Skip to content

Warranty Parts & Labor Reimbursement

Warranty Reimbursement at Retail Rates

The process of Warranty Reimbursement is time-consuming and complicated. Many dealers lose money in several ways by doing this ‘in-house’. The amount of money at issue is far too substantial not to hire an attorney with extensive experience in these matters.

Our law firm knows how to identify the highest yielding qualifying sequential repair orders out of the thousands within a multi-month period. Even the best service or parts managers can rarely do this, nor should they spend a month of their time away from their regular duties.

Our low flat fee is generally recouped within the first month of receiving reimbursement at retail. Your manufacturer does not need to know you have retained us.

There has been no reported factory retaliation or increased audits from our clients. Ask us for references. There are no excuses for not obtaining this revenue.

The Pioneers in Warranty Reimbursement

Most states have statutes requiring Fair & Reasonable Warranty Reimbursement; over the next several years, we predict the remaining states will follow suit.

The factory should not be in control of your warranty markup- you should be. The legal services that Bellavia Blatt, P.C. provide are integral to the process. Although these retail reimbursement statutes are being enacted nationwide – dealers must affirmatively prepare a comprehensive submission in order to realize the benefit – dealers who ignore or waive these rights are leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars on the table.

 

A Service Manager is no Substitute for legal expertise.

The process of Warranty Reimbursement is time-consuming and complicated. Many dealers lose money in several ways by attempting to do this in-house with the help of a service manager.

However, the amount of money at issue is far too substantial not to hire an attorney with extensive experience in these important matters. Over a five-year period, the increased revenue often exceeds the blue-sky value of a dealership. Bellavia Blatt, P.C. knows how to identify the highest yielding qualifying sequential repair orders out of the thousands within a multi-month period. Your manufacturer does not need to know you have retained us.

Even the best service or parts managers can rarely do this effectively, nor should they spend valuable time away from their regular duties. We will show you how to spend less money by retaining us than doing the work in-house. In addition to saving money, we will likely achieve a higher percentage markup and we will be there to make the legal arguments to rebut the manufacturer’s lawyers – attempts to frustrate or discourage the submission.

In working with hundreds of dealers, our firm knows how to make sure that our clients receive what they are entitled to, without impacting their bottom line.

 

There is a difference between retaining Bellavia Blatt, P.C. versus an accountant or non-attorney “consultant.”

The procedure for obtaining retail rates for Warranty Reimbursement constitutes the practice of law. Neither your service manager, nor your accountant, nor an outside consultant is authorized to practice law. While certainly mathematical calculations can be performed by non-attorneys, the fact is that most manufacturers have their legal department reject the initial submission by raising nuanced legal arguments directed at the language and intent of your state statute. The submission, therefore, is one part accounting and two parts law.

Most manufacturers recognize or firm’s unparalleled experience when it comes to Warranty Reimbursement. We are a firm with knowledge and legal expertise that a non-attorney cannot offer.

 

Bellavia Blatt, P.C. is recognized as one of the foremost in the nation for advocating the rights of franchised dealers and is widely regarded as a pioneer in the area of establishing the rights of dealters to receive Warranty Reimbursement at retail rates.

In the 1990s, dealers were essentially powerless to force manufacturers to pay more than the national reimbursement rate of cost plus 40%.

The law recently changed to streamline the process for dealers to obtain reimbursement at retail rates for warranty parts. Each and every dealer should have already invoked this new provision in the law to obtain their retail markup instead of the customary rate of the cost plus 40%.

Our firm is widely regarded as a pioneer in warranty parts reimbursement. We successfully litigated against the largest manufacturers and, after recovering seven (7) figure retroactive warranty payments for our clients, the manufacturers responded by negotiating legislation in several states- which allowed for prospective payments at retail.

Bellavia Blatt, P.C. was a true groundbaker in commencing mass action lawsuits on behalf of over one hundred dealers- winning historic settlements in many cases.

Since that time, we’ve been recognized as a preeminent firm for assisting dealers in obtaining substantial revenue increases with respect to Warranty Reimbursement.

 

Maximizing Warranty Parts & Labor Reimbursement Can Make All The Difference

The difference in receiving what the manufacturer thinks you are entitled to and the optimum markup you may receive can make a significant difference to your dealership’s financial viability and continued growth.

We have come a long way since the customary factory rate was “cost plus 40%” – the industry standard – and our firm helped pave the way to additional profit for dealers of all sizes.


Bellavia Blatt, P.C. understands dealers’ concern about retaliation on the part of manufacturers.

But we can assuage those concerns by confirming that, in all the years we have been working on behalf of automotive dealers and dealer associations, we have not experienced one instance of retaliation or increased audits of our clients.

The manufacturers understand that a dealer represented by experienced counsel like Bellavia Blatt is armed and prepared to invoke the law, if any form of retaliation is attempted.

Manufacturer “retaliation”, therefore, is not a serious concern for dealers that have us in their corner.


Our fee for Warranty Reimbursement is fixed, fair, affordable & quickly recouped.

Our law firm’s flat fee is fair & competitive because of the volume of work we perform nationally for dealer associations and hundreds of dealers.

The low fee is generally recouped within the first month of receiving reimbursement at retail. We do not become your “partner” by charging you a contingency or percentage-based fee.

We know of no other firm that performs as many submissions across the country as we do. We are truly industry experts and your factory knows that. There is simply too much money at stake to entrust this important legal service to anyone else.

Because of the volume of the work we perform, our team can keep the fee at an eminently fair fixed amount for our clients.

Contact Us
For more information about us, or to set up an initial consultation, at no cost or obligation, call (516) 873-3000 or complete our contact form.

One of our attorneys will contact you promptly.
1 Step 1
keyboard_arrow_leftPrevious
Nextkeyboard_arrow_right
FormCraft - WordPress form builder

Free Dealership Resources

Ken Lohr, Director, Retail Warranty Reimbursement

Prior to joining Bellavia Blatt, Ken served as Director of Consulting at FrogData and as Corporate Fixed Operations Director at Galpin Motors.

Ken brings  over four decades of experience and a proven track record of success in the Retail Automotive Dealership area, which will be invaluable in serving our clients.

What Are Your Fellow Dealers Saying About Bellavia Blatt's Warranty Reimbursement Program?