To say Shahin Alizadeh welcomes Ontario’s Digital Dealership Registration (DDR) system is an understatement.
“When I heard the announcement, it was music to my ears,” said Alizadeh, dealer principal of the 10-store Downtown Auto Group in Toronto.
Up to now, the system of regisering sold vehicles had been fundamentally unchanged from when he began in the car business 40 years ago, Alizadeh said.
The new system, expected to roll out gradually to full implementation by the end of the year, allows customers’ newly purchased vehicles to be registered online from the dealership, which can then issue licence plates.
Dealers such as Alizadeh, who lobbied the provincial government for years to introduce such a system, could realize significant cost savings and reduce employees’ time-wasting trips to the nearest ServiceOntario office.
For Alizadeh, whose stores conduct about 10,000 newand used-vehicle transactions a year, eliminating ServiceOntario visits will cut up to two hours of travel time per transaction, plus any time spent in lines with people registering cars, getting fishing licences or waiting for one of the other many services the centres offer.
“Eliminating that and giving it back to us to manage and administer I think would be huge,” Alizadeh said.
Downtown Auto Group is one of 40 initial users, he said.
TIME, MONEY SAVED
Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation said that once fully implemented, DDR will allow more than 7,000 Ontario dealerships online access to registration. It’s expected to move up to 4.8 million registration transactions online annually.