Dubai and its residents are generally enthusiastic about cars. As a result, car sales are on an upward spiral. Irrespective of whether you’re looking to buy a new or a used vehicle, there are certain documents you need to have in order to complete the purchase.
When buying a new car, you’ll need to provide the following documents:
- Emirates ID or passport
- Residence visa (if applicable)
- Driving license
- Proof of income (such as a salary certificate or bank statement)
- Proof of address (such as a utility bill or rental contract)
When buying a used car, in addition to the above documents, you’ll also need to provide the following:
- The car’s registration card (also known as the “Vehicle Registration Card”)
- The car’s service history
- A valid GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) warranty (if applicable)
- A valid roadworthy certificate
- It’s also important to note that when buying a used car, the seller will need to transfer the car’s registration to your name at the RTA (Roads and Transport Authority) before the sale can be completed.
Here is a further clarification on each of the aforementioned documents:
- Emirates ID or passport: This is required to verify your identity as the buyer of the vehicle.
- Residence visa (if applicable): If you are not a citizen of the UAE, you will need to provide a copy of your residence visa to show that you are legally allowed to reside in Dubai.
- Driving license: You will need to provide a valid driving license to show that you are legally allowed to drive a vehicle in Dubai.
- Proof of income: This is required to show that you have the financial means to purchase the vehicle. This can include a salary certificate from your employer or a bank statement showing your income.
- Proof of address: This is required to show that you have a permanent address in Dubai. This can include a utility bill, rental contract, or other official documents that show your address.
- The car’s registration card: Also known as the “Vehicle Registration Card,” this document shows the current registration and ownership of the vehicle. It is important to check that the registration card matches the car you are buying and that the seller is the legal owner of the vehicle.
- The car’s service history: This is a record of all the maintenance and repairs that have been done on the vehicle during its previous ownership. It’s important to check this to ensure that the vehicle has been well-maintained and that any major issues have been addressed.
- A valid GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) warranty (if applicable): If the vehicle is still under warranty, it is important to check that the warranty is valid and that it covers the vehicle in the UAE.
- A valid roadworthy certificate: This is a certificate issued by the RTA that verifies that the vehicle is in a roadworthy condition and fit for use on Dubai roads.
- Car Insurance: In Dubai, it is mandatory to have car insurance, so as a buyer, you will also need to arrange for car insurance coverage before you can take possession of the vehicle.
- Outstanding debts, fines or parking tickets: You can check if the car has any outstanding debts, fines or parking tickets by checking the RTA’s website. It’s important to clear any outstanding debts or fines before completing the purchase to avoid any issues at a later stage.
Overall, buying a new or used car in Dubai requires a bit of paperwork, but as long as you have all the necessary documents, the process should be relatively straightforward.