All bills may be viewed in entirety at www.leginfo.legislature.ca.gov
Sponsored by the California New Car Dealers, this bill is the first safety recall bill in the nation. Language which would have impacted independent dealers has been amended out. IADAC recommends dealers VIN check all vehicles through the safercar.gov (NHTSA) database, identify any safety recalls which may be present and have them repaired. If the repair cannot be performed and the recall does not create an unsafe condition, disclose to the customer the presence of a recall and explain how they may have it repaired at no cost by the franchise dealer.
Those using GPS devices with starter-interrupt features must understand the new requirements to comply with this bill. AB 265 restates existing law to remind dealers that customers must acknowledge in writing the presence of tracking technology. If starter interrupt features are being used, dealers must provide a warning before activating the starter interrupt system. The warning must be sent out 5 days prior to activation for weekly payment contracts and 10 days prior to activation for all others. Then, a final warning must be provided no less than 48 hours before activation.
AB1777-Salesperson Licensing (2 year bill-not yet passed)
IADAC sponsored this bill which would require licensed salespersons to complete dealer continuing education. DMV issued licenses for salespeople without requiring any training or education. Salespeople handle sensitive information and work with consumers in an arena where thousands of regulations and laws exist. IADAC believes that licensed salespeople should have an understanding of applicable laws and regulations so that their actions are compliant and fair.
This is a 2 year bill and will be heard in the 2017 session.