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USED-CAR DEALERS GET NEW RULES

Used-car dealers in the Village of Depew will face additional rules and regulations following Monday's approval of a series of changes to the village law.

The amendments were implemented "to protect the consumer," according to Mayor Joseph G. McIntosh.

"We don't want to see people subjected to unscrupulous dealers and taken advantage of," McIntosh said. "The intention of the law is to weed out the individual who repairs and sells vehicle on the side with little regard for the consumer after the sale. It's just something we wanted to be proactive on."

Under the amendment, sellers who do not own the land where they are conducting business will have to provide proof that they have a lease for the property.

The lease suggests that the dealer has some relative permanence in conducting business on the property, McIntosh said.

The revised law also provides that the used-car lot has either indoor or outdoor space for at least five vehicles in addition to any parking spaces required under the village zoning code.

"It helps ensure there is adequate space for showing vehicles," McIntosh said.

In order to provide assurances that dealers will "stand behind the vehicles they sell," another new provision mandates that dealers maintain a service bay on their premises or obtain a contract with a repair person to provide service to the vehicles they sell.

The final revision calls for used-car dealers to have at least one single-line business telephone inside the building used by the dealership and listed in the phone book under its licensed name.

The amendments to the village law have been in the making for about a year, McIntosh said. Earlier this year, the village imposed a six-month moratorium on the creation of used-car dealerships in Depew while the board studied possible amendments to the law.

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