California Vehicle Code has numerous provisions that apply to licensed automobile dealers. One of the many provisions
pertain to advertising or selling a used vehicle as "certified" or use any similar descriptive term that implies
the vehicle has been certified to meet the terms of a used vehicle certification program.
The law requires the Dealer to give you, prior to sale, a "completed inspection report" indicating all the components
inspected. This means dealers have to provide consumers with information about the results of the inspection for each
particular component. Sellers cannot merely list components that have been inspected, thereby leaving the consumer ignorant
as to whether the various components satisfactorily passed the inspection. This requirement guarantees consumers the
right to know whether the individual components of a car have been found functional as the result of an inspection.
The law makes it illegal for a car dealer to advertise for sale, or sell a
used vehicle as "certified" if the vehicle has odometer discrepancies, was repurchased under a Federal or State
warranty law, the title is branded with "Lemon Law Buyback," "Salvage," or similar, the vehicle was involved
in a prior accident, fire, or flood that after repair substantially impairs the vehicle's use or safety, or had prior
frame damage. It also makes it illegal to sell the "certified" vehicle "AS-IS," which means it has
to come with a warranty.