With the new year fast approaching, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are seeking dealers’ help in providing customers with information about fuel economy and the benefits of using more fuel-efficient vehicles.
As the agencies state in a November 2019 letter to dealers, “Fuel economy is an important factor for consumers when shopping for a vehicle. EPA regulations require automobile dealers to display the EPA/DOE Fuel Economy Guide prominently at each location where new automobiles are offered for sale and to make it available to the public at no charge (40 CFR 600.405-08 and 600.407-08).” DOE and EPA add, “Dealers may choose to either have printed copies on hand or provide access to the electronic version/website on a computer in the display area. The regulations ensure that prospective customers have ready access to fuel economy information for current model year vehicles.”
How to get your guide
The DOE and EPA provide two options for dealers to obtain the Fuel Economy Guide:
- Through the National Automobile Dealers Association, DOE and EPA emailed dealers an electronic copy of the Guide in November 2019. Dealers are permitted to print the Guide from that electronic file. For dealers to ensure they receive a new model year Fuel Economy Guide each year, dealers are asked to visit https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/dealers.shtml to join the list of recipients.
- Dealers can download the Fuel Economy Guide from the government’s fuel economy website at www.fueleconomy.gov and print copies from the electronic file. This version of the Guide is updated periodically with newly released models and up-to-date fuel cost estimates.