Transactions at a standstill as car dealers cannot operate


A worker at a second-hand car dealership in Johor Baru wiping a car during a time when such outlets were allowed to open. — Filepic

WITH Phase One of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) still in place, car dealers are finding it difficult to keep their business afloat.

The owner of a shop in Johor selling second-hand cars, Andrew Tan, 70, said that while there was demand, everything was on hold as the state was still under the first phase of the NRP.

“People are calling me to ask if I have cars available but I have to turn them down as we cannot open for business.

“Even if we could open, we could not process transfer of names at the Road Transport Department (JPJ) or send the car for inspection at Puspakom.

Lum says those wanting to buy a car during Phase One of the NRP can still browse online.Lum says those wanting to buy a car during Phase One of the NRP can still browse online.

“Thankfully, some customers are willing to wait until the current restrictions are loosened.

“But they may change their mind if Phase One is prolonged,” he said.

Another car dealer in Johor, Peter Soong, 68, said many people wanted to sell their vehicles due to financial hardship.

“We have been at a standstill since the third movement control order, with JPJ and Puspakom temporarily suspending most of their services.

Soong says many want to sell their vehicles due to financial hardship caused by the pandemic.Soong says many want to sell their vehicles due to financial hardship caused by the pandemic.

“We hope the government will consider allowing us to resume with strict SOP in place, so that we can at least earn an income to survive the pandemic,” he said.

Johor Motor Hire Purchase & Finance Companies Association president Lum Chen Fook said those looking to buy a vehicle could still browse online.

“However, they can only pay a deposit or booking fee for now.

“Other processes, such as name transfer and inspection, are still on hold,” he said.

Lum added that they expect to see an increase in vehicle sales once restrictions were eased.

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