2016 Delaware Code
Title 21 - Motor Vehicles
§ 6301. Definitions [For application of this section, see 79 Del. Laws, c. 161, § 5].

21 DE Code § 6301 (2016) What's This?

As used in this chapter:

(1) "Consignment" is when a vehicle owner enters into an agreement with a dealer for the sale of a vehicle without a transfer of ownership to the dealer.

(2) "Dealer" or "motor vehicle dealer" includes:

a. A person, corporation, partnership, proprietorship or any other legal entity who is in the business of buying, selling or exchanging during any 12-month period 5 or more vehicles; and/or

b. Any person, corporation, partnership, proprietorship or any other legal entity who offers to sell, sells, displays or permits the display for sale, of 5 or more vehicles within a 12-month period.

(3) "Dealer" or "motor vehicle dealer" shall not include:

a. A receiver, trustee, personal representative, or other person appointed by or acting under the authority of any court of competent jurisdiction;

b. A public official who sells or disposes of vehicles in the performance of the official's duties;

c. Any financial institution chartered or authorized to do business in Delaware, including its subsidiaries or affiliates, which receives title to a motor vehicle in the normal course of its business by reason of a lease, foreclosure, repossession, judicial sale or voluntary conveyance or reconveyance of the motor vehicle as a result of any lease of the motor vehicle or any extension of credit secured by the motor vehicle or the enforcement of any lien on the motor vehicle;

d. A licensed auctioneer acting on behalf of a seller, secured party or owner and when title does not pass to the auctioneer and the auction is not for the purpose of avoiding this chapter;

e. An insurance company authorized to do business in Delaware that sells or disposes vehicles under a contract with its insured in the regular course of business;

f. Either a manufacturer or distributor who sells or distributes vehicles to licensed dealers or a person employed by a manufacturer or distributor to promote the sale of the vehicles of the manufacturer or distributor, if that manufacturer, distributor or person does not sell vehicles to retail buyers;

g. A nonprofit educational foundation organized to promote instructional effectiveness and educational achievement.

(4) "Department" shall mean the Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles.

(5) "Director" shall mean the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles or the Director's authorized or delegated representative.

(6) "Division" shall mean the Division of Motor Vehicles.

(7) "Franchised motor vehicle dealer" means a dealer in new vehicles that has a franchise agreement with a manufacturer or distributor of vehicles or, in the case of a recreational vehicle dealer, has a manufacturer-dealer agreement with a manufacturer of distributor to sell a particular line-make of new recreational vehicle or new recreational trailer. As used in this section, the term "line-make" is defined in § 8402(7) of this title.

(8) "Retail dealer" means a dealer who may sell vehicles to another dealer, licensed auto auction, or retail customers.

(9) "Vehicle" means motor vehicles, trailers, recreational vehicles, recreational trailers, mobile homes, and any other device, in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a public highway, excepting devices moved by animal power, human power, off-highway vehicles, special mobile equipment and farm equipment.

(10) "Wholesale dealer" means a dealer who may sell vehicles only to another dealer or licensed auto auction.

71 Del. Laws, c. 449, § 1; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1; 74 Del. Laws, c. 110, § 110; 75 Del. Laws, c. 33, § 2; 79 Del. Laws, c. 44, § 2; 79 Del. Laws, c. 161, § 2.;

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