Equipment makers, dealers spar over New Hampshire dealer rights bill

Publish Date: 
Sep 4, 2013

CONCORD, N.H. – The New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association (NHADA), which also represents powersports dealers, will intervene in a lawsuit filed by John Deere and other heavy equipment manufacturers to block the state’s updated Auto Dealers Bill of Rights.

The bill passed both legislative houses handily earlier this year and was to take effect Sept. 23. Deere sought a court order barring enforcement of the new law, which brings farm and construction equipment dealers under the same state laws as auto and powersports dealers. The bill also reduces OEM influence in renovation and purchasing decisions and requires that they give dealers periodic access to their files.

NHADA’s board of directors voted at a Sept. 3 emergency meeting to intervene in the lawsuit to keep the updated law intact.

"Lawmakers recognize the franchise issues that arise between the dealer and the manufacturer are similar if not identical regardless of the type of product the dealer sells at retail," said NHADA President Pete McNamara. "In fact, the manufacturer agreements for auto dealers and for equipment dealers are very similar in language and structure. It's common sense."

Posted by Holly Wagner