages caused by a dealer that doesn’t comply with Iowa motor vehicle dealer regulations. For example, a claim can be filed against a dealer that doesn’t supply a valid title or tampers with the odometer.

If a complaint is filed by a consumer, the Iowa Bureau of Investigation and Identity Protection will decide if the case requires an investigation. The Bureau will inform the dealer whether the investigation will move forward or if there is not enough evidence for a case.

If the claim is proved to be valid, the bond will reimburse the consumer for any losses incurred. However, the dealer must still pay back the surety company for the amount of the claim.

Dealer License Checklist.

There are many items needed to become a licensed dealer in Iowa. The below list is meant to assist with obtaining these requirements: