Buying & Selling A Car

Aside from the horrendous traffic, the UAE is a motorist’s dream. Petrol is cheap, big engines are considered cool and the wide motorways stretching across the country are perfect for weekend drives.

Most of the major car makes are available through franchised dealerships in Dubai, especially big Japanese and American brands. New vehicles are surprisingly affordable too. A new BMW 3-series in Dubai is likely to cost around 20% less than the same car in the UK.

Buying a used car
There is a large second-hand car market in the UAE. Good areas to start are Sheikh Zayed Road and Warsan, behind Ras Al Khor. Expect to pay a premium of between Dhs.5,000 and Dhs.10,000 for buying through a dealer (as opposed to buying from a private seller), since they also offer a limited warranty, insurance, finance and vehicle registration.

The Al Awir complex houses several smaller used-car dealers and it’s easy to spend a whole day walking around the lots speaking with salesmen. Al Awir is also the location for Golden Bell Auctions, with sales held each Wednesday evening. All cars up for auction have to undergo a test at the nearby Eppco Tasjeel garage, and all outstanding fines will have been cleared. There’s a Traffic Department office on the site so buyers can register their new vehicles on the spot. For private sales, check the classifieds in Gulf News and Khaleej Times and supermarket noticeboards. Online sites such as and expat forums such as are also useful.

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