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.