TITLE 14: COMMERCE
SUBTITLE B: CONSUMER PROTECTION
CHAPTER II: ATTORNEY GENERAL
PART 475 MOTOR VEHICLE ADVERTISING
SECTION 475.360 DISCLOSURE OF BASIS FOR PRICE COMPARISON
Section 475.360 Disclosure of Basis for Price Comparison
a) It is an unfair or deceptive act to advertise any advertising term(s) which compare the dealer's current selling price with a higher price, explicitly or implicitly, unless the basis for the price comparison is clearly and conspicuously disclosed; provided, however, in a new vehicle context, a dealer may compare the higher and lower price without disclosing the basis for the price comparison, if the higher price is the dealer's own former (regular) price, and only if:
1) the former (regular) price is equal to or below the price(s) at which the dealer made a substantial number of sales of such vehicles in the recent regular course of its business; or
2) the former (regular) price is equal to or below the price(s) at which the dealer offered the vehicle(s) for a reasonably substantial period of time in the recent regular course of its business, openly and actively and in good faith, with an intent to sell the vehicle(s) at that price(s).
b) It is an unfair or deceptive act to use any advertising term(s) which compare the dealer's current selling price with a price currently being offered by another dealer for an identical vehicle, explicitly or implicitly, unless the stated higher comparative price is at or below the price at which the identical vehicle is currently being offered in the dealer's trade area by:
1) a reasonable number of other dealers in the same trade area; or
2) another dealer(s) is specifically identified in the advertisement.
c) In a new vehicle context, it is an unfair or deceptive act to use any advertising term(s) which compares the dealer's current selling price with a "list price", or other similar terms, to claim a savings, unless such list price is the manufacturer's suggested retail price ("MSRP"), and is the price at which the vehicle is offered by a reasonable number of dealers in the dealer's trade area, or is the dealer's own former (regular) price as defined in subsection (a)(1) or (2) above. However, an advertisement may reference a MSRP in relation to the dealer's (regular) price if no savings are claimed, and the MSRP figure is disclosed and identified as such in the advertisement, and the advertisement discloses that the MSRP may not be the price at which the vehicle is sold in the trade area.
d) In a used vehicle context, it is an unfair or deceptive act to use terms such as "was $____, now $____", which compare the dealer's current selling price with a higher price; provided, however, a dealer may compare an advertised price with a retail value listed in a current, nationally recognized, and published price guide book. Said book price must be from the current regional issue from the trade area where the advertisement appears, and the advertisement must clearly and conspicuously disclose which book is quoted in close proximity to the advertised price. In addition, the advertisement must clearly and conspicuously include the following disclaimer in at least ten-point bold-faced type: "The value of used vehicles varies with mileage, usage and condition. Book values should be considered estimates only." Under no circumstances may the Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) be used as a basis for price comparisons for used vehicles.
(Source: Amended at 25 Ill. Reg. 4819, effective March 20, 2001)