Used Car Dealers: Opportunity Knocks!

At Issue:

Cur­rent­ly, sev­en­ty-five per­cent of car buy­ers in the mar­ket choose to pur­chase used vehi­cles. Because it is hard to find, very few have any idea of the fuel econ­o­my of the vehi­cles they are con­sid­er­ing.

“Con­sumers who are in the dark about a vehicle’s fuel econ­o­my are buy­ing blind. They don’t know how much they’ll have to spend on gas until they’ve already made a sig­nif­i­cant pur­chase and a poten­tial­ly cost­ly mis­take,” says Jack Gillis, Direc­tor of Pub­lic Affairs for the Con­sumer Fed­er­a­tion of Amer­i­ca.

What Your Used-Car Deal­er­ship Should Know:

  • Car deal­ers across the U.S. are being giv­en the oppor­tu­ni­ty to offer 40 mil­lion used car buy­ers crit­i­cal, easy to under­stand fuel effi­cien­cy infor­ma­tion about the cars for sale on their lots.
  • Deal­ers will now be pro­vid­ed with a total­ly free online tool from the U.S. Depart­ment of Ener­gy (DOE) and the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) allow­ing them to eas­i­ly cre­ate con­sumer-friend­ly labels.
  • These labels will list the gas mileage and the CO2 emis­sions lev­els of used vehi­cles sold in the Unit­ed States since 1984.

Sig­nif­i­cant High­lights for Used-Car Deal­er­ships to Act On:

  • The new label­ing tool is cur­rent­ly being offered to deal­ers as an option­al resource, but that could change if deal­ers fail to adopt this easy-to-use con­sumer infor­ma­tion pro­gram.
  • As a pow­er­ful tool for car buy­ers, the new labels will also moti­vate car­mak­ers to move quick­ly to meet recent fed­er­al stan­dards to increase the aver­age fuel econ­o­my of new vehi­cles sold in the U.S.
  • Why? Deal­ers know that con­sumers these days are scram­bling to buy high­er mileage cars and they want the used mod­els of their vehi­cles to main­tain their val­ue.
  • If deal­ers jump on the chance to inform buy­ers, Amer­i­can fam­i­lies will reward them with their dol­lars for the most fuel effi­cient used cars.
  • Pro­vid­ing gas mileage infor­ma­tion to con­sumers will be a giant step for­ward in pro­tect­ing Amer­i­can pock­et­books, address­ing the nation’s depen­dence on oil, and reduc­ing pol­lu­tion.

What Your Deal­er­ship Will Do for Each Used Car on Your Lot:

Go to the EPA gov­ern­ment web­site by click­ing here, and fill out the required infor­ma­tion for each vehi­cle, and you will be able to print a fuel econ­o­my graph­ic and a paper label to be used in the trans­ac­tion.

The Con­sumer Fed­er­a­tion of Amer­i­ca is an asso­ci­a­tion of more than 250 non-prof­it con­sumer groups that, since 1968, has sought to advance the con­sumer inter­est through research, edu­ca­tion, and advo­ca­cy. Get more infor­ma­tion on the new labels tool here.


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