(Industry Standard Contract)

The purpose of this agreement (“Agreement”) is to establish the terms, conditions and

consideration under which ________________________ (“Contractor”) will provide

Repossession Services to ________________________ (“Client”).

Upon Contractor’s acceptance of this Agreement by signing and returning two (2)

originals, Contractor shall be directed to perform the specific Repossession Services (“Services”)

described herein. Upon request of Client, Contractor shall repossess certain Collateral, as

defined below. Such Collateral shall be maintained in the possession of Contractor in a secured

lot or other locations approved by Client. This Agreement shall apply and remain in effect until

terminated by either Contractor or Client, with or without cause, at any time.

1.0 DEFINITIONS. All defined terms in this Agreement not otherwise defined in this

Section 1.0 shall have the meanings assigned in the part of this Agreement in which they are


1.1 Collateral – shall mean any personal property, including but not limited to a Vessel,

state titled vehicles, manufactured homes, motor vehicles, motor homes, boats, recreational

vehicles, trucks, or livestock which serves as security on a loan or is the property of Client and

the subject matter of a lease agreement, which loan or lease agreement are declared by Client to

be legally in default, thereby entitling Client to possession thereof.

1.2 Customer – shall mean the party obligated to pay under Client’s loan agreement or


1.3 Services – the Services, which this Agreement calls for Contractor to provide or

which Contractor provides, include, without limitation, all professional, management, labor and

general services, together with any materials, supplies, tangible items or other goods Contractor

furnishes in connection with the Services.

1.4 Vessel – Any maritime vehicle, including but not limited to state titled boats of U.S.

Coast Guard Documented Vessels, which security on a loan or is the property of Client.

2.0 RELATIONSHIP OF THE PARTIES. The parties are independent contractors.

Nothing in this Agreement or in the activities contemplated by the parties hereunder shall be

deemed to create an agency, partnership, employment or joint venture relationship between the

parties (or any of their Subcontractors or representatives).


3.1 Contractor shall inform all of its personnel providing Services pursuant to this

Agreement that they will not be considered employees of Client for any purpose, and that Client

shall not be liable to any of them as an employer in any respects.

3.2 The engagement of a Subcontractor by Contractor shall be subject to Client’s prior

consent, which shall not be unreasonably withheld, and shall not relieve Contractor of any of its

obligations under this Agreement.

3.3 Contractor shall not knowingly permit a representative and/or Subcontractor to have

access to the premises, records or data, of Client when such representative and/or Subcontractor:

(a) has been convicted of a crime or has agreed to or entered into a pretrial diversion or similar

program in connection with (i) a dishonest act or a breach of trust, and/or (ii) a felony; or (b) uses

illegal drugs.


4.1 Any personal property found in or on the Collateral shall be removed and stored by

Contractor in a secure location, protected from loss or damage. Contractor shall retain such

personal property for a period of 30 days or such longer period as required by the applicable laws

and regulations of the jurisdiction in which the Collateral was repossessed, and shall dispose of it

only as provided by such laws and regulations.


5.1 Payment, shall be made by Client within thirty (30) days from receipt of invoice.

Client agrees and acknowledges that Contractor has the right and may charge for, among others,

the following: voluntary repossession; involuntary repossession; fee for services on assignment

closed and/or cancelled; storage; keys; pictures; insurance; transportation; skip tracing; personal

property inventory and storage; repairs requested by Client or reasonably required.

5.2 Client reserves the right to request reasonable documentation of expenses incurred

as a result of Services performed under this Agreement prior to payment.

5.3 Client agrees and acknowledges that Contractor may assert a lien, as may be

permitted by state law, on Collateral, for an unpaid invoice.



6.1 Contractor represents and warrants to Client as follows: (a) Contractor is in good

standing in the state of its incorporation and is qualified to do business as a foreign corporation

in each of the other states in which its is providing Services hereunder; and (b) Contractor shall

secure or has secured all permits, licenses, regulatory approvals and registrations required to

render Services set forth herein, including without limitation, registration with the appropriate

taxing authorities for remittance of taxes.

