California Initiative to Protect Buyers of Used Vehicles (2014)

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A California Initiative to Protect Buyers of Used Vehicles was approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 4, 2014, ballot as an initiated state statute. Four versions of the initiative (#13-0033, #13-0035, #13-0036, #13-0037) were filed in quick succession in late October 2013, and all were approved for circulation.

The initiative would have:

  • Required auto dealers to repair manufacturer-recalled safety defects on used vehicles before sale or lease to consumer.
  • Prohibited dealers from using certain high-pressure tactics, or canceling or changing vehicle sale or lease contracts at additional buyer expense, after delivery of vehicle.
  • Required a minimum 30-day, 1,000 mile warranty on used vehicles.
  • Limited financial incentives to dealers for arranging vehicle financing.
  • Required criminal background checks on dealer employees with access to customers' personal information.
  • Imposed liability on dealers for identity theft at dealership.
  • Eliminated New Motor Vehicle Board administrative review of consumer protection violations.

If Version 13-0035 qualified for the ballot and was approved by the state's voters, it would have:

  • Required auto dealers to repair manufacturer-recalled safety defects on used vehicles before sale or lease to consumer.

If Version 13-0036 qualified for the ballot and was approved by the state's voters, it would have:

  • Required auto dealers to repair manufacturer-recalled safety defects on used vehicles before sale or lease to consumer.
  • Required criminal background checks on dealer employees with access to customers' personal information.
  • Imposed liability on dealers for identity theft at dealership.

If Version 13-0037 qualified for the ballot and was approved by the state's voters, it would have:

  • Required auto dealers to repair manufacturer-recalled safety defects on used vehicles before sale or lease to consumer.
  • Prohibited dealers from using certain high-pressure tactics, or canceling or changing vehicle sale or lease contracts at additional buyer expense, after delivery of vehicle.
  • Required minimum 30-day, 1,000 mile warranty on used vehicles.
  • Limited financial incentives to dealers for arranging vehicle financing.
  • Required criminal background checks on dealer employees with access to customers' personal information.
  • Imposed liability on dealers for identity theft at dealership.

Initiative sponsor Rosemary Shahan referred to all four versions as the "Car Buyers Protection Act."

Text of measure

Version 13-0333

Ballot title:

Used Vehicles. Buyer Protection. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Requires auto dealers to repair manufacturer-recalled safety defects on used vehicles before sale or lease to consumer. Prohibits dealers from using certain high-pressure tactics, or canceling or changing vehicle sale or lease contracts at additional buyer expense, after delivery of vehicle. Requires minimum 30-day, 1,000 mile warranty on used vehicles. Limits financial incentives to dealers for arranging vehicle financing. Requires criminal background checks on dealer employees with access to customers' personal information. Imposes liability on dealers for identity theft at dealership. Eliminates New Motor Vehicle Board administrative review of consumer protection violations."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"Unknown but potentially significant net effect on state and local government revenues resulting from changes affecting the sale and financing of vehicles."

Version 13-0335

Ballot title:

Used Vehicles. Buyer Protection. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Requires auto dealers to repair manufacturer-recalled safety defects on used vehicles before sale or lease to consumer."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"Unknown but probably not significant net effect on overall state and local government revenues resulting from changes affecting the sale of vehicles."

Version 13-0336

Ballot title:

Used Vehicles. Buyer Protection. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Requires auto dealers to repair manufacturer-recalled safety defects on used vehicles before sale or lease to consumer. Requires criminal background checks on dealer employees with access to customers' personal information. Imposes liability on dealers for identity theft at dealership."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"Unknown but probably not significant net effect on overall state and local government revenues resulting from changes affecting the sale of vehicles."

Version 13-0337

Ballot title:

Used Vehicles. Buyer Protection. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Requires auto dealers to repair manufacturer-recalled safety defects on used vehicles before sale or lease to consumer. Prohibits dealers from using certain high-pressure tactics, or canceling or changing vehicle sale or lease contracts at additional buyer expense, after delivery of vehicle. Requires minimum 30-day, 1,000 mile warranty on used vehicles. Limits financial incentives to dealers for arranging vehicle financing. Requires criminal background checks on dealer employees with access to customers' personal information. Imposes liability on dealers for identity theft at dealership."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"Unknown but potentially significant net effect on state and local government revenues resulting from changes affecting the sale and financing of vehicles. "

Path to the ballot

See also: Signature requirements for ballot measures in California
  • Rosemary Shahan submitted a letter requesting a ballot title for Version 13-0333 on October 30, 2013.
  • Rosemary Shahan submitted a letter requesting a ballot title for Version 13-0335 on October 31, 2013.
  • Rosemary Shahan submitted a letter requesting a ballot title for Version 13-0336 on October 31, 2013.
  • Rosemary Shahan submitted a letter requesting a ballot title for Version 13-0337 on October 31, 2013.
  • A ballot title and ballot summary for Version 13-0333 were issued by the Attorney General of California's office on December 20, 2013.
  • A ballot title and ballot summary for Version 13-0335 were issued by the Attorney General of California's office on December 26, 2013.
  • A ballot title and ballot summary for Version 13-0336 were issued by the Attorney General of California's office on December 26, 2013.
  • A ballot title and ballot summary for Version 13-0336 were issued by the Attorney General of California's office on December 26, 2013.
  • 504,760 valid signatures were required for qualification purposes.
  • The 150-day circulation deadline for #13-0033 was May 19, 2014.
  • The 150-day circulation deadline for #13-0035 was May 27, 2014.
  • The 150-day circulation deadline for #13-0035 was May 27, 2014.
  • The 150-day circulation deadline for #13-0035 was May 27, 2014.
  • The Secretary of State’s suggested signature filing deadline for the November 4, 2014, ballot was April 18, 2014. This means that if supporters had submitted enough valid signatures by May 19 but after April 18, the measure could have been pushed back as far as the next statewide general election, in November 2016.

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