Seawide Distribution welcomes qualified dealers to apply for an account. Let us show you what we can do for your business.
How to become a dealer
To apply for a Seawide dealership, please fill out the brief form below to start the online application process. This will take you to our online Dealer Application, including the Financial Information and trade references, along with resale documentation (see Sales Tax section of Dealer Information and Terms).
The approval process typically takes 48 hours. However, the required timeframe will depend upon the completeness and accuracy of the information on the application, and also on the promptness of trade reference responses when terms are sought.
All accounts and transactions are subject to our Dealer Information and Terms.
Dealer Information and Terms
Thank you for your interest in opening an account with Seawide Marine Distribution, Inc. (“Seawide”). Please complete and sign the attached Dealer Application, including the Financial Information and trade references, and return it, along with resale documentation (see Sales Tax section below). Please submit the completed Dealer Application to Seawide’s accounting department by mail, fax, or e-mail. Mail applications to the Murrieta address shown above; fax applications to: 951-600-8530 or e-mail applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seawide will process your application as quickly as possible. The timeframe to establish your account will depend primarily upon the completeness and accuracy of the information on the Dealer Application. The establishment of terms will depend on the timing of receipt of responses from trade references. Trade references are required on all applications.
For new Dealers, following approval, who require an order filled before credit terms are established, if at all, Seawide will ship orders to such new Dealers in an amount up to $5,000, at Seawide’s sole discretion, on a COD basis, if paid at delivery by regular check, or in a greater amount if shipped on a COD Certified basis if paid at delivery by Certified Funds; or shipment will be made after prepayment, either by certified funds, wire transfer or by credit card. Please notify the sales person of the method to be used for payment. If using credit card, a signed “Credit Card Authorization Form” must be completed. If no other designation is made, new accounts, within the USA, will be set up with initial terms of COD until other terms are established.
Once the application process is complete, Seawide will provide notification by fax or e-mail. Nothing contained in this process guarantees that you or the applicant company will be approved as a Dealer, or that credit terms will be offered for purchasing product.
Resale documentation is required for all accounts as part of the set up process to establish eligibility to purchase wholesale; however, Seawide is only required to collect sales tax if your business is located in the states of California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, or Washington, or you do business in, and purchase product for resale in these states. Seawide must have a valid Resale Card/Permit/Certificate or Watercraft Exemption, as applicable, on file before product is released or SEAWIDE MUST CHARGE SALES TAX ON ALL ORDERS SHIPPED TO, DELIVERED TO, OR PICKED-UP, IN THE STATES OF CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA, NEW YORK, PENNSYLVANIA, OR WASHINGTON. A completed and signed Resale Card is required for CA; a Resale Certificate copy is required for FL; a completed and signed Resale Certificate is required for NY; a completed and signed Pennsylvania Exemption Certificate form with a copy of resale certification from your state is required for PA; a Resale Permit copy is required for WA. Uniform Sales and Use Tax Certificates - Multi-jurisdictional Sales Tax forms are accepted as applicable. Evidence of freight forwarder must be provided for CA, FL, NY, PA or WA. A written statement from the freight forwarding company on their letterhead stating that they are exporting product on your company’s behalf is sufficient. Accounts awaiting resale documentation, or upon expiration of resale documentation, will be placed on hold until valid resale documentation can be obtained. Dealer/Purchaser is responsible for sales tax on orders processed without valid documentation on file.
All products must be paid for prior to shipment, unless an open account (subject to credit approval) has been established. Payment can be accomplished by having Seawide ship orders on a C.O.D. basis, or pre-payment made by certified funds, or bank transfer, or ACH, or by credit card. Advanced payment by bank transfer is mandatory on all international orders. A “Credit Card Authorization Form” must be completed when using credit card. Payment by credit card will not be accepted on product(s) ordered on net or discounted terms. Third party payments are not accepted.
If an open account is established, and if such account is not paid within established terms, Dealer will be charged interest at a rate of 1.5% per month, or the maximum allowable by law, whichever is less. If an account is not paid pursuant to terms, at Seawide’s sole discretion, credit may be suspended or revoked and/or the Dealer rights terminated.
