New York City proposes new disclosure requirements for used car dealers
The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has proposed new rules for used car dealers that would require dealers to provide the following disclosures to buyers:
- A financing disclosure that includes the “sale terms,” “financing terms,” and pricing information for add-on products and services. The financing terms include three APRs: “the Annual Percentage Rate (APR)” (presumably, the contract APR), the “lowest APR offered to buyer by any finance company for loan with same term and down payment,” and the “APR offered to buyer by selected finance company”
- A disclosure of the buyer’s right to cancel
The proposal would also require dealers to conspicuously post a “Used Car Consumer Bill of Rights” in any office or area of the dealer’s location where consumers negotiate and execute sales contracts and maintain an “automobile contract cancellation option report” that must be made available to the DCA upon request.
The American Financial Services Association sent a letter to the DCA commenting on the proposal in which AFSA stated that it believes the proposed disclosures “would confuse consumers and provide little additional consumer benefit.” AFSA specifically took aim at the proposal’s requirement for three APRs to be disclosed. AFSA observed that “in many cases, these rates will be different, forcing a consumer to interpret and understand as many as three different rates for the same transaction and may leave a consumer with the impression that the contract APR is lower than it actually is.”