Not just the new cars but now the used cars in Dubai will be getting certification from the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), which will include the main and historical data of the car. Analysts have predicted a rise in second-hand car sales this year in UAE and this move is aimed to improve the regulation of the country’s used cars market.
This certificate will be providing important and historical information of the car including the owner of the car, type of car, the type and validity of insurance, any cases of impounding, distance covered in kilometres and condition during annual testing. The intention of issuing this certificate is to prevent fraud or deceit sales of cars.
The cost of the certificate is set at Dhs 100 and requires the consent of the owner by sending a text to the RTA with a pin code for it to be released. If the buyer is looking to find more information about the vehicle, he/she can then go to the official website of RTA (www.rta.ae) and enter the chassis number of the car.
With the new Value Added Tax (VAT) introduction in UAE, the used cars will also be taxed at 5%. Although the tax will be calculated based on the difference between the buying price and selling price of the car.
Eligibility & Required Documents
There are no required documents, for now, to use this service except that you need a VIN number.
The customer enters the chassis number of the vehicle
The owner of the vehicle receives a confirmation code as a text message
The owner enters the received code
The customer/owner checks all details pertaining to the vehicle
The customer is required to settle the service fees by credit card
The customer receives the certificate from the website or through email.
This service also includes information about used cars in Dubai which are imported from abroad. According to RTA director of vehicle licensing, Sultan Al Marzooq:
The service also covers imported used vehicles, thanks to an online link with some international firms such as the American CARFAX and the European AUTO DNA for providing information about vehicles exported to the UAE from American, European and Asian countries.
Accordingly, we can furnish interested clients with information about any vehicle imported from abroad, rather than not locally only, against additional fees. However, the RTA is not concerned with details of some vehicles which might not be available.
This move will increase the awareness for the car buyers when buying used cars in Dubai and help avoid fraud and deception, as well as improving services for Dubai residents to the level of the Emirate of Dubai.