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Bill requires car dealers to disclose damage

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - The state Senate has approved a bill requiring auto dealers to tell consumers if a new vehicle has been damaged and repaired.

Dealer-to-dealer sales, as well as sales between manufacturers and dealers are also bound by the disclosure requirement.

The bill passed the Senate by a unanimous vote Thursday. It now moves to the state House for further consideration.

Minor vehicle repairs wouldn't have to be revealed to a car buyer, neither would replacement of a car's "cosmetic" parts - so long as they're replaced with similar quality parts.

Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, says the bill is necessary because some people fall through the cracks of the state's "lemon laws."

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