Truth In Leasing

The following information is offered to assist the dealer in complying with the Motor Vehicle Dealer Advertising Practices and Enforcement Regulations.

It is the dealer's responsibility to become familiar with all provisions of the Consumer Leasing Act (Regulation M) and to ensure dealership advertisements are in compliance with these Federal directives.

If one of the following "Trigger Terms" is stated in the ad:

  1. amount of any payment
  2. a statement of any capitalized cost reduction or other payment required including "0" down or any negative amount before or at consummation or by delivery if delivery takes place after consummation.

Then the following required disclosures are needed:

  1. the transaction advertised is a lease
  2. the total amount due at the beginning of the lease
  3. whether or not a security deposit is required
  4. the number, amounts and due dates or periods of schedule payments under the lease

Lease. Total amount of ($) any payment due at the beginning of the lease. (Number) of payments at ($) per (Month,week,etc.). Whether or not a Security Deposit is required.

*All Disclosures must be clear and conspicuous

**The total amount due at the beginning of a lease must either (1) include taxes and state what the taxes are based on and that the taxes may vary by jurisdiction or (2) must exclude taxes and state that fact.


For further information and/or questions, contact: 

Federal Trade Commission
6th & Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20580
(202) 326-2222