§437-18  Bond of broker.  (a)  Each broker receiving a license shall give to the motor vehicle industry licensing board and keep in force a bond or bonds in the penal sum totaling not less than $200,000.

     (b)  More than one bond may be furnished by the same applicant, provided they aggregate the full amount prescribed by this section.

     (c)  If the applicant maintains an established place of business in a county which is used, or will be used, for the purpose of selling, displaying, or offering to negotiate for the purchase of motor vehicles, the market value of which, over and above all liens, charges, and encumbrances thereon, is equal to or greater than ninety per cent of the amount of bond required by this section, and the financial condition of the applicant is such that, in the judgment of the board, the excess over ten per cent of the bond may be waived without unduly jeopardizing the rights and interests of present and prospective claimants against the applicant, then the amount of the bond may be reduced at the discretion of the board.

     (d)  The bond shall be subject to the following conditions:

     (1)  That the broker will faithfully and truly comply with all the valid provisions of this chapter as the same now are or may hereafter be amended, and with any rule adopted by the board pursuant to this chapter;

     (2)  That the broker will not be guilty of fraud, misrepresentation, or other improper business conduct in connection with the selling, purchasing, negotiating for purchase, or otherwise dealing with motor vehicles or any other property related thereto, and will satisfy all judgments rendered against the broker based in whole or in part upon representations or warranties made in connection with any retail sale or negotiation for the purchase of a motor vehicle; and

     (3)  That the broker will protect the treasurer of the county and any purchaser of any vehicle or any person acquiring any lien thereon or successor in interest of any such person against any loss on account of any defect in or undisclosed encumbrance upon the title of any motor vehicle, registered by the treasurer in reliance upon any certificate, affidavit, or other representation of the dealer, or registration or transfer of registration procured by the broker.

     (e)  Suit on bond.  The director of commerce and consumer affairs, or any person who has been or claims to have been injured by the breach of the conditions, shall have the right of action to recover on any such bond, plus a reasonable attorney's fee incurred to secure the recovery under the bond; provided that the aggregate liability of the surety or sureties to all such persons shall in no event exceed the amount of the bond; and provided further that any award of attorney's fees shall be approved by the court and no other attorney's fees shall be permitted from the bond proceeds.  Nothing in this section or chapter shall be deemed to prohibit or prevent an independent action against the broker and any other person from being joined or consolidated with an action on the bond, and the recovery of a larger amount than the amount of the bond founded upon any other cause or causes or action so joined or consolidated. [L 1967, c 113, §1(C); HRS §437-18; am L 1969, c 263, §1(22); am L 1985, c 102, §2; am L 1992, c 153, §5; am L Sp 1993, c 8, §§24 and 58]