11.12.01.02

.02 Location Requirements.

A. Each location shall be subject to inspection by an authorized representative of the Administration before approval of application for dealer registration.

B. Following approval of the application, the location shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable provisions of Transportation Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, and the regulations promulgated by the Administration. Licensees are subject to reinvestigation by authorized representatives of the Administration.

C. Only one license for the type of vehicle being offered for sale will be permitted at any one location, and once the location has been licensed, it may not be subdivided for the purpose of establishing other businesses, under separate licenses for the same type of vehicle being offered for sale, without the prior approval of the Administration. This prohibition also applies to a licensee doing business under more than one corporate structure.

D. A dealer may do business in a name or under any title or designation other than the corporation name, provided that the title or designation is not misleading. A trade or corporate name that falsely states or implies that a dealer has a special relationship or connection with a manufacturer that other dealers do not have is misleading, and an example of a title or designation that may not be adopted by a dealer. The dealer's application for license shall state the full corporate name and all "trading as" or "doing business as" names. Example: ABC Pontiac-----GMC-----Nissan-----Volvo, Inc.; T/A ABC Volvo, T/A ABC Nissan, T/A ABC Pontiac-----GMC.

E. A dealer may hold multiple licenses, for example, new or used vehicle, motorcycle, and trailer dealers' licenses, provided that all licenses are issued in the same dealership name.

F. The dealership shall face, adjoin, and be fully visible from an improved street or highway that is accessible to the public and that is identifiable by name or postal number. The street or highway shall be used by the public for vehicular travel.

G. The location shall be of a size to adequately and safely permit the display of a minimum of ten vehicles and space for customer parking.

H. The location shall meet all local zoning regulations.

I. The location shall be fully lighted.

J. The display and customer parking areas shall be adequately surfaced with an appropriate covering, subject to approval by the Administration.

K. The additional locations shall be inspected and approved by the Administration.

L. Additional locations shall meet the minimum standards set forth in applicable provisions of the Transportation Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, and the regulations promulgated by the Administration.

M. Additional locations may use registration plates issued to the primary location provided the trade name and ownership are identical to that of the primary location.

N. Signs.

(1) Appropriate dealership signs shall be permanently affixed.

(2) The signs shall be of a size as to make them reasonably legible from the street or highway.

(3) The signs shall clearly identify the business conducted at the dealership and shall adequately direct the customers to the dealership office.

(4) As to wholesale dealers, a sign is not required. However, if a sign is displayed, it:

(a) Shall be displayed at the dealership entrance;

(b) May not be larger than 6 inches in height and 18 inches in length; and

(c) May not contain any language which implies the dealership will sell to or exchange vehicles with a retail buyer.

O. As to wholesale dealers, the location shall be in a permanent building and the space used shall be:

(1) Owned or leased by the wholesale dealer;

(2) Regularly occupied and exclusively used by the wholesale dealer for dealership purposes.