2019 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 616. Miscellaneous insurers.
616.71 Motor club service; definitions.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 616.71 (2019)

616.71 Motor club service; definitions. As used in this subchapter, unless the context or subject matter otherwise requires:

(1) “Agent" means one who solicits the purchase of service contracts, as herein defined, or transmits for another any such contract, or application therefor, to or from the company, or acts or aids in any manner in the delivery or negotiation of any such contract, or in the renewal or continuance thereof.

(2) “Bail bond service" means any act by a company, as herein defined, the purpose of which is to furnish to, or procure for, any person accused of violation of any law of this state a cash deposit, bond or other undertaking required by law in order that the accused might enjoy personal freedom pending trial.

(3) “Buying and selling service" means any act by a company, as herein defined, whereby the holder of a service contract with any such company is aided in any way in the purchase or sale of an automobile.

(4) “Commissioner" means the commissioner of insurance, or the commissioner's assistants or deputies, or other persons authorized to act for the commissioner.

(5) “Company" means any person, firm, partnership, company, association or corporation engaged in selling, furnishing or procuring, as principal, for a consideration, motor club service.

(6) “Discount service" means any act by a company, as herein defined, resulting in the giving of special discounts, rebates or reductions of price on gasoline, oil, repairs, parts, accessories or service for motor vehicles, to holders of service contracts with any such company.

(7) “Emergency road service" means any act by a company, as herein defined, consisting of the adjustment, repair or replacement of the equipment, tires or mechanical parts of an automobile so as to permit it to be operated under its own power.

(8) “Financial service" means any act by a company, as herein defined, whereby loans or other advances of money, with or without security, are made to holders of service contracts with any such company.

(9) “Insurance service" means any act by a company, as herein defined, consisting of the selling or giving with a service contract, as herein defined, or as a result of membership in or affiliation with a company, as herein defined, a policy of insurance covering liability or loss by the holder of a service contract with any such company as the result of injury to the person of such service contract holder following an accident resulting from the ownership, maintenance, operation or use of a motor vehicle.

(10) “Legal service" means any act by a company, as herein defined, consisting of the hiring, retaining, engaging or appointing of an attorney or other person to give professional advice to, or represent, holders of service contracts with any such company, in any court, as the result of liability incurred by the right of action accruing to the holder of a service contract as a result of the ownership, operation, use or maintenance of a motor vehicle.

(11) “Map service" means any act by a company, as herein defined, by which road maps are furnished without cost to holders of service contracts with any such company.

(12) “Motor club service" means the rendering, furnishing or procuring of 3 or more of the following, to any person, in connection with that person's ownership, operation, use, or maintenance, of a motor vehicle, in consideration of that person's being or becoming a member of, affiliated with or entitled to membership or other motor club service from any company rendering, procuring or furnishing those services by virtue of any agreement or understanding with any such company:

(a) Towing service.

(b) Emergency road service.

(c) Insurance service.

(d) Bail bond service.

(e) Legal service.

(f) Discount service.

(g) Financial service.

(h) Buying and selling service.

(i) Theft service.

(j) Map service.

(k) Touring service.

(13) “Service contract" means any written agreement whereby any company, as herein defined, for a consideration, promises to render, furnish, or procure for any other person, whether that person is a member of such company or otherwise, motor club service, as herein defined.

(14) “Theft service" means any act by a company, as herein defined, the purpose of which is to locate, identify or recover a motor vehicle, owned or controlled by the holder of a service contract with any such company, which has been, or may be, stolen, or to detect or apprehend the person guilty of such theft.

(15) “Touring service" means any act by a company, as herein defined, by which touring information is furnished without cost to holders of service contracts with any such company.

(16) “Towing service" means any act by a company, as herein defined, consisting of the drafting or moving of a motor vehicle from one place to another under other than its own power.

History: 1977 c. 339 ss. 8, 44; Stats. 1977 s. 616.71; 1979 c. 355 s. 236; 1983 a. 189; 1987 a. 166; 1991 a. 316; 1993 a. 490; 1997 a. 254.

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