Feds scrutinize used car salesmen

Used car salesmen are coming under scrutiny from federal regulators.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning people who are in the market for a car against relying on “spoken promises” from used car salesmen that “are not confirmed in writing.”

“One of the principal goals of the used car rule is to prevent oral misrepresentations and unfair omissions of material facts by used car dealers,” the agency said Thursday.

The FTC, which originally issued the used car rule in 1984, is updating the requirements for the “Buyers Guide” window stickers car salesmen must place on their vehicles.

The new window stickers will encourage car shoppers to check the vehicle history report and search for safety recalls before purchasing.

The rule goes into effect on Jan. 27.