§ 545.01 Definitions
§ 545.02 Contracts designating finance company through which sale of motor vehicle to be financed declared void
§ 545.03 Threats by manufacturer or wholesaler as prima facie evidence of intent to violate law
§ 545.04 Threats by finance company presumed to be made by manufacturer or wholesaler
§ 545.045 Purchase or assignment of third-party financing
§ 545.05 Paying or giving anything to finance company to lessen competition prohibited
§ 545.06 Acceptance of anything of value by finance company resulting in lessening competition prohibited
§ 545.07 Acceptance of benefits by finance company for purpose of lessening competition prohibited
§ 545.08 Department of Legal Affairs or state attorney to institute suit upon violation of law
§ 545.09 Department of Legal Affairs to enjoin violations by foreign corporations; revocation of license by Department of State
§ 545.10 Contract in violation of law declared void
§ 545.11 Remedy for persons injured by violation of law
§ 545.12 Penalty for violations of chapter

Terms Used In Florida Statutes > Chapter 545

  • Adjuster: means a public adjuster as defined in…. See Florida Statutes 626.015
  • Affiliated finance company: means a finance company which:
    (a) Is affiliated with or controlled by a manufacturer or wholesale distributor through common ownership, officers, directors, or management; or
    (b) Has a contractual agreement with a manufacturer or wholesale distributor to finance, via sale or lease, motor vehicles produced or distributed by such manufacturer or wholesale distributor. See Florida Statutes 626.641
  • agent: includes an insurance producer or producer, but does not include a customer representative, limited customer representative, or service representative. See Florida Statutes 626.015
  • Appointment: means the authority given by an insurer or employer to a licensee to transact insurance or adjust claims on behalf of an insurer or employer. See Florida Statutes 626.015
  • Automotive-related product: means a motor vehicle service agreement, as defined in…. See Florida Statutes 626.641
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Customer representative: means an individual appointed by a general lines agent or agency to assist that agent or agency in transacting the business of insurance from the office of that agent or agency. See Florida Statutes 626.015
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Dealer: means a franchised motor vehicle dealer, as defined in…. See Florida Statutes 626.641
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Finance company: means a person engaged in the business of financing the sale or lease of motor vehicles, or engaged in the business of purchasing or acquiring vehicle contracts in this state. See Florida Statutes 626.641
  • General lines agent: means an agent transacting any one or more of the following kinds of insurance:
    (a) Property insurance. See Florida Statutes 626.015
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Insurance agency: means a business location at which an individual, firm, partnership, corporation, association, or other entity, other than an employee of the individual, firm, partnership, corporation, association, or other entity and other than an insurer as defined by…. See Florida Statutes 626.015
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • License: means a document issued by the department or office authorizing a person to be appointed to transact insurance or adjust claims for the kind, line, or class of insurance identified in the document. See Florida Statutes 626.015
  • Manufacturer: means a person engaged, directly or indirectly, in the manufacture of motor vehicles. See Florida Statutes 626.641
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Mortgagee: The person to whom property is mortgaged and who has loaned the money.
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • person: includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations. See Florida Statutes 88.6011
  • Person: means an individual, firm, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, association, trustee, receiver, or assignee for the benefit of creditors. See Florida Statutes 626.641
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • purchase: includes an exchange, barter, gift, or offer to contract to sell or buy. See Florida Statutes 626.641
  • Rescission: The cancellation of budget authority previously provided by Congress. The Impoundment Control Act of 1974 specifies that the President may propose to Congress that funds be rescinded. If both Houses have not approved a rescission proposal (by passing legislation) within 45 days of continuous session, any funds being withheld must be made available for obligation.
  • Resident: means an individual whose home state is the State of Florida. See Florida Statutes 626.015
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
  • Third-party provider: means a provider of an automotive-related product that is not an affiliated finance company, manufacturer, or wholesale distributor. See Florida Statutes 626.641
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • Vehicle contract: means a conditional sales contract, retail installment sales contract, chattel mortgage, lease agreement, promissory note, or any other financial obligation arising from the retail sale or lease of a motor vehicle. See Florida Statutes 626.641
  • Wholesale distributor: means a person engaged, directly or indirectly, in the sale or distribution of motor vehicles to agents or to dealers. See Florida Statutes 626.641
  • writing: includes handwriting, printing, typewriting, and all other methods and means of forming letters and characters upon paper, stone, wood, or other materials. See Florida Statutes 88.6011