SCS CSHB 272(TRA): "An Act relating to the advertising of motor vehicles, including trailers, for sale by motor vehicle dealers; relating to the financing of motor vehicle purchases; relating to motor vehicle sales contracts; relating to the disclosures required to be made by motor vehicle dealers when selling motor vehicles, including trailers, or when their service employees work on commission; relating to a motor vehicle dealer's selling as a new or current model vehicle, a motor vehicle required to be registered under AS 28.10; relating to a motor vehicle dealer's advertising an offer for the sale, lease, or purchase of a motor vehicle, including a trailer; relating to a motor vehicle dealer's conditioning the sale and delivery of a motor vehicle, including a trailer, on the buyer's purchase of other items; and relating to the return of a buyer's trade-in by a motor vehicle dealer."
00 SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 272(TRA) 01 "An Act relating to the advertising of motor vehicles, including trailers, for sale by 02 motor vehicle dealers; relating to the financing of motor vehicle purchases; relating to 03 motor vehicle sales contracts; relating to the disclosures required to be made by motor 04 vehicle dealers when selling motor vehicles, including trailers, or when their service 05 employees work on commission; relating to a motor vehicle dealer's selling as a new or 06 current model vehicle, a motor vehicle required to be registered under AS 28.10; 07 relating to a motor vehicle dealer's advertising an offer for the sale, lease, or purchase of 08 a motor vehicle, including a trailer; relating to a motor vehicle dealer's conditioning the 09 sale and delivery of a motor vehicle, including a trailer, on the buyer's purchase of other 10 items; and relating to the return of a buyer's trade-in by a motor vehicle dealer." 11 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 12 * Section 1. AS 45.25.400(b) is amended to read:
01 (b) A motor vehicle dealer may use the term "manufacturer's suggested retail 02 price," "MSRP," or "list price" in an advertisement for the sale of a motor vehicle, 03 subject to the restriction on price comparisons in AS 45.25.450 and the following: 04 (1) the advertised price must reference the final price listed by the 05 manufacturer on the monroney sticker, including accessories and options physically 06 attached to the vehicle at the time of delivery to the dealer, plus any transportation 07 charges, and minus all manufacturer discounts and savings; 08 (2) the manufacturer's suggested retail price or the list price does not 09 include charges added by the dealer or options added to the vehicle by the dealer; and 10 (3) whenever using the term "manufacturer's suggested retail price," 11 "MSRP," or "list price," the dealer [SHALL PROVIDE IN THE ADVERTISEMENT 12 A CLEAR AND CONSPICUOUS DISCLOSURE THAT STATES THAT A SALE] 13 may not represent that a buyer would save money by paying a [HAVE 14 OCCURRED AT THAT] price that is lower than the "manufacturer's suggested 15 retail price," "MSRP," or "list price". 16 * Sec. 2. AS 45.25.410 is amended to read: 17 Sec. 45.25.410. Availability of advertised items. A motor vehicle dealer 18 may not advertise a new motor vehicle [VEHICLES AND RELATED GOODS OR 19 SERVICES] at a specified dealer price with the intent not to supply reasonably 20 expected demand, unless the advertisement discloses the number of vehicles in stock 21 at the advertised price. 22 * Sec. 3. AS 45.25.460(a) is amended to read: 23 (a) In addition to the provisions of AS 45.50.471 and regulations adopted 24 under AS 45.50.471, a motor vehicle dealer [MAY NOT] 25 (1) shall include in [EXCLUDE FROM] an advertisement of a motor 26 vehicle for sale all [THAT TAXES, IF APPLICABLE, VEHICLE REGISTRATION 27 FEES, FINANCE CHARGES, CHARGES FOR THE ISSUANCE OF ANY 28 CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE OR NONCOMPLIANCE REQUIRED BY 29 STATUTE, OR OTHER] fees or charges, except fees or charges to be paid to a third 30 party [THAT ARE NOT OTHERWISE INCLUDED IN THE ADVERTISED PRICE 31 WILL BE ADDED TO THE ADVERTISED PRICE AT THE TIME OF THE SALE];
