To be honest, we're surprised something like this didn't pop up sooner. Chrysler is riffing on gift registries for couples getting married or expecting babies and cross-pollinating it with a social media funding website like Kickstarter to help customers buy its 2013 Dodge Dart. The Dodge Dart Registry allows people to build and customize a new Dart exactly how they want it, then let other people purchase some or all of the components as gifts.

The registry lets you add features like dark headlights, dual exhaust, various wheels and even interior options without choosing a specific trim level. This sounds a lot like the system Scion uses to let its customers configure cars, and this could be a great idea for Dodge. Of course, this system has the added benefit of being a social media affair for you to share with your friends... you know, so they can help pay for some of the parts, too.

The best thing about the registry is that you can configure your dream Dart from the comfort of your home computer, which strikes us as much better than walking around Bed, Bath and Beyond for the better part of an afternoon with an electronic scanner. The one thing that Dodge doesn't offer? "Thank You" cards. Those are on you.

For more information about how to get your friends and family to help buy you a Dodge Dart, Chrysler has provided a video and press release, which we've posted below.

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Dodge Brand Introduces 'New Rules' for Buying a Car with Innovative Online Dodge Dart Gift Registry
  • Dodge creatively redefines how to purchase the groundbreaking all-new 2013 Dodge Dart just as the brand redefined what a world-class compact car should be
  • Registry launches with new 30-second 'How to Change Buying Cars Forever' TV spot debuting January 20 on Fox Network NFC championship broadcast
  • 'Dodge Dart Registry' makes buying a car easier and more social than ever

January 17, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Brides and grooms have been doing it for years. Now it's easier than ever for new car buyers too.

The Dodge brand introduces the "Dodge Dart Registry," an online program that provides a creative way to raise money toward the purchase of a new Dodge Dart by mobilizing friends and family to help consumers make their new car dreams come true.

"Establishing an online registry is another example of how Dodge continues to create 'New Rules' with the Dodge Dart," said Oliver Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, Chrysler Group LLC. "The registry is designed to make the process of configuring and buying a new Dart more social than ever, in a way that has never been done before. Now, 'New Rules' transcends not only how we design, build and market a car, but redefines how consumers can purchase a new vehicle by mobilizing friends and family to help."

The Dart Registry, www.DodgeDartRegistry.com, allows consumers to configure and customize a Dodge Dart, and set a goal for the amount of money they want to raise to fund it. It then itemizes components of the car-like a steering wheel, shifter, seat, or engine-allowing friends, family or anyone to sponsor the specific parts.

"Just as the Dodge brand has redefined what a compact car can be with the outstanding style, fuel efficiency and class leading safety and technology of the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart, we are also breaking new ground by creating fun and innovative ways for consumers to interact and purchase one," said Reid Bigland, President and CEO – Dodge Brand.

Like any registry, friends and family can ensure they're giving a gift that someone really wants, whether it is for birthdays, graduations or any other gift-giving moments throughout the year. Once registered, an individual has the option to connect to Facebook and Twitter to spread word about their desire to own a new Dodge Dart or, perhaps, thank anyone who has contributed to the effort, all the while communicating and sharing key features of the vehicle through their social channels.

The Dodge Dart registry launches January 20 with a new 30-second commercial titled "How to Change Buying Cars Forever." The spot debuts during the Fox network broadcast of the NFL National Football Conference Championship Game. It explains the registry concept and how it works online, continuing the same dose of fun, creative license and Dodge brand humor introduced in July 2012 with the 90-second "How to Change Cars Forever" commercial. That spot served as a rapid-fire "instructional" on how to make a world-class car today, providing an inside look into the Dodge brand's approach to designing and engineering its much anticipated entry into the compact car segment. The campaign followed with a series of four additional spots in the same tone, all featuring the Jay-Z and Kanye West track, "No Church in the Wild," from their "Watch the Throne" album.

The "How to Change Buying Cars Forever" spot and registry website were created by Portland, Ore-advertising agency, Wieden+Kennedy. The ad can be viewed at www.DodgeDartRegistry.com or www.youtube.com/dodge.

In addition to television ads, the registry will be supported through social media and digital advertising.

How It Works

The "Dodge Dart Registry" is powered by RocketHub, a crowdfunding platform that makes raising funds quick and simple. RocketHub's socially driven platform has helped thousands of artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and social leaders raise millions of dollars from around the world.

Participants go to www.DodgeDartRegistry.com to set-up their personalized registry, including creating their own custom Dodge Dart – choosing from the available 12 exterior colors, 14 interior color and trim options, three powerful, fuel-efficient engines, three transmission choices, unsurpassed safety features and world-class aerodynamics – and establishing fundraising goals and expiration terms (up to 90 days).

RocketHub handles the entire crowdfunding process. Funds raised on the registry, minus processing fees, can be used to purchase a new Dodge Dart.

Registry owners and funders must be at least 18 years of age and residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. A complete list of official terms and conditions is available on the registry website.

