TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly on Monday passed a bill that would allow new and used car dealerships to sell vehicles online. Customers and dealerships would also be permitted to use e-signatures to complete those sales.
The bill’s sponsor, Assemblyman Ronald Dancer, said this is a welcome step toward modernization.
“The Covid-19 government lockdowns forced a hard look at how car sales are done in New Jersey,” Dancer (R-Ocean) said. “Even with the pandemic and lockdowns waning, it just makes sense to allow businesses to offer customers online sales and signatures. It’s going to make those transactions easier moving forward.”
The bill (A5033/S3279) stipulates that New Jersey new and used car dealerships selling vehicles online must have a permanent physical presence in the state. The Motor Vehicle Commission would have to accept e-signatures and electronically submitted documents pertaining to those sales.
“Even before the lockdowns, consumers and dealerships wanted the option to purchase vehicles and complete these transactions online. It’s safe and convenient,” Dancer added.
The Assembly passed an earlier iteration of the bill back in January, but it was back in the Assembly to concur with Senate amendments.
The Senate passed the bill on June 3. It now goes to the governor for his signature.