May 16, 2022

To buy a car in dubai, you must have a UAE license, to get a UAE license you must have residency, you must also show residency to register your car.

Yes, cars are cheap in UAE compared to list price in UK or USA. Yes, fuel and maintenance costs are also much more affordable and yes, there are many new and used car dealerships in Dubai that offer many options.

But that’s where the simplicity of the operation ends. If you are in the market for a vehicle, this guide to “how to buy a car in Dubai” should help you save time and stress when it comes to understanding the ins and outs of the purchasing, insurance and registration processes.

Firstly, do you have a residence visa for Dubai? Otherwise, you will not be able to buy a car and may stop reading this article until you have your residency visa in place.

If you’ve managed to organize all the paperwork and are officially a resident, your next choice is “new or used” when it comes to the vehicle of your choice.

The car to buy: old or new?

New cars are cheap, used cars are obviously cheaper – and in some cases much cheaper. As expatriate turnover is quite high and, in some cases, fast, you will find that there are some real bargains to be had when it comes to nearly new cars.

If you want a new one, there are many dealers who sell top Japanese and American brands, for example, and as the cost of a car can be up to a third of what you would pay for a similar vehicle in the UK, most people they get excited when they realize they can ‘easily’ buy something really cool.

But before taking advantage of this, you need to be a resident of Dubai.

But if you just let your dreams of new wheels stand for a moment, let’s explain why in relative terms you can get even more for your money when you buy a used car.

Buying a Car at an Auction in Dubai

You can also buy used cars at an auction in Dubai – and Al Awir is home to one of the largest auction houses, Golden Bell Auctions. The good thing about auctions is that all cars have to pass a vehicle inspection and you can register your purchase there and then at the Traffic Department’s office. The bad thing is that the buyer is careful because you have no guarantees or warranties, so you should take someone who knows about the cars before you start bidding.

This actually applies to all used cars, because even in garages that offer you a limited warranty and / or replacement period, it is better to make sure that the car has everything you need before you have any cold hard money to buy hand over. Financing Your Car Purchase Some new and used car dealerships offer you financing if you are unable to purchase a car for cash. The transaction is negotiated with their preferred bank, but you may find that you can get a better rate on the loan from your bank.


So study the financing carefully, and if you take financing from the car company, they may want to hand them a full handful of checks with a date to cover each payment (meaning ‘why not set up a direct debit’) .
Remember what we said in a previous article on rules and laws in Dubai where we emphasized the fact that refusing checks is a crime that can get you in big trouble. If you accept this method of giving checks in advance, make sure each one is cleaned when the time comes.

Transfer of ownership of a vehicle.

If you buy a used car in Dubai, you will have to transfer ownership of the vehicle. To do this, you and the previous owner must go to the Traffic Police and fill out a registration form, as well as a car registration card, insurance certificate, all information from the previous financial company that there is no outstanding debt and submit car license. Plate. You will pay about 20 Dhs, and both you and the seller must have passports and residence permits and their copies with you.


Car insurance in Dubai For insurance you only need normal information about the car such as make, model, chassis number and so on. As in most countries, insurers have no end in sight. You will most likely be guided by price or personal recommendation – but do not forget to see who will be covered by the police to drive the vehicle, because sometimes spouses are not involved. Also, make sure that ‘bloody money’ cover is paid to the victim’s family if you accidentally kill someone on the road. Due to the dire driving situation in the UAE, you may want to get full compensation with personal accident insurance included.

Car registration in Dubai.

With insurance, you can register a car. This must be done every year, and for every month that is late with re-registration after one month of waiting, you will be penalized. If you are buying a new car, your dealer should help with registration, and many used dealerships will help. But if you’re buying directly from a supplier, here’s what you need to know. Cars older than 2 years must first be tested before they can be registered, for example there is a testing center in Ras al Khor, or if you choose Emarat or EPPCO, for a fee they will actually pick up your car, test it, register it and return you it – all without problems.

You will need to bring a valid insurance certificate, registration card, sales contract and vehicle transfer documents if applicable. You will have to pay the registration in cash, but before you do, all outstanding vehicle traffic fines will be described in detail and you must pay them.


And finally, as is almost always the case in Dubai, there are those who will take the hassle out of the whole process for you if you want to buy a car in Dubai. Look around for companies like AAA that offer registration services – their fees are small compared to the amount of time and stress they will save you.

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