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The Federal Trade Commission has charged that Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. deceived consumers with the advertising campaign it used to promote its supposedly “clean diesel” VWs and Audis, which Volkswagen fitted with illegal emission defeat devices designed to mask high emissions during...
Volkswagen Group of America spent multi-millions positioning its “clean diesel” technology as an environmentally conscious choice for car buyers – and sales of more than 550,000 so-called clean diesel vehicles suggest it was a persuasive pitch. But as a just-filed FTC lawsuit alleges...
Usually a Top 10 list is something industries are delighted to find themselves on. So we’ll call this one a Flop 10 list, the FTC’s annual report about consumer complaints added in 2015 to the Consumer Sentinel database. How did your industry – and your state – rank in reported...
Make, model, and cup holders are considerations, of course, but what really matters to a prospective used car buyer is whether the vehicle’s systems check out. It just makes sense, since so many of those systems are tied to safety. But it’s not easy for consumers to tell if they’re...
Videos from the live webcast of our Jan. 19th event are now available.
La Comisión Federal de Comercio ofrece Manuel esquiva un lío al comprar un carro, su más reciente fotonovela en español, que les dice a los lectores cómo evitar un problema con la compra de un carro.
The FTC is offering Manuel esquiva un lío al comprar un carro, its newest Spanish-language fotonovela that tells readers how to avoid car-buying trouble. The fotonovela tells a story of what happens when a family buys a minivan with dealer financing, only to be told later by the dealer that the...
Today’s the day we open the hood to explore competition issues around state regulation of motor vehicle distribution.  If you can’t attend our day-long workshop, watch the live webcast using the LIVE WEBCAST link on the Auto Distribution workshop page.
The Federal Trade Commission has announced the full agenda for its upcoming workshop, “Automobile Distribution: Current Issues and Future Trends.” The all-day event, which will take place on January 19 in Washington, D.C., will explore critical issues in the regulation of auto distribution, with...
Cars are one of the biggest purchases a consumer will ever make. Researching models and options is only part of the process. Prospective buyers also have to consider price negotiations, trade-in, and financing. Since 2011, the FTC has brought more than 25 cases challenging illegal...
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on a proposed qualitative survey of consumers to learn about their experiences in buying and financing automobiles at dealerships. The comments will be considered before the FTC seeks clearance for the survey from the Office of Management and...
For many of us, the holiday season involves at least one loooong automobile ride. We travel over the river and through the woods in our beloved cars, our trunks stuffed with presents for family and friends. Today, the way we buy those presents and the way we buy the car that carries...
The Federal Trade Commission will host a one-day workshop on January 19, 2016, to explore competition and related issues in the U.S. auto distribution system, including how consumers and businesses may be affected by state regulations and emerging trends in the industry. The event will take place...

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