Dealerships shouldn't count on the Federal Trade Commission's proposed auto retail regulations to be "fixed" or "not take effect," an industry attorney told retailers Thursday.
"You need to become familiar with the rule," Hudson Cook partner Jean Noonan said during the Automotive News Retail Forum: NADA.
Noonan said retailers should "probably now" start taking steps to prepare for the FTC to act, she said.
The FTC unveiled draft dealership regulations in June. The proposal would require retailers to disclose an "offering price" on advertised vehicles — an out-the-door amount before government fees or taxes the retailer would honor for any consumer.
Dealerships would also have to give customers a written form that displays the vehicle price without all optional products. If the customer finances the vehicle, the financing charge over the life of the loan would be on the form. If the customer wishes to buy optional finance and insurance products or physical accessories, they and a dealership manager must sign a form confirming the customer declined the out-the-door price.