MD Processing Charge Law Creates New Freight Change Requirements
The Maryland General Assembly enacted legislative changes to state advertising requirements regarding freight. Beginning July 1, 2003, all advertisements that list price for the vehicle shall separately disclose the amount of freight charge in at least 10 pt bold type. If the freight charge is already included in the advertised price, then this new requirement need not be met. This approach to advertising the amount of freight charge is similar to the existing requirement in Virginia.
In addition, Maryland law also requires an additional disclosure of freight charge on each buyerês order for each new vehicle. Beginning July 1, 2003, buyerês orders must include the phrase, Freight Charge (space) and dollar amount in at least 12-point type on the buyerês order. Please be sure that these new freight requirements are followed in your dealership beginning July 1, 2003. They are new requirements that apply irrespective of your choosing to charge a processing charge.Download Bulletin PDF