The federal and state governments regulate auto manufacturing, repair, maintenance, recycling, sales and dealerships. If you are involved in the automotive industry, be sure to read the following business guides to learn more about how to comply with environmental, safety, and import regulations and standards.
Auto Sales Industry
If you plan to start an auto dealership, you should familiarize yourself with the laws and regulations pertaining the automotive industry. Here you will find resources to start your auto dealership and comply with government regulations.
Automobiles: A Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Guide for Dealers
Outlines rules, laws and regulations governing automobiles, parts, energy, and marketing.
Tax Guide for Automotive Sales and Service Industries
Gives tax tips, trends and statistics for the automotive industry.
Automobile Importation and Certification FAQs
Lists answers to common questions about importing automobiles to the U.S.
Import Requirements for Vehicles, Engines and Equipment
Offers the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) guide for importing requirements and forms for vehicles, heavy-duty trucks and nonroad engines.
Vehicle Import Regulations
Supplies a guide to federal vehicle importation compliance.
How to Become a Registered Motor Vehicle Importer
Details the application and registration process with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Here you will find resources that help auto manufacturers comply with government regulations.
Emission Standards for Forklifts, Generators, and Compressors
Covers information on controlling emissions from non-road spark-ignition (si) engines over 19 KW (25 hp).
Emission Standards for Highway Motorcycles
Details regulation, standards, and compliance information for controlling highway motorcycles emissions.
Emission Standards for Lawn and Garden (Small Gasoline) Equipment
Lists regulation and guidance, compliance fee, and certification data for non-road spark-ignition engines, ranging from lawn and garden equipment through airport service equipment.
Emission Standards for Snowmobiles, Dirt Bikes and ATVs
Gives regulation and compliance guidance for land-based recreational vehicles.
Laws and Programs
Heavy-Duty Highway Diesel Engines Program
Details 2007 Highway Rule regulations, standards, and compliance information for heavy-duty trucks and buses.
Light-Duty Vehicle and Engine Emission Certification
Offers compliance and certification information for motor vehicles less than 8,500 pounds.
Mobile Source Air Toxics Rule
Contains strategies and tools to reducing public risk of hazardous air pollutants from mobile sources.
Motor Vehicle and Engine Compliance Program Fees
Lists current and proposed rules for fees under the EPA's Motor Vehicle and Engine Compliance Program.
Nonroad Diesel Equipment Compliance Help
Covers compliance with the EPA's regulations related to non-road diesel engines and fuel.
On-Board Diagnostics: Regulatory and Technical Resources
Supplies information about current rulemakings, guidance, public testimony and policy recommendations from the EPA.
On-Board Diagnostics(OBD): Vehicle and Engine Manufacturers
Provides regulatory and technical documents concerning OBD in light and heavy duty vehicles.
Vehicle Programs and Compliance Guidance Letters
Gives the EPA's guidance and instructions about specific compliance topics and issues on the automotive industry.
Fuel Economy Standards
Certification and Fuel Economy Information System (CFEIS)
Details the process of entering data into the EPA's CFEIS for light-duty vehicle and truck manufacturers.
Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards: FAQs
Overviews CAFE standards and provides answers to questions regarding passenger cars or light trucks of 8,500 lbs. or less, manufactured for sale in the U.S.
Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards
Provides a CAFE program overview, related rulemaking activities, research, fleet characteristics, and summaries of manufacturers' fuel economy performance.
Fuel Economy Testing, Reporting and Labeling: Regulations and Standards
Explains, in detail, the EPA's fuel economy rules, regulations, and standards.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
Offers full text of regulations covering safety standards of motor vehicles.
Quick Reference Guide to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and Regulations
Describes safety standards and regulations for motor vehicles.
Vehicle and Equipment Safety Regulations and Standards
Outlines the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regulations and standards for passenger vehicles.
FAQs About Bumpers
Lists answers to questions on federal regulations and standards for automobile bumpers.
Safety Standards for Specific Vehicles
Safety Requirements for Motorcycle Manufacturers
Gives a guide to federal laws and regulations for motorcycle manufacturers.
Safety Requirements for Trailer Manufacturers
Provides information on legislation and regulations for trailer manufacturers.
Federal Lighting Equipment Location Requirements for Trailers
Contains the Federal/Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard's requirements for lighting equipment on trailers.