FTC Approves Final Consent Orders in Two Deceptive Auto Advertising Cases
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved final consent orders involving two auto dealers that deceptively advertised the sale, financing and leasing of their vehicles.
Under the settlement orders, Jim Burke Nissan of Birmingham, Ala., and Ross Nissan of El Monte, Calif., are prohibited from misrepresenting in any advertisement the cost to purchase or lease a vehicle, or any other material fact about the price, sale, financing, or leasing of a vehicle.
The approved consent orders also address the alleged Truth in Lending Act and Consumer Leasing Act violations by requiring the dealerships to clearly and conspicuously disclose terms required by these credit and lease laws.
The Jim Burke order also prohibits the auto dealer from representing that a discount, rebate, bonus, incentive or price is available unless it is available to all consumers or the qualification terms are clearly and conspicuously disclosed.
These cases were part of the FTC's nationwide and cross-border crackdown to protect consumers when purchasing or leasing a car, 'Operation Ruse Control,' which was originally announced in March 2015.