A bill that would regulate how much a car manufacturer can require a dealer to make changes to a dealership within a 10-year period has yet to be signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Senate Bill 1687 was sent to Rauner on June 29. He has 60 days from that date to sign the bill or veto it, but if he doesn't take action the bill will automatically become law.
Under the law, manufacturers would not be able to force dealers to "substantially alter" the dealership twice within a decade, according to a press release. Alternations under the bill do not include maintenance and work to keep the dealership presentable.
Additionally, the manufacturers will not be allowed to require dealers to use manufacturer-designated vendors for improvement materials if the dealer is able to find similar products with a more economical price.
The bill also restricts manufacturers from retracting sales incentives that dealers receive from customers who export a vehicle, unless the dealer knew about the export. Finally, the bill would force manufacturers to look into a dealer's market area before the manufacturer can buy a franchise from a selling dealer.
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