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Title XXIV BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

Chapter 385

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  385.206.  Requirements for sale of contracts — dealers not to be used as fronting companies — required contract contents. — 1. No person shall directly sell, offer for sale, or solicit the sale of a motor vehicle extended service contract to a consumer, other than the following:

  (1) A dealer;

  (2) A manufacturer of motor vehicles, as defined in section 301.010;

  (3) A federally insured depository institution;

  (4) A lender licensed and defined under sections 367.100 to 367.215; or

  (5) An administrator, provider, manufacturer, or person working in concert with an administrator, provider, or manufacturer marketing or selling a motor vehicle extended service contract demonstrating financial responsibility as set forth in section 385.202.

  2. No administrator or provider shall use a dealer as a fronting company, and no dealer shall act as a fronting company. For purposes of this subsection, "fronting company" means a dealer that authorizes a third-party administrator or provider to use its name or business to evade or circumvent the provisions of subsection 1 of this section.

  3. Motor vehicle extended service contracts issued, sold, or offered for sale in this state shall be written in clear, understandable language, and the entire contract shall be printed or typed in easy-to-read type and conspicuously disclose the requirements in this section, as applicable.

  4. Motor vehicle extended service contracts insured under a reimbursement insurance policy under subsection 3 of section 385.202 shall contain a statement in substantially the following form: "Obligations of the provider under this service contract are guaranteed under a service contract reimbursement insurance policy. If the provider fails to pay or provide service on a claim within sixty days after proof of loss has been filed, the contract holder is entitled to make a claim directly against the insurance company." A claim against the provider also shall include a claim for return of the unearned provider fee. The motor vehicle extended service contract also shall state conspicuously the name and address of the insurer.

  5. Motor vehicle extended service contracts not insured under a reimbursement insurance policy pursuant to subsection 3 of section 385.202 shall contain a statement in substantially the following form: "Obligations of the provider under this service contract are backed only by the full faith and credit of the provider (issuer) and are not guaranteed under a service contract reimbursement insurance policy." A claim against the provider also shall include a claim for return of the unearned provider fee. The motor vehicle extended service contract also shall state conspicuously the name and address of the provider.

  6. Motor vehicle extended service contracts shall identify any administrator, the provider obligated to perform the service under the contract, the motor vehicle extended service contract seller, and the service contract holder to the extent that the name and address of the service contract holder has been furnished by the service contract holder.

  7. Motor vehicle extended service contracts shall state conspicuously the total purchase price and the terms under which the motor vehicle extended service contract is sold. The purchase price is not required to be preprinted on the motor vehicle extended service contract and may be negotiated at the time of sale with the service contract holder.

  8. If prior approval of repair work is required, the motor vehicle extended service contracts shall state conspicuously the procedure for obtaining prior approval and for making a claim, including a toll-free telephone number for claim service and a procedure for obtaining emergency repairs performed outside of normal business hours.

  9. Motor vehicle extended service contracts shall state conspicuously the existence of any deductible amount.

  10. Motor vehicle extended service contracts shall specify the merchandise and services to be provided and any limitations, exceptions, and exclusions.

  11. Motor vehicle extended service contracts shall state the conditions upon which the use of nonoriginal manufacturer's parts, or substitute service, may be allowed. Conditions stated shall comply with applicable state and federal laws.

  12. Motor vehicle extended service contracts shall state any terms, restrictions, or conditions governing the transferability of the motor vehicle extended service contract.

  13. Motor vehicle extended service contracts shall state the terms, restrictions, or conditions governing termination of the service contract by the service contract holder. The provider of the motor vehicle extended service contract shall mail a written notice to the contract holder within fifteen days of the date of termination.

  14. Motor vehicle extended service contracts shall require every provider to permit the service contract holder to return the contract within at least twenty business days of mailing date of the motor vehicle extended service contract or within at least ten days if the service contract is delivered at the time of sale or within a longer time period permitted under the contract. If no claim has been made under the contract, the contract is void and the provider shall refund to the contract holder the full purchase price of the contract. A ten percent penalty per month shall be added to a refund that is not paid within thirty days of return of the contract to the provider. The applicable free- look time periods on service contracts shall apply only to the original service contract purchaser.

  15. Motor vehicle extended service contracts shall set forth all of the obligations and duties of the service contract holder, such as the duty to protect against any further damage and the requirement for certain service and maintenance.

  16. Motor vehicle extended service contracts shall state clearly whether or not the service contract provides for or excludes consequential damages or preexisting conditions.

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(L. 2007 H.B. 221)


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