Illinois Enacts Auto Ancillary Products Bill

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On August 9, Illinois enacted HB 1460, which expands the definition of “service contract” in the state’s Insurance Code to include ancillary auto service contracts – e.g. contracts related to the repair or replacement of tires, repair of certain damage to motor vehicles, or that provide for protective systems applied to a vehicle. By expanding the definition, the new law requires any provider of such ancillary products operating in Illinois to register with the Illinois Department of Insurance, pay an annual registration fee, and to designate an individual for service of process. Ancillary auto product providers also will be subject to, among other things, financial requirements, disclosure rules, and record keeping requirements, and will be subject to examination and enforcement by the Illinois Department of Insurance. The changes take effect on January 1, 2014.