Title 9: Commerce and Trade
Chapter 108: MOTOR VEHICLE MANUFACTURERS, DISTRIBUTORS, AND DEALERS FRANCHISING
9 V.S.A. § 4093. Right of designated family member to succeed in ownership
§ 4093. Right of designated family member to succeed in ownership
(a) Any owner of a new motor vehicle dealer may appoint by will, or any other written instrument, a designated family member to succeed in the ownership interest of the new motor vehicle dealer.
(b) Unless there exists good cause for refusal to honor succession on the part of the manufacturer or distributor, any designated family member of a deceased or incapacitated owner of a new motor vehicle dealer may succeed to the ownership of the new motor vehicle dealer under the existing franchise provided that:
(1) the designated family member gives the manufacturer or distributor written notice of his or her intention to succeed to the ownership of the new motor vehicle dealer within 120 days of the owner's death or incapacity; and
(2) the designated family member agrees to be bound by all the terms and conditions of the franchise.
(c) The manufacturer or distributor may request, and the designated family member shall provide, promptly upon said request, personal and financial data that are reasonably necessary to determine whether the succession should be honored. (Added 1981, No. 157 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. April 14, 1982; amended 2009, No. 57, § 1, eff. June 1, 2009.)