Feds Roll Out Used-Car MPG Stickers


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    Window stickers are available that show the fuel economy and pollution levels of used cars and trucks. | September 13, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The U.S. Department of Energy and the EPA are offering window stickers that show the fuel economy and emissions of used cars and trucks.
  • The labels can be downloaded online.
  • The fueleconomy.gov Web site lets users find vehicles from the 1984 model year and newer.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy and the EPA are offering window stickers that show the fuel economy and emissions of used cars and trucks. The labels can be downloaded online.

The fueleconomy.gov Web site lets users find vehicles from the 1984 model year and newer.

Curiously, labels for plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles are not available. So consumers cannot get used-car window stickers for such vehicles as the 2013 Tesla Model S or Nissan Leaf. But it is possible to get a window sticker for the 2012 McLaren MP4-12C and other exotic cars.

The EPA notes that the labels contain EPA estimates for the vehicles when new.

"Actual fuel economy will vary for many reasons, including driving conditions and how the car was driven and maintained," it said. "Aftermarket modifications to the vehicle can affect fuel economy, especially those that change the vehicle's weight, aerodynamics, or wheel/tire size. Other factors can also affect fuel economy."

If the vehicle was well maintained, the original fuel economy rating should still apply.

Edmunds says: A great new tool for anyone buying or selling a used car.

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