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(hereinafter referred to as "Commission")

NOTE: If the vehicle has sustained damages as equilavent to seventy-five percent or more of the market value as determined by the most current National Automobile Dealers Association handbook, see LSA-R.S. 32:702 and 32:706.1.

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Act Number 350 of the 1954 Louisiana Legislature enacted Chapter 6 of Title 32 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes and the Louisiana Motor Vehicle Commission was created. The Declaration of Public Policy (LSA-R.S. 32:1251) sets forth the reasons for the enactment of this statute by stating:

        The legislature finds and declares that the distribution and sale of motor vehicles in the state of Louisiana vitally affects the general economy of the state, the public interest, and the public welfare, and that in order to promote the public interest, and the public welfare, and in the exercise of its police power, it is necessary to regulate and to license motor vehicle manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and lessors doing business in Louisiana, in order to prevent frauds, impositions, and other abuses upon its citizens, and avoid undue control of the independent motor vehicle dealer by the motor vehicle manufacturing and distributive organizations and foster and keep alive vigorous and healthy competition, by prohibiting unfair practices by which fair and honest competition is destroyed or prevented, and to protect the public against the creation or perpetuation of monopolies and practices detrimental to the public welfare, to prevent the practice of requiring the buying, leasing, or renting of special features, appliances, and equipment not desired or requested by the purchaser, lessee, or renter, to prevent false and misleading advertising, to prevent unfair practices by motor vehicle dealers, lessors, manufacturers, and distributing organizations, to promote the public safety and prevent disruption of the system of distribution of motor vehicles to the public and prevent deterioration of facilities for servicing motor vehicles and keeping same safe and properly functioning, and prevent bankrupting of motor vehicle dealers and lessors, who might otherwise be caused to fail because of such unfair practices and competition, thereby resulting in unemployment, disruption of leases, and nonpayment of taxes and loans, and contribute to an inevitable train of undesirable consequences, including economic depression. (Current through 2000 1st Extraordinary Session Acts)

Then in 1959 the Commission was designated the administrator of the Motor Vehicle Sales Finance Act (LSA-R.S. 6:956.1, et seq.)

A brief summary of the functions of the Commission are:

  • Licensing of:

    • Manufacturers, Distributors, Factory Branches, Distributor Branches and their representatives

    • New Motor Vehicle Dealers and their New Motor Vehicle Salesmen

    • New Motor Vehicle Dealers Used Motor Vehicle Facilities and their Used Motor Vehicle Salesmen

    • Satellite Warranty Repair Centers

    • New Motor Vehicle Brokers

    • Motor Vehicle Lessor Franchisors

    • Motor Vehicle Lessor Franchisors Used Motor Vehicle Facilities and their Used Motor Vehicle Salesmen

    • Motor Vehicle Lessors and their Lessor Agents

    • Motor Vehicle Lessor Used Motor Vehicle facilities and their Used Motor Vehicle Salesmen

    • Lease Facilitator

    • Converter and/or Secondary Manufacturer

    • Speciality Vehicle Dealers and their speciality vehicle salesmen

    • Finance Companies that finance motor vehicle pursuant to the Motor Vehicle Sales Finance Act

  • Regulation of licensees by requiring that they comply with any law and the Rules and Regulations relating to the sale, lease or rental, distribution, or financing of motor vehicles.

  • Promulgations of Rules and Regulations.

  • Investigation and examination to ensure compliance of laws and Rules and regulations relating to the sale, lease or rental, distribution, or financing of motor vehicles.

  • Investigation of consumer complaints against any licensee.

  • Mediation of disputes between licensees.

  • Adjudicative action by the Commission when and where provided or required by law.

  • Audits of motor vehicle chattel mortgages to verify compliance with the statutory rates as prescribed by law.

  • Audits of pre-paid motor vehicle finance accounts to insure rebates of finance charges and insurance coverages are in accordance with the provisions of the law.

 

 

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