CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 13, 1978
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(Studio) Report on FTC (Federal Trade Commission) staff document suggesting that used car dealers be required to inspect cars and tell customers problems found in cars given. Expected action by FTC (Federal Trade Commission) next year noted. Reaction of car dealers association to suggestion stated. FTC (Federal Trade Commission) staff report that costs of used cars and repairs dropped after Wisconsin adopted such regulations mentioned.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Madison, WI) Details of Wisconsin law with regard to inspection of and disclosure about used cars given. [State motor vehicles department spokesperson Michael MOSCHKAU - thinks customer has better chance of getting product he believes he's purchasing with these laws.] Success of law described. [Consumer advocate David TRUBEK - says law gives consumer mechanical information he otherwise wouldn't have.] Dealers' objections to law because it doesn't apply to private individuals selling own cars. [Used car dealer Sam STASSI - would have been honest anyway. Says there would have been things overlooked without law, but he wouldn't get involved with car unsafe on roads.] [SALESMAN - discusses car with prospective customers.]
REPORTER: Chris Kelley
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