(a)  It is illegal to use dealer plates on vehicles operated for any other business that the dealer is engaged in.  The sale of vehicles not required to be registered, excluding the sale of farm tractors which are part of the inventory of the dealer, is considered another business and delivery of such vehicles by motor transport is not permitted with dealer plates.

(b)  Parts trucks used in delivering parts to other sales outlets may use dealer plates only if the sale of parts is incident to the dealer business.  A parts business that is separate and apart from the dealership cannot use dealer plates.

(c)  It is illegal to use dealer plates on vehicles that are not owned by the dealer.

(d)  It is illegal for persons other than dealers, corporate officers or employees of a dealer who regularly work for the dealer at least 15 hours a week, to operate a dealership vehicle unless they are in possession of a 96‑hour permit.  The said permit must include license plate number, permitee's name, address, driver's license number, date and hour of issue and must be signed by dealer or sales manager and person receiving vehicle.  A duplicate copy of the permit must be retained by the dealer.  The permit is void if erasures are made.

(e)  It is illegal to use dealer plates on wreckers used for general wrecker service or on wreckers which move vehicles on a rotation basis at the request of state or local law enforcement authorities.  It is permissible to use a dealer plate on wreckers which tow vehicles for the dealer's customers only.

(f)  The civil penalty imposed upon a dealer pursuant to G.S. 20-79(e)(2) is due in full upon assessment by the Division.  The license of a dealer who fails to pay the civil penalty within 30 days after notice of the assessment is delivered to the dealer or an employee of the dealer shall be cancelled by the Division until the penalty is paid in full.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 20‑39; 20‑79; 20-302;

Eff. June 1, 1988;

Amended Eff. December 1, 1993; October 1, 1991; October 1, 1989.