Congress Set to Cut Back on Dealership Paperwork


NADA Front Page - February 15, 2013

In a rare act of bipartisanship, legislation was introduced in Congress that would eliminate requiring dealers to certify a new vehicle emissions system.

The act of cooperation, in itself, is worth noting among dealers!

Legislation, H.R. 724, was introduced late yesterday in the U.S. House of Representatives that would eliminate a mandate that requires dealers to certify if a new vehicle has an emissions system.

Under the Clean Air Act, dealers are required to present written confirmation to the buyer that a visual inspection has been completed of a new-vehicle’s emissions system. The bill, introduced by Reps. Bob Latta, R-Ohio, and Gary Peters, D-Mich., eliminates this obsolete and unnecessary requirement.

[NADA Chairman David] Westcott said that documentation of the vehicle’s Clean Air Act compliance can already be found under the hood, on the Internet, in the owner’s manual and in warranty supplements, making additional paperwork to the customer pointless. Additionally, automakers contractually require new-car dealers to perform comprehensive pre-delivery inspections of the vehicle to ensure the emissions system is functioning properly.