Structures | Dealer Owned Warranty Company

Reinsure the products you own

Through reinsurance, participants are permitted to share in the underwriting profits and investment income generated by the sale of F&I products. With DOWC®, you are in control of your reinsurance company and may be able to access earned and unearned premium. Where permitted, no custodial trust is required.

Some advantages of reinsuring with DOWC® include:

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Complete control by the dealer/shareholders

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Dealer may be able to access earned and unearned premium

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Custodial trust may not be necessary

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Dealer may self-direct investment strategy

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Dealer may borrow premium in lieu of profit distributions

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Dealers may choose the domicile of his or her preference

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Virtually no initial capital requirement necessary

(Dealers first month of contract sales will capitalize their company)

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Programs qualify for preferential tax treatment

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Shareholders are not taxed until distributions are declared

And protect your assets by controlling losses

MINIMIZE THE TRUE LOSS COST

We understand that key loss drivers include the labor rate paid and cost of parts. DOWC® customizable products ensure the mitigation of these losses by permitting the use of a stated labor rate and referencing parts pricing.

DON’T HELP YOUR COMPETITION

DOWC® contracts utilize a tie-back provision to drive losses back to the dealership as profits. We also focus on bringing transient claims (those outside of the tie-back area) back to the dealership when possible.

DEFINE YOUR RISK

Contract customization, surcharges, and stop-losses are all tools that allow you to offer customers value-added coverage while being comfortable with and in control of risk. In addition, claims overrides allow for case-by-case claims decisions.

Fact versus Fiction: The Truth about Reinsurance

Myth #1

Reinsurance companies are not generally accepted by the IRS.

Myth #2

Larger dealers must elect a non-controlled foreign corporation for their reinsurance company formation.

Myth #3

Reinsurance companies are expensive to form and require extensive capital contributions.

FACT

The IRS has specific sections of the tax code for the purpose of regulating Reinsurance Companies. (See IRC Section 831b)

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The IRS recently increased the annual net written premium limit from 1.2 million to 2.2 million, allowing certain large dealerships to make the 831(b) election.

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With DOWC®, most reinsurance company formations are capitalized through their initial contract sales and formation/accounting expenses are typically around $3,500 per year.

For more information on reinsuring with DOWC®, contact us today!