NH auto dealers win protections from lawmakers

New Hampshire auto dealers win protections from House in contracts with manufacturers

Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire's auto dealers could be getting protections from lawmakers in their dealings with their manufacturers.

The House voted 338-30 Wednesday to pass the Dealer Bill of Rights giving New Hampshire auto dealers greater leverage in agreements with manufacturers.

The bill would limit mandatory facility upgrades to every 15 years. New Hampshire dealers had complained they currently have no leverage in agreements they sign with manufacturers. They said manufacturers can require them to pay for costly and unnecessary renovations.

The House voted to include farm and construction equipment dealers in the bill, though some objected that could run the risk of nullifying contracts between the dealers and manufacturers.

The bill goes to the Senate to consider changes made by the House.

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