Opening a car dealership. Requirements?

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The Dominican Republic took in Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler while 31 nations looked away​

Sosua 1940............

I just started reading " Night Angels" by Weina Dai Randel which focuses on China's assistance in visas to Shanghai to start the journey to the DR. The Chinese ambassador met the Dom Rep ambassador at an Eichmann cocktail party of all things and this chance meeting helped start the process of visa's in 1939. It's fiction but the author knew her subject well with detailed true facts.
 
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NALs

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Would there be a Productos Sosúa or even Sosúa without their arrival?

What if instead of the Jews, aborigines from Australia would had been settled in Sosúa? Same results?

Is there a Productos Sosúa version created in Puerto Rico, Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica before it appeared in the DR? What about salami, which is now a staple of Dominican breakfasts? Why not?

Seeing things with different eyes?

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Celery was another one never planted in the DR ,ever because not even in colonial times, and Dominicans didn’t eat it since it wasn’t available. The Spanish that settled Constanza in the 1940's changed that.

Same with strawberries, apples, etc. Dominicans would had never ate them nor the DR produce them if it wasn’t for the Japanese and Spanish immigrants.

The guy that made Sirena into what it is, is himself from Spain. He was inspired to immigrate to the DR in the 1960’s because in the village he grew up in Spain people talked a lot about Santo Domingo. Would Sirena, Sirena Market, Aprexio, etc ever become what it’s if he never immigrated to the DR? Is it really that hard to not see the connection when in neighboring Haiti, Nicaragua, Honduras, etc never received such immigration and where are there Sirenas? That has become the largest private employer in the DR. Would those 5,000+ employees throughout the DR have a formal job today if he never migrated from Spain?
 
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I'll make this post in case in the future someone has the same question. To open a dealership first one has to own a registered company, a SRL. One can be bought for around $800 (Compañía de carpeta. Thank you NALs for the info) and it's done in a few days. Then that SRL applies for membership in the dealership association. To apply one has to show capital of 1.000.000 pesos, own or show a rent contract for a property no smaller than 400 square meters, and the property has to have the signs (letreros) already put up on the building/office space. Then you submit the application and wait. The process is very long and they stretch it out as long as possible because the Association is run by the dealerships and it's in their interest you don't get the license and don't become their competition. To become the member there is a list of 21 requirements you must complete. So basically it's a monopoly and very hard to break into.
 

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Post #12 explained my intention with this, i.e. not trying to make a living importing cars. Thank for the replies.