01 (2) may not represent the dealer document preparation fee as a 02 government fee; 03 (3) may not advertise a specific motor vehicle for sale without 04 identifying the vehicle by either its vehicle identification number, vehicle stocking 05 number, or license number; 06 (4) may not advertise that free merchandise, gifts, or services will be 07 provided by the dealer if a vehicle is purchased; in this paragraph, "free" includes 08 merchandise or services offered for sale at a price less than the dealer's cost for the 09 merchandise or services; 10 (5) may not use the term "rebate," "cash back," or a similar term in 11 advertising the sale of a motor vehicle unless the rebate is expressed in a specific 12 dollar amount and is in fact a rebate offered by the vehicle manufacturer or distributor 13 directly to the retail buyer of the vehicle; 14 (6) may not require a person, in order to receive the advertised credit 15 terms, to pay a higher price for a motor vehicle and any related goods or services than 16 the cash price the same person would have to pay to purchase the same vehicle and 17 related goods or services; 18 (7) may not advertise a guaranteed trade-in allowance or range of 19 allowances unless the guarantee is provided by the manufacturer or distributor; 20 (8) may not affix to a new motor vehicle a supplemental price sticker 21 containing a price that represents the dealer's asking price if the supplemental price 22 sticker exceeds the manufacturer's suggested retail price, unless the supplemental 23 sticker 24 (A) clearly and conspicuously, in the largest print appearing on 25 the sticker other than the print size used for the dealer's name, discloses that 26 the supplemental sticker price is the dealer's asking price, or words of similar 27 meaning, and is not the manufacturer's suggested retail price; 28 (B) clearly and conspicuously discloses the manufacturer's 29 suggested retail price; and 30 (C) states, if the supplemental sticker price is greater than the 31 sum of the manufacturer's suggested retail price and the price of the items
01 added by the dealer, the difference and describes it as additional dealer mark- 02 up; 03 (9) may not advertise or otherwise represent, or knowingly allow to be 04 advertised or represented on behalf of the dealer, that a down payment is not required 05 in connection with the sale of a motor vehicle when a down payment is in fact 06 required; 07 (10) may not advertise an offer for the sale, lease, or purchase of a 08 motor vehicle that [CREATES THE FALSE IMPRESSION THAT THE VEHICLE IS 09 BEING OFFERED BY A PRIVATE PARTY OR A MOTOR VEHICLE AGENT OR 10 THAT] does not contain the name of the dealer; 11 (11) may not [USE AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR A MOTOR 12 VEHICLE THAT CONTAINS LANGUAGE THAT FALSELY, IMPLICITLY, OR 13 EXPLICITLY SUGGESTS THAT, TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF AN OFFER, A 14 CONSUMER MUST ACT WITHIN A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME WHEN, IN 15 FACT, THE VEHICLES WILL CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE AT THE 16 ADVERTISED PRICE BEYOND THAT TIME PERIOD; 17 (12) REQUIRE A BUYER OF A NEW MOTOR VEHICLE, AS A 18 CONDITION OF SALE AND DELIVERY, TO ALSO PURCHASE SPECIAL 19 FEATURES, APPLIANCES, ACCESSORIES, OR EQUIPMENT NOT DESIRED 20 OR REQUESTED BY THE BUYER UNLESS THE SPECIAL FEATURES, 21 APPLIANCES, EQUIPMENT, OR ACCESSORIES ARE ALREADY INSTALLED 22 ON THE VEHICLE WHEN RECEIVED BY THE DEALER; 23 (13)] represent and sell as a new motor vehicle a demonstrator vehicle 24 or a motor vehicle that is a used motor vehicle; in this paragraph, "demonstrator 25 vehicle" 26 (A) means a motor vehicle 27 (i) that has been assigned by a dealer for use by the 28 dealership as an executive vehicle for promotional purposes, including 29 being driven in the community; 30 (ii) that has not been licensed by a retail buyer; and 31 (iii) the title of which has not been transferred to a retail
01 buyer; 02 (B) does not include a motor vehicle that has only been driven 03 to demonstrate the motor vehicle to a prospective buyer; 04 (12) may not [(14)] advertise that the dealer finances any person or 05 does not reject any person's credit, or make similar claims; 06 (13) may not [(15)] advertise or make a statement, declaration, or 07 representation in an advertisement that cannot be substantiated in fact; the burden of 08 proof of the factual basis for the statement, declaration, or representation is on the 09 dealer. 