If collection action is necessary, Dealer agrees to pay all costs of collection, including legal fees and court costs.
All returned checks will be subject to a $25.00 processing fee and any returned check may result in cancellation of credit terms, and/or Dealer rights.
Seawide, subject to certain conditions, has a 30-day return policy. Restock fees are assessed at Seawide’s sole discretion. Special orders and closeout items are not eligible for cancellation or return for credit. Seawide is not responsible for freight on any return.
Prior authorization is required on all returns. To obtain a Return Material Authorization (RMA) number, e-mail RMA@seawide.com or call 866-732-9433 ext. 5507. Specific information is required for an RMA, details are available on our full Return Policy: www.seawide.com/images/Returns.pdf.
All items being returned must be in new, complete, and sellable condition, and must be in its original packaging unmarked. A copy of Seawide’s original invoice must be included with any return. Seawide reserves the right to return items freight collect that were returned for credit or replacement and are not in new condition and packaged in the original factory packaging.
RMAs expire 30 days from the date issued. Please insure all returns arrive in our warehouse within 30 days of receiving the RMA.
Seawide does not provide any warranty as to any product sold. Products may include a manufacturer’s warranty, which is the only warranty provided. Any items returned to Seawide, pursuant to any manufacturer’s warranty, may be replaced, repaired, or credited at Seawide’s sole discretion. Items that are returned under a warranty, and are found to perform to manufacturer’s specifications, will be rebilled and returned to Dealer and subject to a service charge and return freight. Seawide is not responsible for freight on any warranty items. Replacements are handled as a new purchase. Replacement units are billed according to Dealer’s regular account terms. See our full policy at www.seawide.com/images/Returns.pdf.
SHIPPING AND HANDLING
All costs of shipping, including freight, handling and insurance, are the Dealer’s responsibility. Such charges will be based upon common carrier rates. All packages shipped UPS, will be shipped without insurance, unless specified at the time of purchase, or noted on the P.O. Any product shipped without insurance will be at Dealer’s risk of loss. Seawide Marine uses FedEx, UPS, USPS, and assorted trucking companies. It is Dealer’s responsibility to refuse to accept any item that arrives damaged. Seawide, at its sole discretion, will determine whether Seawide or Dealer is responsible for filing a claim with the appropriate carrier for any lost or damaged items.
Seawide will drop-ship items to any address via United States Postal Service (USPS), Federal Express (FedEx), United Parcel Service (UPS), or other common carrier. Drop-shipments will only be made on a pre-payment basis, paid prior to shipping, unless Dealer has open terms and Dealer’s account is in good standing. No drop shipments will be made on COD terms. In the event that Seawide should provide any drop-shipping services, Seawide will add applicable sales or use tax, unless Dealer provides proof that such shipment is exempt pursuant to the Section “Sales and Use Tax,” above. Dealer/Purchaser shall indemnify and hold Seawide harmless if it is later determined that such shipment was exempt from sales or use tax or otherwise subject to tax, including due to an invalid exemption certificate. Dealer/Purchaser understands and agrees that they are responsible for collection, payment, and reporting of Sales and Use tax in those states in which the Dealer/Purchaser has met, for tax purposes, the state’s statutory doing business and/or sales threshold.
Some of Seawide’s Manufacturers have a Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) for some products. Dealers must adhere to any stated MAP pricing, which means that a Dealer may not advertise any MAP item for less than the MAP price. This policy applies to all forms of advertising, including: mailings, catalogs, displays at Dealer exhibitions and shows, and any and all other use of any advertising media, including, but not limited to, the Internet or any other electronic network. Failure to follow the Manufacturer’s MAP policy may result in termination of dealership rights.
Some of Seawide’s Manufacturers have a Minimum Retail Price (MRP) for some products. Dealers must adhere to any stated MRP pricing, which means that a Dealer may not sell any MRP item for less than the MRP price. Failure to adhere to a Manufacturer’s MRP policy may result in termination of dealership rights.
Thank you for choosing Seawide Marine Distribution to fill your marine electronic needs.
Click here to download a PDF of the Seawide Dealer Terms and Information and Dealer Application