Outdoor power equipment retailers to be compensated
for warranty work.
ENTITLED, An Act to
provide for reasonable compensation by manufacturers of outdoor power
equipment for warranty work done by a retailer that sells outdoor power equipment.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Terms used in this Act shall only be used for the purposes of this Act and mean:
(1) "Retailer of outdoor power equipment," a business that purchases outdoor power
equipment for resale including: light industrial lawn and garden equipment, handheld
lawn and garden equipment, snow removal equipment, and small engines and other
power sources that operate such equipment;
(2) "Manufacturer," a person who manufactures or assembles outdoor power equipment and
sells outdoor power equipment directly or through a distributor to a retailer of outdoor
power equipment and provides a warranty;
(3) "Warranty," a commitment by a manufacturer to provide parts and labor for the outdoor
power equipment they manufacture that is defective or needs adjustment or repair.
Any manufacturer of outdoor power equipment that authorizes the retailer of outdoor
power equipment selling such equipment to perform the warranty work shall include reasonable
compensation for diagnostic work, as well as repair service, parts, and labor to the retailer. Time
allowances for diagnostic and performance of warranty work and service shall be adequate for the
work to be performed. The hourly labor rate paid to the retailer for warranty services may not be
less than the rate charged by the retailer for like service to nonwarranty customers for nonwarranty
service. Reimbursement for parts used in the performance of warranty repair may not be less than
the amount paid by the retailer to acquire the parts plus a reasonable allowance for handling, which
may not be less than thirty percent.
The provisions of this Act do not apply if the manufacturer's only method of sales
is a contract with the retailer that provides for an exclusive trade territory and requires the retailer
to make warranty repairs on such equipment.
Signed February 25, 2004.