Accident history is very important when buying a car in the UAE. It gives you clarity for you and your family knowing that the vehicle you are buying is safe and reliable.
It’s also useful when selling your car, as it gives the buyer insight into the vehicle they are buying.
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 in anywhere, DO NOT BUY THE VEHICLE.
Check our guide on how to find a VIN number on any vehicle.
When selling your car with any form of damage, you must right state when selling what is damaged and what has been fixed on the vehicle. Not disclosing the information can land you in some hot water.
In this guide, we’ll show you how to check accident history in UAE and we encourage all our readers to check accident history before buying a car.
How to check car accident history in UAE?
You can check car accident history via a number of websites in the UAE and they are as follows;
For this guide, we’ll use the Emirates Vehicle Gate and the Ministry of Interior as they cover all Emirates.
The two services we used to check are free of charge.
How to check car accident history via Emirates Vehicle Gate (EVG)
Before we get started, you need the following;
- VIN 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)
Visit this website and either log in 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.
Hit search, and you’ll be shown a new screen with a list of reported accidents the vehicle number you have searched for has been in. If there are no reported accidents, you’ll see this;
If the VIN number you are searching for has had an accident, the website will show this;
If the vehicle has been in more than one accident, you can toggle the accident report via the ‘Plus’ and ‘Minus’ buttons at the top.
Note that this website will only give information about vehicles registered that have been registered in the UAE at least once in any Emirate. Newly imported vehicles will not display any results.
How to check car accident history in UAE via Ministry of Interior (MOI)
Before we get started, you’ll need the following documents;
- VIN Number. Can be found on the car registration card or for other locations, click here.
Visit this website, enter the VIN number of the vehicle you want to check. Note for privacy reasons, report numbers and VIN numbers have been blurred out.
Once you’ve put VIN number in, hit search and your results will be displayed. If there are no reported accidents, the website will reflect that and show like this.
If there are any reported accidents, the website will show how many accidents, where the accidents happened, report number and more.
As with EVG, the MOI website only works with vehicles that have been registered in the UAE at least once. Vehicles that have been imported from the US, Japan or Europe and have not been registered will show no results.
And it’s as easy as that. Got any other helpful tips to share with the community? Let us know in the comments below.
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