Guides and Labels
Every year, dealers must make fuel economy guides available to vehicle shoppers and buyers who request them. Annual guides are available at www.fueleconomy.gov and the 2011 guide is available here. Dealers may order paper copies of the guides online here or request copies by mail by going here.
In December 2006, EPA issued a rule mandating a newly designed fuel economy label beginning with model year 2008 vehicles. This label is based on a fuel economy test that better reflects factors such as quick starts, high speeds, air-conditioning use and cold-temperature driving. As such, the label shows fuel economy numbers between 8 and 30 percent less than than labels based on previous testing methods. Consumers should recognize that actual mileage will vary depending on how they drive and maintain their vehicles.
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Help Your Customers Save Money: Offer Them Green Checkups Today
NADA encourages every car and truck dealer to offer their customers free Green Checkups to assess their vehicles' fuel economy. Because dealers are located in every major community in the country, they are ideally positioned to be at the forefront of this consumer awareness campaign. Consider incorporating the 10-point Green Checkups into routine service lane walkarounds or promotional multi-point inspections. They also can be featured at special Green Day events or in advertised promotions to existing customers. A Green Checkup can include some or all of the recommended service items. You may even want to add others.
NADA Offers "8 Simple Steps" to Lower Gas Costs
Millions of Americans are feeling the pinch of higher prices at the pump and looking for ways to cut costs. NADA has developed an easy-to-download fact sheet with fuel efficiency tips for consumers, 8 Simple Steps to Lower Fuel Costs.
NADA’s fact sheet recommends that consumers take the following measures to lower gas costs:
Be sure that your vehicle is regularly maintained and repaired by qualified auto technicians;
Use the recommended grade of motor oil and fuel for your vehicle;
Keep your tires properly inflated at all times;
Don’t exceed the posted speed limit;
Use overdrive gears and cruise control, when safe and appropriate;
Eliminate quick starts and aggressive driving;
Clean out your vehicle regularly to reduce unnecessary weight;
Avoid rush hour driving and combine trips, whenever possible.
For more information on fuel economy, visit www.fueleconomy.gov or www.epa.gov/fueleconomy.