Section 8-20-9

Transportation damages.

(a) Notwithstanding the terms, provisions, or conditions of any agreement or franchise, the new motor vehicle dealer is solely liable for damages to new motor vehicles occurring after acceptance of the new motor vehicle from the carrier and before delivery to the ultimate purchaser.

(b) Notwithstanding the terms, provisions, or conditions of any agreement or franchise, the manufacturer is liable for all damages to motor vehicles occurring before delivery to a carrier or transporter. If a new motor vehicle dealer determines the method of transportation, the risk of loss passes to the dealer upon delivery of the vehicle to the carrier. In every other instance, the risk of loss remains with the manufacturer until such time as the new motor vehicle dealer or his designee accepts the vehicle from the carrier.

(c) With respect to new or used vehicles sold or otherwise transferred by the manufacturer to a new motor vehicle dealer, the manufacturer shall notify in writing the new motor vehicle dealer of all damage and repairs made to such vehicle which is known to the manufacturer.

(Acts 1981, No. 81-390, p. 596, §9; Acts 1991, No. 91-212, p. 398, §1.)