Buying a car in Dubai
The cost of purchasing a car in Dubai is cheaper than most other countries as there are massive savings to be made on tax. The roads in Dubai are full of brand new sporty, top end luxury cars and even the old cars are new by most countries standards. Many expats opt to buy a 4×4 in Dubai as fuel wise they are cheap to run, for servicing labor is not expensive and if you plan to go off-road or in to the desert it is the most practical vehicle to have. Dealers showrooms are located all around Dubai.
For second-hand cars there are many car dealers who have a good selection. If you want to buy a privately owned car you can look through the adverts in the newspapers’ ‘Classifieds’ section or on the notice boards of Choithram and Spinneys that have adverts for cars for sale - use your due diligence when buying privately. All cars at Al Awir & Ras Al Khor car complex have been tested by EPPCO Tasjeel before they are sold. Ask the seller to get the car inspected prior to purchase. Inspection fees cost 150-300AED and you should book an appointment for an inspection. You can take the car to EPPCO Tasjeel Centre or a dealer. If the seller is not willing to let you get an inspection use your common sense. Second-hand cars from dealers: - if you purchase through a dealer you will have to pay their commission of around 5000AED. This commission usually includes a limited warranty, insurance, registration fee. Second-hand dealers usually have arrangements with insurers and banks so it is a simple procedure to sign up and can take no more than couple of days to arrange. In order to get financing you must have a valid Dubai driving licence and a regular income. Your loan amount will depend on the salary you receive. Ask the dealer what limit you can get for the salary you receive.
To purchase a car you will need the following documents:
Copy of your passport
Copy of your residency visa
Original + a copy of your driving licence
If you need financing for the car you will also need: Salary certificate signed and stamped from your employer confirming the amount you receive Salary Transfer letter from your employer confirming they will pay your salary in to an account with the Bank providing financing for you. (Many dealers usually have arrangements with banks to arrange financing – check with them the services they offer)
If you are purchasing a company car you will need to produce a copy of the valid trade licence.