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Effective Date: Combating Auto Retail Scams Trade Regulation Rule

AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission.

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) is issuing this Combating Auto Retail Scams Trade Regulation Rule (“CARS Rule,” “Rule,” or “Final Rule”) and Statement of Basis and Purpose (“SBP”) related to the sale, financing, and leasing of covered motor vehicles by covered motor vehicle dealers. The Final Rule, among other things, (i) prohibits motor vehicle dealers from making certain misrepresentations in the course of selling, leasing, or arranging financing for motor vehicles, (ii) requires accurate pricing disclosures in dealers’ advertising and sales communications, (iii) requires dealers to obtain consumers’ express, informed consent for charges, (iv) prohibits the sale of any add-on product or service that confers no benefit to the consumer, and (v) requires dealers to keep records of certain advertisements and customer transactions.

DATES: This rule is effective July 30, 2024.

  • July 30, 2024
  • Time: All Day