Vehicle Industry Registration Procedures Manual

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Chapter 2: General Information – Licensees

2.055 Manufacturer (VC §672)

A manufacturer is a person who produces from raw materials or new basic component parts vehicles subject to registration, off-highway motorcycles, or new commercial vehicles permanently altered for the purpose of retail sale, by converting the vehicles into housecars. Permanently altered does not include the permanent attachment of a camper to a vehicle.

A manufacturer branch is an office maintained by a manufacturer for the sale of new vehicles to dealers, or for directing or supervising, in whole or in part, the manufacturer’s representatives (VC §389).

Unless a manufacturer either grants franchises to franchisees in California, or issues vehicle warranties directly to franchisees or consumers in this state, the manufacturer must have an established place of business or a representative in California.