The new car market has had labels to inform prospective buyers of the relative efficiencies of different vehicles. Now, the EPA is making that same information more readily available to used car buyers and sellers. Cars dating back to 1984 will be able to be identified through this system.
The used car labels are based on the original new car data, so declines that have occurred over time will not be reflected. But the baseline for comparison should still be valid. According to the EPA, "As a vehicle's fuel economy changes very little over a typical 15-year life with proper maintenance, the original EPA fuel economy estimate remains the best indicator of a used vehicle's average gas mileage."
The many millions of buyers who do not buy new cars directly from the manufacturer will now have an easier time as they consider the fuel efficiency and the carbon emissions of the vehicles they are looking at. Even if a particular seller doesn't offer the information themselves, the EPA fuel economy website is simple enough that a buyer could quickly look up the information about a particular model of car they were considering.
via: EERE News
written by Enviro Equipment Blog, September 26, 2013
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