More convenience for used car dealers with online system

SEREMBAN: Used car dealers no longer need to go to the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to perform a temporary transfer of ownership for the vehicles they buy, beginning April.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke said dealers could do so online once the scope of the e-STMS, a system created for the purpose, is expanded and integrated with JPJ’s MySikap system.

“I have approved this and it is now up to eAuto, JPJ’s strategic partner, to integrate the systems.

“I want them to work on it fast because I do not want people going to JPJ unnecessarily,” he said at the Negri Sembilan Car Dealers and Credit Companies Association 42nd anniversary celebration here on Friday night.

Loke said through the integrated e-STMS system, used car dealers would be able to immediately find out the history of the vehicles they planned to purchase.

They could print out all information about the vehicles and use it to check with financial institutions on the value of the vehicles, he added.

He said used car dealers would also be able to check a vehicle’s previous ownership and other information, which is available in JPJ’s database.

“This way, they will know if the vehicles are stolen,” he added.

As for the sellers’ convenience, Loke said they would be able to immediately get refunds for any balance in their road tax.

“Used car dealers can cancel the road tax of the cars and refund the seller,” he said, adding that the method of repayment would be announced soon.

Loke said the system would undergo a one-year trial period. As such, JPJ could look at ways to improve it if necessary.

He said the online system would benefit both buyers and sellers.

“Those who sell their cars certainly want the ownership to be transferred as soon as possible because if the name remains unchanged, the owners can still be held responsible if anything were to go wrong,” he added.

Loke said used car dealers would also benefit as they would have immediate access to the vehicle’s records.

“Like I said, we are moving towards digitalisation and our intention is to simplify the whole transaction for the convenience of the people,” he said.

Also present at the dinner were Federation of Motor and Credit Companies Associations of Malaysia president Datuk Tony Khor Chong Boon and its state chapter chief Teh Seng Hap.

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