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New law eliminates red tape from car sales

June 20, 2014
Auto dealers no longer have to fill out a form certifying that a new vehicle complies with the Clean Air Act prior to the sale. 
House Resolution 724, which President Obama signed into law on June 9, eliminates an obsolete federal mandate.
Since 1981, franchised automobile dealers who sell a new vehicle have been required to provide purchasers with a government form that states the vehicle conforms to the Clean Air Act, even though all new cars and trucks must comply with the Clean Air Act before leaving the factory. 
"All new vehicles delivered to dealerships from the factory are already compliant with federal emissions regulations," said Forrest McConnell, III, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association. "The form was unnecessary, and we’re glad it’s gone."
McConnell, a dealer in Montgomery, Ala., added that the certification information is printed on a sticker under the vehicle’s hood and provided in the owner’s manual and automaker websites, making the additional dealer form redundant. 
Passage of the new law is part of a larger NADA effort to reduce outdated and unnecessary federal regulations on auto retailers. 
In 2013, at the NADA’s urging, Congress eliminated the requirement that dealers to provide their customers with a booklet on the estimated insurance costs for new vehicles. Consumers can find more accurate insurance information online or by telephone.