V C Section 12204 Consumer Application Filing

Consumer Application Filing

12204.  (a) A consumer may file an application with the recovery corporation for the payment of the consumer’s eligible claim if a dealer or lessor–retailer against whom the claim is asserted has ceased selling and leasing motor vehicles to the general public or has become subject to a petition in bankruptcy.

(b) (1) The application shall be verified and shall set forth all of the following information:

(A) The consumer’s name, address, and telephone number.

(B) The amount of the eligible claim.

(C) A description of the circumstances demonstrating an eligible claim.

(D) A statement indicating the consumer’s belief that the dealer or lessor–retailer has ceased selling and leasing motor vehicles to the general public or has become subject to a petition in bankruptcy and the reasons for this belief.

(E) A statement indicating what action, if any, the applicant has taken to recover the amount of the eligible claim.

(F) A statement indicating that the consumer’s application for payment does not include any amount for which the consumer has obtained recovery under the dealer’s bond required by Section 11710.

(2) Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed to require a consumer to bring a civil action to obtain recovery, file a bankruptcy claim, or file a crime report with a law enforcement agency in order to obtain payment of an eligible claim submitted to the recovery corporation.

(c) The application shall be accompanied by a copy of the agreement between the consumer and the dealer or lessor–retailer, unless the agreement is unnecessary to the recovery corporation’s determination of the validity of the claim.

of the agreement between the consumer and the dealer or lessor–retailer, unless the agreement is unnecessary to the recovery corporation’s determination of the validity of the claim.

(e) If the eligible claim is based on the failure to pay the proceeds of a consignment sale, the application shall be accompanied by the consignment agreement, evidence that the consigned vehicle was sold, and by the consumer’s verified statement that the consumer did not receive the portion of the proceeds of the sale to which the consumer was entitled. The eligible claim is limited to the dollar amount specified in a written consignment agreement to be paid to the consignor.

(f) If the eligible claim is based on the failure to pay the legal owner of the consumer’s trade–in vehicle, the application shall be accompanied by a statement from the legal owner of the amount, if any, that he or she received from the dealer or lessor–retailer. The eligible claim is limited to the dollar amount necessary to discharge the credit balance owing on the trade–in vehicle.

(g) If the eligible claim is based on the failure to pay the lessor of the consumer’s trade–in vehicle, the application shall be accompanied by a statement from the lessor of the amount, if any, that the lessor received from the dealer or lessor–retailer. The eligible claim is limited to the dollar amount necessary to pay the lessor the total amount that the dealer or lessor–retailer agreed with the consumer to pay the lessor.

(h) If the eligible claim is based on the failure to provide good title, the application shall be accompanied by a statement from the legal owner or other claimant of the amount, if any, that he or she received from the dealer or lessor–retailer. The eligible claim is limited to the remaining dollar amount necessary to discharge the valid security interest, lien, encumbrance, or other claim clouding title to the vehicle.

(i) If the eligible claim is based on the failure to pay third parties for insurance, service contracts, or goods or services, the application shall be accompanied by a statement from the third party of the amount, if any, that he or she received from the dealer or lessor–retailer. The eligible claim is limited to the difference between the dollar amount the consumer paid or was contractually obligated to pay to the dealer or lessor–retailer for the insurance, service contracts, or goods or services purchased through the dealer or lessor–retailer and to be provided by the third party and the dollar amount actually received by the third party from the dealer or lessor–retailer for the insurance, service contracts, or goods or services.

( )1 (j) The recovery corporation may require reasonable additional information designed to facilitate payment of eligible claims.

( )2 (k) (1) For claims that have accrued on or after July 1, 2008, and before January 1, 2009, the application shall be filed within 18 months of the date upon which the dealer or lessor–retailer ceased selling or leasing motor vehicles to the general public or became subject to a petition in bankruptcy.

(2) For claims that have accrued on or after January 1, 2009, the application shall be filed within one year of the date upon which the dealer or lessor–retailer ceased selling or leasing motor vehicles to the general public or became subject to a petition in bankruptcy.

Added Sec. 6, Ch. 437, Stats. 2007. Effective January 1, 2008.
Amended Sec. 4, Ch. 392, Stats. 2013. Effective January 1, 2014.
The 2013 amendment added the italicized material, and at the point(s) indicated, deleted the following:
1. "(h)"
2. "(i)"