The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Used Car Rule and the Federal Odometer Act (FOA) require companies to disclose certain information to customers in connection with the sale of new and used vehicles.
All companies that offer to sell more than 5 used vehicles in a 12 month period are subject to the Used Car Rule. Note that simply displaying or allowing customers to inspect a vehicle constitutes an offer to sell.
“Used” means that the vehicle has been driven more than is necessary to move it or road test it prior to delivery to the customer. This rule does not apply to cars sold for scrap, large trucks (at least 8,500 pounds, with a curb weight of at least 6,000 pounds, and a frontal area of at least 46 square feet), ATVs, and motorcycles.
In June 2016, the FTC announced it would increase the maximum penalties per violation from $16,000 to $40,000. This increase went into effect on August 1st. To help you stay in compliance and avoid fines, we’ve put together this list of disclosures and best practices.
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