Accident history is very important when buying a car in the UAE. It gives you clarity over the history of the vehicle, providing assurance for you and your family that the car you’re buying is safe and reliable.
It’s also useful when selling your car as it gives the buyer insight into the vehicle’s history to persuade them that it’s a good purchase. When selling your car, you should state what is damaged and what has been fixed on the vehicle.
In this guide, we’ll show you how to check car accident history in UAE — essential reading for anyone buying or selling a car.
How to check car accident history in the UAE for free
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
To check the car accident history, you’ll need the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), also known as the Chassis number. This number can be found on the registration card of the vehicle.
If you are buying a car and the seller refuses to give you the VIN number, do not buy the vehicle. If the number has been scratched off, removed or altered anywhere, stay away from this vehicle.
Where to check the car accident history
Checking for an accident on the Emirates Vehicle Gate & Ministry Of Interior websites is easy and free of charge.
How to check car accident history via Emirates Vehicle Gate (EVG)
Before you get started, you need the following:
- VIN number or chassis number of the vehicle. Can be found on your car registration card or check out our guide here.
- An account on EVG (not required, but will give more information)
Please note that this website will only give information about vehicles that have been registered in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al-Khaimah and Fujairah. Vehicles registered in Dubai are not on EVG’s database. If a vehicle was registered in any of the six emirates and then transferred to Dubai as well, the information is lost and you won’t get the accident history.
Step-by-step guide to checking car accident history through EVG
- Visit the EVG website and either login or use the Quick Search function. In this guide, we used Quick Search. (Note, for privacy reasons, VIN numbers and report numbers have been blurred out.)
2. Click search and you’ll be shown a new screen with a list of the vehicle’s reported accidents like this:
If there are no reported accidents, you’ll see this:
If the vehicle has been in more than one accident, you can toggle through the accident report via the ‘Plus’ and ‘Minus’ buttons at the top.
How to check car accident history in UAE via the Ministry of Interior (MOI)
Before we get started, you’ll need the following documents:
- VIN Number or chassis number. Can be found on the car registration card or for other locations, click here.
As with EVG, the MOI website only works with vehicles that have been registered in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al-Khaimah and Fujairah. However, unlike EVG, the MOI website will bring up a vehicle’s accident history even if it was registered in another emirate earlier and then transferred to Dubai.
If a vehicle has been under a Dubai registration since the start, the MOI website will not bring up any data. Vehicles that have been imported from the US, Japan or Europe and have not been registered at least once will also show no results.
Step-by-step guide to checking car accident history through MOI
- Visit the MOI website and enter the VIN number of the vehicle you want to check. (Note for privacy reasons, report numbers and VIN numbers have been blurred out in the example images.)
2. Once you’ve put the VIN number in, hit search and your results will be displayed. If there are no reported accidents, the website will reflect that and look like this:
If there are any reported accidents, the website will show how many accidents, where the accidents happened, the accident report number and more:
How To Check Vehicle Accident History In Dubai?
The easiest way to check if a car has been in an accident is to call the Dubai Police helpline number. In addition, one can also use the RTA’s Technical Vehicle Status Certificate service. This certificate provides users with important data about the condition of the vehicle, insurance history, accident history, vehicle owner history and more. The service costs AED 120.
Checking car history in the UAE is as easy as that! Do you have any other helpful tips to share with the community? Let us know in the comments below.
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