Online system makes it ‘easier’ to buy, sell vehicles in Mississauga, Oakville, across Ontario

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Published July 12, 2023 at 11:52 am

The Ontario government is expanding the online Digital Dealership Registration (DDR) system to include used cars, making it more convenient to buy and sell used cars. PEXELS PHOTO

Buying and selling a used car in Mississauga, Oakville and across the province is more convenient now.

The Ontario government announced Wednesday (July 12) that is expanding the online Digital Dealership Registration (DDR) system to include used cars.

Now, new and used vehicle sales can be registered online by dealerships participating in DDR.

“Our government created Digital Dealership Registration to help business save time and money by making it easier to sell and purchase a vehicle in Ontario – and now used cars are included with this new, exciting expansion to the system,” said Kaleed Rasheed, Minister of Public and Business Service Delivery, in an announcement made in Oakville.

“Providing self-serve vehicle registration to car dealerships is a win for businesses and a win for consumers who can drive their car right off the lot.”

First made available for new car registrations and then for trade-ins when it launched in March of 2022, DDR now allows for registrations of used cars at participating dealerships.

The purchaser can now have their permit and licence plates issued to them immediately once the dealerships have completed the online registration of passenger vehicles with ServiceOntario.

The provincial government says this allows for more accurate and error-free registrations with less paperwork and the data is more secure.

While dealerships won’t have to drop into a ServiceOntario Centre, the in-person registration will still be available.

More than 7,000 Ontario dealerships selling new and used passenger vehicles now have access to DDR.

“The Digital Dealership Registration initiative is an example of how technology can assist modern Ontario dealerships in business,” said James F. Hamilton, Interim Manager and Legal Services Director at the Used Car Dealers Association of Ontario (UCDA). “Enabling car dealerships to register vehicles online and issue permits and licence plates directly to purchasers reduces paperwork, delays and red tape for dealers and consumers

“This government deserves recognition for bringing this project, with years of planning and piloting behind it, to fruition. The expansion of DDR to used vehicle dealerships, is a milestone the Used Car Dealers Association of Ontario is proud to be part of.”

Over 4,200 transactions have been completed on the system since the launch of DDR. More than 380 dealerships are currently registered.

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