10 * Sec. 4. AS 45.25.465 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 11 (c) When a motor vehicle dealer sells a used motor vehicle or a current model 12 used motor vehicle, the motor vehicle dealer shall disclose to the buyer in writing in a 13 manner that is clear and conspicuous and posted in the window of the vehicle 14 (1) that the warranty provisions of AS 45.45.300 - 45.45.360 do not 15 apply to the purchase of the motor vehicle; 16 (2) that, if applicable, the vehicle is not subject to a manufacturer's 17 warranty; and 18 (3) that, if applicable, the vehicle was originally manufactured for sale 19 in Canada or another foreign country. 20 * Sec. 5. AS 45.25.510(a) is amended to read: 21 (a) Before entering into a new motor vehicle sales contract, a new motor 22 vehicle dealer shall disclose in writing to a buyer of the new motor vehicle any known 23 damage and repair to the new motor vehicle if the damage exceeds five percent of the 24 manufacturer's suggested retail price as calculated at the dealer's authorized warranty 25 rate for labor and parts, or $1,000, whichever amount is greater. A new motor 26 vehicle dealer is not required to disclose to a buyer that glass, tires, bumpers, or 27 cosmetic parts of a new motor vehicle were damaged at any time if the damaged item 28 has been replaced with original or comparable equipment. A replaced part is not part 29 of the cumulative damage required to be disclosed under this subsection. 30 * Sec. 6. AS 45.25 is amended by adding a new section to read: 31 Sec. 45.25.530. Disclosure regarding receipt of commissions. If a motor
01 vehicle dealer's service operations employees receive a commission for the amount of 02 work they perform, the motor vehicle dealer may post a sign that is visible to service 03 customers that the dealer's service operations employees work on commission. 04 * Sec. 7. AS 45.25.610(c) is amended to read: 05 (c) If [NOTWITHSTANDING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SECTION, 06 IF] a motor vehicle dealer arranges financing for a buyer, the motor vehicle dealer 07 may deliver the motor vehicle to the buyer before final approval by the financing 08 entity if 09 (1) the buyer and seller sign an agreement separate from the motor 10 vehicle installment contract on an 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of paper that clearly and 11 conspicuously informs the buyer that final financing arrangements have not yet been 12 approved and that clearly sets out the amount that will be financed, the annual 13 percentage rate of the finance charge, the amount of the finance charge, the number 14 and frequency of payments, and the amount of each payment; 15 (2) the separate agreement clearly and conspicuously informs the 16 buyer that accepting delivery of the vehicle before final financing approval obligates 17 the buyer to terms of the motor vehicle sales contract if the terms on the separate 18 agreement are identical to the terms finally approved by the financing entity; and 19 (3) the separate agreement provides that the separate agreement, the 20 motor vehicle sales contract, and any and all other conditions of the purchase will be 21 void if any of the terms contained in the separate agreement are changed by either the 22 motor vehicle dealer or the financing institution as a condition of sale or final 23 financing approval. 24 * Sec. 8. AS 45.25.610(d) is amended to read: 25 (d) If a buyer's final financing is not approved [WITHIN SEVEN BUSINESS 26 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THE SEPARATE AGREEMENT] and, as a result, the 27 transaction is not completed, the motor vehicle dealer shall return the buyer's entire 28 down payment, and the buyer's trade-in, if any, shall be returned to the buyer in the 29 same condition and with not more than 100  miles accumulated on the odometer 30 from when the motor vehicle was delivered to the motor vehicle dealer. 31 * Sec. 9. AS 45.25.460(b) and 45.25.610(b) are repealed.
01 * Sec. 10. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 02 read: 03 DEPARTMENT OF LAW REPORT. The Department of Law shall 04 (1) monitor and investigate consumer and enforcement problems associated 05 with AS 08.66.015 that relate to the sale by motor vehicle dealers of motor vehicles as new or 06 current model motor vehicles; and 07 (2) report to the Twenty-Fourth Alaska State Legislature on or before 08 January 24, 2005, on the consumer and enforcement problems monitored and investigated 09 under (1) of this section and include in the report recommendations for resolving the 10 problems.