Wednesday, 28 August 2013 18:10

California Bill Would Add Requirements on Sale of Certified Used Vehicles

A bill currently in front of the California Assembly would modify how a certified pre-owned vehicle can be sold. The bill would include manufacturer’s safety recalls on the list of prohibited conditions for certified vehicles.

The measure, AB 964, would also add a required pre-sale disclosure for all used vehicles (including non-certified units) regarding manufacturer’s recalls and the other safety and warranty issues. The bill’s author, Assemblyman Rob Bonta who represents Oakland, said these disclosures parallel the safety and warranty conditions applicable to certified used vehicles.

California law already states used vehicles may be advertised and sold only if certain criteria apply regarding the condition of the vehicle. Examples of those criteria include that the odometer has not been altered or replaced to show fewer miles and that the vehicle has not been salvaged or have other specified safety problems.

Opponents including the California New Car Dealers Association and the Independent Automobile Dealers Association of California, contend that the bill is unnecessary, burdensome and difficult “if not impossible” for dealers to remain compliant.

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