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Ohio law provides that a group of licensed "new" motor vehicle dealers may display new motor vehicles at a motor vehicle show whenever certain conditions are met.
The primary purpose of the motor vehicle show is the exhibition of competitive makes and models of new motor vehicles, at a place other than their licensed location, to provide the general public the opportunity to review and inspect various makes and models of motor vehicles at a single location (Section 4517.22 of the Ohio Revised Code).
Fill out a Motor Vehicle Show Request (forms BMV 4445 & 4446). This provides us with the name of the sponsor, a contact person with phone number, the date and location of the motor vehicle show, the market area of dealers being contacted to participate, and a listing of dealers who have agreed to participate including their dealer permit numbers.
There must be at least 2 participating dealers, displaying competitive makes and models to hold a show.
The sponsor designates the market area; whether as vast as the entire state or just a 10 mile radius of the proposed show site. However, all new motor vehicle dealers within the sponsor defined market area must be invited to participate in the event.
A sample copy of a letter of invitation to the dealers must be submitted along with the application
The application is to be received and permission granted, not less than 30 days prior to the planned opening date.
No contracts shall be signed, deposits taken, or sales consummated at the location of a motor vehicle show. See items (H) and (I) of section 4517.22 of the Ohio Revised Code for exception.
Step-By-Step Guide for Hosting an Auto Show
Manufacturer Display Guideline
Motor Vehicle Show Request - BMV 4445 (PDF) (Word)
Participating Dealer List - BMV 4446 (PDF) (Word)
The Law - Ohio Revised Code Section 4517.22
County Fair/New Motor Vehicle Show
Classic Motor Vehicle Information
Sales Event Information