(A) A motor vehicle dealer, motor vehicle leasing dealer, or motor vehicle auction owner, pursuant to section 4517.01 of the Revised Code may expand the display area of the dealership location licensed under Chapter 4517. of the Revised Code. The expanded area is an extension of the principally established place of business pursuant to section 4517.03 of the Revised Code which is located adjacent to or within two hundred feet of the property line of the principally established place of business and which complies with the following:
(1) The expanded site shall be at least two thousand square feet not including driveway with adequate ground cover of hard surface so as to prevent the collection of dust, mud, water or other unsightly conditions.
(2) The expanded site shall be used exclusively for the display of motor vehicles and no other business or residence shall be located or conducted on the site.
(B) In addition to the above conditions, the motor vehicle dealer shall conduct all transactions relating to the lease or sale of motor vehicles at the principal place of business. A motor vehicle dealer who has more than one place of business in a county, must operate the expanded display site in conjunction with the principally established place of business.
(C) Any motor vehicle dealer seeking to establish an expanded display site shall first request approval from the registrar of motor vehicles and request an inspection to determine if the site meets the criteria set forth above. If the registrar determines that the site meets the requirements of this rule, the motor vehicle dealer shall not be required to obtain a separate license for the expanded display site nor will the motor vehicle dealer be required to maintain a display or repair facility under roof on the expanded site. If the registrar determines that the expanded display site does not continue to meet the above criteria annually thereafter, the dealers annual license renewal shall be denied pursuant to section 4517.12 of the Revised Code. An appeal of such a denial may be made to the motor vehicle dealers board in accordance with rule 4501:1-3-25 of the Administrative Code. If the motor vehicle dealers board, upon its own investigation, determines that the site does not meet or is not in accordance with the requirements set forth above, the board may suspend or revoke the dealer's license pursuant to section 4517.33 of the Revised Code.
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 11/6/2017 and 11/01/2022
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4517.32, 4501.02
Rule Amplifies: 4517.03, 4517.07, 4517.06, 4517.05, 4517.04
Prior Effective Dates: 06/20/1990, 05/09/1998