Service contracts regulated.
ENTITLED, An Act
regulate motor vehicle service contracts.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
be amended to read as follows:
No provision of this title applies with respect to:
Fraternal benefit societies, except as stated in chapter 58-37A;
Bail bondsmen, other than corporate sureties and their agents, except as stated in chapter
Motor vehicle service contracts
, extended service agreements, or other contracts by
which a motor vehicle dealer licensed under chapter 32-6B or manufacturer of motor
vehicles contracts to indemnify a motor vehicle owner or lessor against loss due to
mechanical breakdown, or freedom from defective or worn parts or equipment of motor
which are contracts or agreements to perform or indemnify for a specific
duration the repair, replacement, or maintenance of motor vehicles for operational or
structural failure due to a defect in materials, workmanship, or normal wear and tear,
with or without additional provisions for incidental payment of indemnity under limited
circumstances, including towing, rental, and emergency road service. Consideration for
a motor vehicle service contract shall be stated separately from the price of the motor
vehicle. The term does not include mechanical breakdown insurance or maintenance
Service agreements or extended warranty plans for which the primary purpose is to
provide service, repair, or replacement on consumer goods or products including
appliances, merchandise, or equipment, or mechanical/electrical systems in single or
multiple-family dwellings. Incidental indemnity payments under such plans where service,
repair, or replacement is not feasible or economical does not void this exemption;
Any person, trust, or other entity proven to be under the exclusive regulatory authority
of the federal government or another state agency;
Any agreement to provide liability protection entered into pursuant to chapter 1-24 is
exempt from the regulatory requirements of Title 58, except to forms of insurance
coverage provided by an insurer otherwise subject to the insurance laws of this state.
58-1-2 be amended by adding thereto NEW SUBDIVISIONS to read as
"Maintenance agreement," a contract of limited duration that provides for scheduled
"Mechanical breakdown insurance," any contract or agreement to perform or indemnify for a
specific duration the repair, replacement, or maintenance of property for operational or structural
failure due to a defect in materials, workmanship, or normal wear and tear.
Signed February 28, 2000.