07/15/2016 - FTC


The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is a civil law enforcement agency whose job is to prevent business practices that are anticompetitive or deceptive or unfair to consumers. The FTC’s Division of Consumer and Business Education (DCBE) gives consumers the tools they need to make informed decisions, and gives businesses tools to help them comply with the law. DCBE produces, promotes, and disseminates information that is timely, targeted, objective, actionable, and in plain language. It’s the news that people and organizations can use – in print, audio, video and online.

Our main website is the Consumer Center, where you can get many of our consumer education materials on hundreds of topics. On one of our most recent projects,IdentityTheft.gov, you’ll find a one-stop resource for reporting and recovering from identity theft.
For anyone who wants more basic information, or for whom reading English is a challenge, we offer Consumer.gov.
We also offer free publications for individuals and organizations to share with their communities at bulkorder.ftc.gov.
And, if you’re interested, you can sign up to get email updates from the FTC, including our consumer blogs, at ftc.gov/stay-connected.


Four new 60-Second videos help consumers shop for cars.

New or used, cars are big-ticket items. Our mobile-friendly videos offer car buyers important information they need at each stage of the car-buying process.   
  • Buying a Used Car covers using online research, the Buyers Guide, a vehicle history report, and an independent inspection to be sure you know what you’re getting before you buy.
  • Spotting Deceptive Car Ads warns that some car ads promise low payments, no interest, or zero down – but might come with a catch. Researching a dealer’s reputation before visiting the dealership can help you steer clear of problems.
  • Financing a Car encourages you to shop for financing before shopping for a car, and bring your best offer with you to the dealer.
  • Understanding Car Add-ons talks about price-hiking products that dealers may offer after you’ve negotiated a car price and arranged financing.
Please help us spread the word! You can:
  • Embed the videos on your website, or link to them at ftc.gov/cars andftc.gov/carros.
  • Mention them in your newsletters and blogs. Here’s a blog you can use.
  • Use the videos when you talk about car buying.
  • Share the videos on social media. Looking for inspiration? Here are sometweets:

    - Ready to buy a car? Watch four new one-minute videos from the FTC first.
    -  Need a car? Before you head to a dealer promising low payments or zero-percent financing, watch this video from the FTC.
    - Buying a used car? Watch this one-minute video from the FTC about resources that can help you know what you’re getting before you buy.
    - Is there a car in your future? Watch this one-minute video from the FTC on what you need to know about car financing.
    - Buying a car? Dealers might try to sell you add-ons. A new video from the FTCtells you what to know before you visit a dealer.

Additional FTC auto-related materials, including the free publications, Buying a New CarAuto Warranties & Routine Maintenance and Auto Service Contracts, in the Jump$tart Clearinghouse.   


Colleen Tressler
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