About Dodge

For nearly 100 years, Dodge has defined passionate and innovative vehicles that stand apart in performance and in style. Building upon its rich heritage of muscle cars, racing technology and ingenious engineering, Dodge offers a full-line of cars, crossovers, minivans and SUVs built for top performance – from power off the line and handling in the corners, to high-quality vehicles that deliver unmatched versatility and excellent fuel efficiency. Only Dodge offers such innovative functionality combined with class-leading performance, exceptional value and distinctive design. With the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart, the all-new Dodge Charger paired with the ZF eight-speed transmission that achieves a class-leading 31 miles per gallon on the highway, the new Durango and the significantly revamped Grand Caravan – inventor of the minivan – Journey, Avenger and iconic Challenger, Dodge now has one of the freshest dealer showrooms in the United States.


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      marv.shocker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Boy, Dodge must think their consumers have some pretty good friends. If I went on FB asking people to fund my next car, I'd get a lot of F-U's
      BombSquad
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why not open it up to all their models! "Uh Grandma, as you know I need a new car, would you mind covering the option packages?"... "Thanks so much grandma, that's $7500 for the Laguna leather, $3500 for the track pack and $9900 for the carbon aero and exterior packs for a grand total of $20,000".
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Friends don't let friends drive Dodge cars. (waits for the thumbs down from Chrysler fanboys)
        Erik
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        I know you think that adding "(waits for the thumbs down from Chrysler fanboys)" at the bottom will somehow make your comment less idiotic, but sorry, that's just not the case.
      Making11s
      • 1 Year Ago
      Requests to fund your Dodge Dart will get your posts blocked from your friends' Facebook pages.
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who is going to advertise that they want a Dart? And who is going to help you realize that "dream"? FAIL. Buy your own damn car.
      luigi.tony
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I'm gifting someone a FIAT product, it's not going to be a Dodge. It would the the 500 Abarth.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love the idea. That\'s really cute. More useful than the usual household knick-knacks that people put on their wedding registries.
      550PlusX5
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sorry, if you have to crowd source fund a dodge dart, you shouldn't be buying a new car. You should be building your net worth, because your current net worth is worthless. Come one, we're not talking like it's a Porsche or something.. That's the problem in America. Buy now, on minimum payments, and then when something hits the fan, wonder why you're broke.
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @550PlusX5
        The problem with Americans is that many of them equate "financing" with "buying", and they can't wait to "own" a luxury car for $600/month over the next 5 years. They will proudly tell their friends they now own a Benzo. You haven't really "bought" an item until you have paid the entire sale price. People congratulated me for becoming a new homeowner a few years ago, but I don't feel like I will really "own" a property for another 15-30 years.
          550PlusX5
          • 1 Year Ago
          @superchan7
          Well at least you didn't heloc the home out to make the minimum payments on a new Benzo, and then when you can't make payments on your home, blame the ridiculous financing terms on the big bad bank and Wall Street and expect the Government to bail you out....At the expense of every other responsible taxpayer... I mean after all it's not like banks would let you do a loan modification, let you stay in your house without paying, take ages to foreclose on you. And it's not like our current adminstration would try to make you whole by trying to help you do a loan mod, extending your umemployment benefits..indefinitely while raising taxes for people who are financially responsible (essentially allowing yourself to wash yourself from any moral hazard for financial responsibility) ....Oh wait....
      Basil Exposition
      • 1 Year Ago
      A good twist on this would be to open it up to Caravan and Journey and market it to expecting couples as an alternative to a baby shower registry. I gotta imagine a family car would be pretty high on the need list for most expectant couples. In my case, we had a roadster and a 2 door Wrangler sitting in the garage when I found out my wife was pregnant. If I knew I could buy a base Journey and have friends and family upgrade it in lieu of stupid baby booties and stuffed animals, I probably would have jumped on that. With the amount of money people spent on stupid baby crap for us, we could have had a pretty nicely tricked out family hauler!
        Daniel D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        Maybe should have asked people to not buy stupid crap for you as you were never going to appreciate it or the gesture. They would have saved money and you could deal with your first world problems about having two cars and really wanting one.
        Michelle Prieur
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        Wow. Just wow. I hope you don't raise your child with the same ungrateful attitude you have.
      RocketRed
      • 1 Year Ago
      The problem with this idea is that it requires an individual to advertise on Facebook, Twitter etc, his or her \"desire to own a new Dodge Dart.\" That\'s the kind of thing your only tell your therapist.
      wilkegm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Perhaps the kiddies should try to crowdsource.... A JOB!
      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think the idea of a wedding registry is to buy household items that a new couple would find useful. A new car ranks pretty low on that list, and your crowdsource relatives would probably cringe. People with old/dying cars could be exceptions, but if you can't afford a decent car you should probably tone down your wedding too.
        JDam4131
        • 1 Year Ago
        @superchan7
        Maybe a great example of people biting off more than they can chew, now turning to family and friends for a buck? I can understand employment hardships but a handful of people are just lazy.
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