Michigan dealers back several amendments to state franchise law that would:
Allow the manufacturer to exercise its right of first refusal - reject a proposed buyer, buy the dealership and sell it to someone else - if the buyer is not a family member or key employee who qualifies as a buyer. Current law does not give special consideration to family members or key employees. The proposal also stipulates that manufacturers respond to the selling dealer within 30 days.
Extend the radius in which dealers can protest same-brand dealers from six miles to 10 miles in counties with populations of more than 25,000 and from 10 miles to 20 miles in counties with populations of fewer than 25,000.
Establish a dealer commission percentage rate floor at the current 6.5 percent, which would protect dealer profits in vehicle sales involving Chrysler Corp., Ford Motor Co. and General Motors employee purchase plans.
Give dealers the right to determine what equipment is necessary for their store and market.
Prohibit mandatory participation in non-factory-subsidized incentive programs for which dealers foot the bill.
Require makers to disclose how many vehicles each dealer in a given area is allocated.