6.2 Contractor warrants that the Services shall be performed in a timely and

professional manner and shall conform to or exceed, in all material respects, the specifications

described herein, as well as the standards generally observed in the industry for similar services.

Contractor shall perform its obligations under this Agreement in a professional manner using

competent personnel having expertise suitable to their assignments.

6.3 Contractor and Client, each acknowledge they are committed to adhering to all

applicable Fair Debt Collection Practices, laws and regulations and demand the same

commitment from all with whom they do business. Contractor and Client hereby warrant and

represent that all employees, officers, contractors or other personnel representing them are

prohibited from implementing, practicing or carrying out any practices or procedures which are,

or have the effect of being, contrary to the letter and spirit of these laws.

6.4 Client agrees to cease all collection activities and not make assignment to any other

person, until Contractor has either repossessed the collateral or the assigned matter is closed.


7.1 Contractor acknowledges that Client is required to comply with the information

security standards required by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (U.S.C. 6801(b)(1) and the

regulations issued thereunder. Contractor shall make reasonable efforts to assist Bank to comply

and to conform with its own policies for information protection.

7.2 Contractor acknowledges that Client has a responsibility to its customers to keep

information about its customers and their accounts (“Customer Information”) strictly

confidential. Contractor shall not disclose or use Customer Information other than to carry out

the purposes for which Client or one of its Affiliates disclosed such Customer Information to

Contractor. Contractor shall not disclose any Customer Information other than on a “need to

know” basis and then only to: (a) Affiliates of Client; (b) its employees or officers; (c) Affiliates

of Contractor provided that such Affiliates shall be restricted in use and redisclosure of the

Customer Information to the same extent as Contractor; (d) to carefully selected Subcontractors

provided that such Subcontractors shall have entered into a confidentiality agreement no less

restrictive than the terms hereof; (e) to independent contractors, agents, and consultants hired or

engaged by Contractor, provided that all such persons of this Section; or (f) pursuant to the

exceptions set forth in 15 USC 6802(e) and accompanying regulations which disclosures are

made in the ordinary course of business. The restrictions set forth herein shall apply during the

Term and after the termination of this Agreement.


8.1 Contractor shall fully protect, indemnify and hold harmless and defend Client and

each of Client’s affiliates, subsidiaries and parents, their respective directors, officers,

employees, agents, insurers, attorneys, successors and assigns, for any and all loss, demands,

penalties, interest, actions or causes of action whatsoever, including costs, expenses and

reasonable attorneys fees, in any manner arising out of, related to or in connection with, the

performance of services by Contractor or any subcontractor, assignee or agent of Contractor

resulting from: any breach of this Agreement; the violation of any federal, state or local law,

rule, regulation, or ordinance; or any intentional or negligent act or omission or willful

misconduct of Contractor or its subcontractors or their officers, agents or employees.

8.2 Client shall fully protect, indemnify and hold harmless and defend Contractor and

each of Contractor’s affiliates, subsidiaries and parents, their respective directors, officers,

employees, agents, insurers, attorneys, successors, assigns and Contractor’s approved

subcontractors, for any and all loss, demands, penalties, interest, actions or causes of action

whatsoever, including costs, expenses and reasonable attorneys fees, in any manner arising out

of, related to or in connection with, or resulting from: any breach of this Agreement; the

violation of any federal, state or local law, rule, regulation, or ordinance; or any intentional or

negligent act or omission or willful misconduct of Client or their officers, agents or employees.


9.1 Contractor shall at its own expense secure and maintain, and shall require its

Subcontractors to secure and maintain, throughout the term of his Agreement, the following

insurance with companies rated A or better by A.M. Best and shall furnish to Client certificates

evidencing such insurance prior to commencing services hereunder, to wit: (a) repossession and

storage liability insurance in a minimum amount of $1,000,000; (b) tow truck liability insurance

in a minimum amount of $1,000,000 and, (c) worker’s compensation insurance providing

statutory limits. The insurance coverages and limits required to be maintained hereunder, shall

be primary to insurance coverage, if any, maintained by the Client.

9.2 Contractor shall maintain Fidelity Bond coverage for the dishonest acts of its

employees in a minimum amount of $1,000,000. Client shall be named as “Loss Payee, As Their

Interest May Appear” on this Fidelity Bond.


