DMV: New Law Starting Oct.1 Gives More Protection to Consumers Buying Used Cars

September 28, 2012
New Law Starting Monday Gives More Protection
to Consumers Buying Used Cars
WETHERSFIELD – A new law starting Monday helps to ensure consumers get the proper state-required safety check on used cars they purchase at a dealership.
The law requires dealers to sign off on a specific form (download form) that clearly identifies items, which state law already requires to be checked prior to sale. In the past some dealers have not done as thorough a check on vehicles as state law requires.
“Safety on the road is everyone’s responsibility,” said DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey. “This new law helps to protect consumers in the future from those situations where a few dealers have not done the checks as required,” she added.
Among the items the state has required to be checked and now must be signed off as checked are:
  • Service Brakes
  • Parking Brake
  • Tires/Wheels
  • Steering System
  • Suspension
  • Frame/Chassis
  • Exhaust
  • Fuel System
  • Headlights
  • Stop/Turn Lights
  • Misc. Lights
  • Wipers/Washer
Dealers now must obtain the consumer’s signature on the form and consumers should ask for a copy. Dealers must retain a copy for review by DMV. A dealership owner faces arrest and fines up to $2,000 for not doing the safety inspection or signing off on the form when the inspection was not done. Prior to the new law, dealerships made their own forms and kept their own records.  
Other DMV-related laws taking effect Oct. 1:
  • Expand the state law that requires motorists to move over when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle.  The “move over” law will now pertain to roadways with two lanes going in the same direction. It had only applied to roadways with three lanes or more heading in the same direction.
  • Establish a new $50 fee for licensed motor vehicle dealers and repairers that have a lapse in their surety bond or insurance.


Content Last Modified on 10/17/2012 5:06:35 PM