I recently registered a used car I had bought from a friend and thought – hmmmm….
That seemed quite painless. So thought I would write it up for anyone out there that is a bit daunted by buying a secondhand car and registering it.
First of all you need to buy a car, if you buy a new one then I guess the dealer will do everything for you, and no doubt if you buy a used one from a dealer they will again
do the registration for you. However, the cost of cars from a dealer is often thousands of dirhams more than from a private seller – so as long as you are sure of the car then this is the way to go to save money.
As the buyer you must be a resident of the UAE.
The seller should be present.
You can use the Dubai police website
to check to see if there are any fines to be paid on the vehicle. I always think that if someone has looked after a car there will not be many fines on it.
Next step is getting all the paper work together, you’ll need:
1. Passport (original plus copy) or Dubai driving license (original).
2. Insurance policy, this is weird but you need to insure the car first, in some cases it is possible to transfer the old policy.
3. If the car is financed through a bank take the documents with you including a “no objection letter” if applicable.
4. Old registration card – if it has expired you will need to get it tested at the traffic dept or at Tasjeel Eppco or Emarat Shamil or Wasel car testing. For locations check their websites.
5). Original licence plates – which should still be on the car.
Ok so now we have the docs it’s time to transfer the ownership.
1. Go to Dubai Traffic Dept or to Tasjeel Eppco, or Emarat Shamil or Wasel Car Testing.
2. Fill in the form and pay the fees – which is pretty straightforward and the guy behind the desk knew what he was doing.
3. The seller would have to pay any outstanding fines.
4. Put new plates on your car.
5. Send copy of registration card to your finance and insurance company.
The RTA website
would no doubt have more info.