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Washington, DC - The Federal Trade Commission is seeking supplemental public comments on proposed changes to the agency’s Used Car Rule and the Used Car Buyers Guide that the Rule requires dealers to display. The Commission is not adopting any final amendments to the Rule at this time.

The Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule, in effect since 1985, requires car dealers to display a window sticker, called a Buyers Guide, on used cars they offer for sale. The Buyers Guide discloses whether the dealer is offering to sell a used car “as is” (without a warranty), or with a warranty. If the sale is with a warranty, the Buyers Guide discloses the warranty’s terms and conditions, including the duration of coverage, the percentage of total repair costs the dealer will pay, and the vehicle systems that the warranty covers. In states that do not permit “as is” used car sales, dealers must use an alternative Buyers Guide that discloses whether the sale is with a warranty or with implied warranties only.

In December 2012, the FTC sought public comments on proposed changes to the Buyers Guide as part of its systematic review of all of the agency’s rules and guides.  In response to the comments the Commission received, the agency now seeks comments on additional proposed changes to the Used Car Rule, including:

The proposed changes announced today incorporate certain previously proposed amendments, including: 

The Commission also invites comments on alternative approaches that public commenters proposed for the vehicle history disclosure and the “As Is” statement. 

For more information about the Used Car Rule, read Buying a Used Car.  For used car dealers, the FTC offers A Dealer’s Guide to the Used Car Rule.  “Fillable” versions of the Buyers Guide in English and Spanish are available at

The Commission vote to publish the Proposed Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register was 5-0.  To comment by mail, write “Used Car Rule Regulatory Review, 16 CFR Part 455, Project No. P087604” on comments and send them to Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room H-113 (Annex A), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20580, or file them online per instructions at Comments must be received on or before January 30, 2015. All comments received will be posted at