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The FTC Suggests We Buckle Up

The FTC recently issued a report that summarizes its enforcement actions, roundtable findings, consumer workshops, and in-person interviews with 38 Washington D.C. metro-area consumers focused on deceptive advertising practices, spot-delivery, and voluntary protection products.

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NADA Mounts Opposition to Enhanced Safeguards Rule

National Automobile Dealers Association officials have told the FTC that proposed new provisions to the Safeguards Rule may be unnecessary and could cost smaller dealers more than $400,000 in the first calendar year of enforcement.

FTC: DealerBuilt Hack Affected 130 Dealerships

A 2016 cyberattack laid bare the personally identifiable information of about 12.5 million customers of 130 U.S. dealerships, according to a Federal Trade Commission bulletin announcing a consent agreement with dealer software provider DealerBuilt.

FTC Reminds Businesses of Duties to Victims of Identity Theft

The Fair Credit Reporting Act’s ‘business records turnover provision’ requires that business provide free of charge and without subpoena records relating to the theft within 30 days of a victim’s written request.

The Lawsuit Ticking Behind You

Unguarded customer data is a reliable source of income for identity thieves and a largely underestimated threat to auto dealers.

FTC Approves Final Changes to Used Car Rule

The Federal Trade Commission announced last week final amendments to its Used Car Rule. It noted that its amended rule permits dealers to use their remaining stock of Buyers Guides for one year after the effective date of the amended rule.

Nine-Store Los Angeles Group Charged With Payment Packing, Yo-Yo Financing

The Federal Trade Commission today charged nine Los Angeles-area dealerships and their owners with a wide range of deceptive, and unfair sales and financing practices, including payment packing and using "yo-yo" finanicng tactics.

FTC Seeking Clearance to Study Car-Buying Experience at Dealerships

The Federal Trade Commission issued a second Federal Register Notice (FRN) on a proposed qualitative survey that would examine the experience of buying and financing a car at a dealership.

Texas Dealers Agree to Pay $85,000 for Deceptive Advertising

Three Dallas-area dealerships have agreed to pay $85,000 to settle charges that they violated a 2014 Federal Trade Commission (FTC) administrative order that barred them from deceptively advertising the cost of buying or leasing a car.

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FTC Says Some VW Dealers Are Misleading Diesel Owners About Buyback Deal

The Federal Trade Commission said this week it has received reports that some dealers and private parties are attempting to take advantage of Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal.