Submission Number: 563688-00066
Received: 2/11/2013 9:00:29 AM
Commenter: Anthony Diego
Organization: US Navy
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: 16 CFR Part 455 Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule; Project No. P087604
Attachments: No Attachments
In response to the FTC`s The FTC proposal would allow car dealers to:
* Hide whether a manufacturer’s warranty is in effect on the back of the Used Car Buying Guide form, typically posted inside a car’s window and hidden from shoppers.
"As Is" sales
The FTC proposes changes to the definition of “As Is” (no warranty) car sales that could risk state consumer protections that currently entitle "As Is" buyers to coverage of repair costs--and even a full refund. The proposed language says:
“The dealer is not responsible for any repairs, regardless what anyone else may tell you."
New language could make it harder for consumers to hold car dealers responsible in cases of fraud. "As Is" language should not be altered.
The FTC's proposal also:
* Fails to require dealers to inspect vehicles prior to sale.
* Fails to require dealers to disclose known vehicle defects.
* Fails to require dealers to check the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) or disclose results from any vehicle history reports.
As a supervisor of 200 junior sailors and a father I feel this sets Sailors and civilians alike up for failure. These car dealerships already "prey" on the uneducated and now the FTC plans on taking the only tool we have to help protect us against "lemon" car sales. Personally I feel this is completely unethical and immoral and quite frankly if I were part of the FTC I would be embarrassed. Please take the time and re-think your proposal and choose the side that would better help the people in this country. Many of us already feel financial strife, now add the fact that we may now purchase a vehicle that could be unsafe to drive and cost more than it is worth could potetially ruin the well being of a family unit.