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2010 Florida Statutes

SECTION 121
Forms, required procedures, provisions.
F.S. 634.121
634.121 Forms, required procedures, provisions.
(1) Before the sale of any service agreement, written notice must be given to the prospective purchaser by the service agreement company or its agent or salesperson that purchase of the service agreement is not required in order to purchase or obtain financing for a motor vehicle.
(2) All motor vehicle service agreements are assignable in a consumer transaction and must contain a statement in conspicuous, boldfaced type, informing the purchaser of the service agreement of her or his right to assign it to a subsequent retail purchaser of the motor vehicle covered by the service agreement and all conditions on such right of transfer. The assignment must occur within a period of time specified in the agreement, which period may not expire earlier than 15 days after the date of the sale or transfer of the motor vehicle. The service agreement company may charge an assignment fee not to exceed $40.
(3)(a) Each service agreement must contain a cancellation provision. Any service agreement is cancelable by the purchaser within 60 days after purchase. The refund must be 100 percent of the gross premium paid, less any claims paid on the agreement. A reasonable administrative fee may be charged not to exceed 5 percent of the gross premium paid by the agreement holder.
(b) After the service agreement has been in effect for 60 days, it may not be canceled by the insurer or service agreement company unless:
1. There has been a material misrepresentation or fraud at the time of sale of the service agreement;
2. The agreement holder has failed to maintain the motor vehicle as prescribed by the manufacturer;
3. The odometer has been tampered with or disabled and the agreement holder has failed to repair the odometer; or
4. For nonpayment of premium by the agreement holder, in which case the service agreement company shall provide the agreement holder notice of cancellation by certified mail.

If the service agreement is canceled by the insurer or service agreement company, the return of premium must not be less than 100 percent of the paid unearned pro rata premium, less any claims paid on the agreement. If, after 60 days, the service agreement is canceled by the service agreement holder, the insurer or service agreement company shall return directly to the agreement holder not less than 90 percent of the unearned pro rata premium, less any claims paid on the agreement. The service agreement company remains responsible for full refunds to the consumer on canceled service agreements. However, the salesperson and agent are responsible for the refund of the unearned pro rata commission. A service agreement company may effectuate refunds through the issuing salesperson or agent.

(4) If the service agreement is canceled, pursuant to an order of liquidation, the salesperson or agent is responsible for refunding, and must refund, to the receiver the unearned pro rata commission.
(5) If a service agreement company violates any lawful order of the office or fails to meet its contractual obligations under this part, upon notice from the office, the sales representative or agent must refund to the service agreement holder the unearned pro rata commission, unless the sales representative or agent has made other arrangements, satisfactory to the office, with the service agreement holder.
(6) Each service agreement, which includes a copy of the application form, must be mailed or delivered to the agreement holder within 45 days after the date of purchase.
(7) Each service agreement form must contain in conspicuous, boldfaced type any statement or clause that places restrictions or limitations on the benefits offered or disclose such restrictions or limitations in regular type in a section of the service agreement containing a conspicuous, boldfaced type heading.
(8) If an insurer or service agreement company intends to use or require the use of remanufactured or used replacement parts, each service agreement form as well as all service agreement brochures must contain in conspicuous, boldfaced type a statement to that effect.
(9) Each service agreement form as well as all service agreement company sales brochures must clearly identify the name, address, and Florida license number of the licensed insurer or service agreement company.
(10) If a service agreement contains a rental car provision, it must disclose the terms and conditions of this benefit in conspicuous, boldfaced type or disclose such restrictions or limitations in regular type in a section of the service agreement containing a conspicuous, boldfaced type heading.
(11) By July 1, 2011, each service agreement sold in this state must be accompanied by a written disclosure to the consumer that the rate charged for the service agreement is not subject to regulation by the office. A service agreement company may comply with this requirement by including such disclosure in its service agreement form or in a separate written notice provided to the consumer at the time of sale.
History.s. 12, ch. 59-110; ss. 13, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 3, ch. 76-168; s. 1, ch. 77-457; s. 8, ch. 78-231; ss. 2, 3, ch. 81-318; ss. 11, 32, 33, ch. 82-234; s. 26, ch. 83-288; ss. 19, 68, ch. 91-106; ss. 8, 20, ch. 93-195; s. 3, ch. 95-245; s. 2, ch. 97-74; s. 457, ch. 97-102; s. 2, ch. 99-293; s. 3, ch. 2002-86; s. 3, ch. 2003-150; s. 1428, ch. 2003-261; s. 14, ch. 2010-175.