Used car salesman don't exactly have the best reputation. Buying a used car can be risky enough, and now the state has stepped in to make sure your dealer doesn't give you a raw deal.
Governor Kasich recently signed a measure approved by the Ohio Legislature mandating training for future used car dealers setting up their business in the state.
Lou Vitantonio, President of the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association describes the new training rules
" It requires any dealer that is newly applying to be a used vehicle dealer to undergo required training, before they can be licensed in the state of Ohio. "
He tells AkronNewsNow the mandatory training requirement protects both seller and buyer. " It's a protection for not only the dealer, but also the consumer out there so that a used car dealers understands what all the rules and regulations that are in place in the state of Ohio are, before stepping in and obtaining a used car dealer license."
Vitantonio says the state already has a lot of rules in place to protect you from attempts to rip you off by selling you a lemon. "There are a whole host of rules in the state of Ohio that are very particular about advertising and the sale of motor vehicles, and this will make it very very clear for someone entering the business," says Vitantonio.
With a tighter economy and consumers being more cost conscious used car sales have increased significantly in the past few years and used car prices are climbing. That means more people are exposed to the possibility of a bad deal.
Franchised new car dealers who also sell used cars are exempt from the new training rules since the dealers and automakers already conduct similar training .