10.1 All material notices or other communications or notices required under this

Agreement shall be given to the parties in writing to the applicable addresses set forth below, or

to such other addresses as the Parties may substitute by written notice given in the manner

prescribed in this Section as follows: (a) by first class, registered or certified United States mail,

return receipt requested and postage prepaid; (b) overnight express courier; or (c) by hand

delivery to such addresses. Such notices shall be deemed to have been duly given either three

calendar days after the date of mailing as described above or one business day after being

received during business hours by an express courier:

If to Client to:





If to Contractor to:





With a copy to:





11.0 RECEIPT. Such notices shall be deemed to have been duly given either three (3)

calendar days after the date of mailing as described above, or one (1) calendar day after being

given to an express courier or when sent by facsimile and receipt confirmed.

12.0 NON-ASSIGNMENT. Neither party may assign this Agreement or any of the rights

hereunder or delegate any of its obligations hereunder, without the prior written consent of the

other party, and any such attempted assignment shall be void. Notwithstanding the foregoing

however, Client or any permitted assignee may assign any of its rights and obligations under this

Agreement to any Affiliate of Client, the surviving corporation with or into which Client or such

assignee may merge or consolidate or an entity to which Client or such assignee transfers all, or

substantially all, of its business and assets.


13.1 Section headings are included for convenience or reference only and are not

intended to define or limit the scope of any provision of this Agreement and should not be used

to construe or interpret this Agreement.

13.2 No delay, failure or waiver of either party’s exercise or partial exercise of any

right or remedy under this Agreement shall operate to limit, impair, preclude, cancel, waive or

otherwise affect such right or remedy. Any waiver by either party of any provision of this

Agreement shall not imply a subsequent waiver of that or any other provision of this Agreement.

13.3 If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the

validity, legality or enforceability of the remaining provisions shall in no way be affected or

impaired thereby.

13.4 No amendments of any provision of this Agreement shall be valid unless made by

an instrument in writing signed by both Parties specifically referencing this Agreement.

13.5 This Agreement may be executed by the Parties in one or more counterparts, and

each of which when so executed shall be an original but all such counterparts shall constitute one

and the same instrument.

13.6 Notwithstanding the general rules of construction, both Client and Contractor

acknowledge that both parties were given an equal opportunity to negotiate the terms and

conditions contained in this Agreement, and agree that the identity of the drafter of this

Agreement is not relevant to any interpretation of the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

13.7 Wherever this Agreement requires either party’s approval, consent or satisfaction,

the response shall not be unreasonably or arbitrarily withheld or delayed.

13.8 This Agreement shall be binding upon, and inure to the benefit of, the parties and

their respective successors and assigns. Except as specifically set forth in this Agreement, the

parties do not intend the benefits of this Agreement to inure to any third party, and nothing

contained herein shall be construed as creating any right, claim or cause of action in favor of any

such third party, against either of the parties hereto.

13.9 Any disputes between the parties shall be determined by a court of competent

jurisdiction and shall be interpreted under the laws of the state of the party who initiates the

lawsuit. Under no circumstances shall anything in this Agreement be interpreted as an

agreement to arbitrate any dispute, although the parties agree and acknowledge that the use of

non-binding mediation may be of benefit in resolving any dispute hereunder.

14.0 ENTIRE AGREEMENT. This Agreement, the Schedules and the documents

incorporated herein, is the final, full and exclusive expression of the agreement of the Parties and

supersedes all prior agreements, understandings, writings, proposals, representations and

communications, oral or written, of either party with respect to the subject matter hereof and the

transactions contemplated hereby. Other than those remedies specifically disclaimed in this

Agreement, all remedies set forth in this Agreement shall be in addition to all other remedies

available under this Agreement or at law or in equity.



By: ___________________________________

Printed Name:___________________________

Title: __________________________________

Date: __________________________________


By: ____________________________________

Printed Name:____________________________

Title: ___________________________________

Date: ___________________________________

© 2002 by Coalition for Repossession Industry Standards, Austin, Texas