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Complete guide to selling a car in Dubai

Selling your car can be a stressful ordeal if you’re unsure where to start. Just as the rules of the road may vary from country to country, rules for selling your car may vary too. We’ve compiled a handy guide filled with everything you need to know to sell your car in Dubai.

In this guide we’ll cover:

- What to do before you sell
- The paperwork needed
- Where to sell your car
- Ensuring you’ve completed the correct legal procedures

Before you sell

When it comes to selling your car, the preparation before the sale is just as important as how and where you choose to sell it. By ensuring that your car looks good and is safe to drive, you will improve the chances of a quick sale and you might get more money for it too.

Cleaning your car
Whatever the condition of your car, the chances are that it will be more likely to sell if you give it a good clean beforehand. A clean, tidy, shiny car is going to look much more appealing than a dirty one.You might decide to take your car to be valeted and have someone else do the work for you. A full valet service is a good investment that will leave your car looking as good as new. But if you would rather save the cash and have a go yourself, then here are a few tips to get you started:

Cleaning the interior
The first step of cleaning the inside of your car is to take everything out, including the car mats. You will want to start by vacuuming the carpet, the seats, the boot lining and the parcel shelf. Make sure to slide the seats forwards and backwards and vacuum underneath them.If there are any stains in the seat fabric, you can use a foaming fabric cleaner and a wet cloth. Using circular motions, gently scrub the area to lift the dirt. If you have leather seats then switch to a leather cleaner and a microfiber cloth. You can then vacuum up any excess dirt.For any hard interior surfaces such as the dashboard and car door-wells, you can use an all-purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Air vents can be cleaned with a toothbrush and you can finish by adding a new car air freshener.

The exterior of your car is the first thing any potential buyer is going to see, so you should take the time to wash your car properly.

To clean the body of your car you should use car shampoo, water and a microfiber cloth. Starting from the top you should work your way down to the bottom, wiping in small circular motions. Remember to use a bucket of clean water for rinsing.

You can then move onto your windows and mirrors. For this, you should try to use a glass cleaner with no ammonia and wipe using a microfiber cloth.

When cleaning your tyres, try to make sure that you’re not splashing dirt over the rest of your clean car. Some people prefer to clean their tyres first for this reason. You will need to hose the tyres down first and then use a stiff brush to remove the dirt.

Once your car is clean, rinse well and dry with a drying towel. Do not let the car air dry or you will get a streaky finish.

Ensuring your car is in good condition
Once your car has been cleaned, you should make sure that it is in good working condition. Although have a clean car is nice, it is more important that the car works and is ready to hit the road. By investing in a few small improvements, you could increase the value of your quote. Alternatively, a car that has a number of issues will decrease in value.

Check your tyres
You should check your tyres regularly and should always try to keep a useable spare in the car. Your tyres should have plenty of tread, including on the edges of the tyres which gets worn down first. If they don’t then they’re dangerous to drive.

Check your electrics
You should go around the car and check that all of your electrics are in working order. From the air-conditioning, displays, lights and stereo to your windscreen wipers.

Check your fluids
Keeping your car fluids topped up is essential for year-round car maintenance. This is something that a prospective buyer might check over before deciding if they want to buy as it offers an indication into how well the vehicle has been kept.

Signs of no fluids could indicate problems down the line, so it is worth checking the levels of your brake fluid, coolant, engine oil, gear oil, screen wash and so on to ensure that your car runs well.

Repair any minor damage
Perhaps the reason you are selling your car is that it is a non-runner or has damage that is too costly to fix? If so, you need to include this information when you advertise/sell your car.If you notice any minor damage to your car then it could be worth repairing. A car that has been well-maintained will be more attractive to prospective buyers and have a higher value.It could be worth booking your car in for a fully comprehensive test, as most buyers will ask to get the car checked at a reputable place such as an RTA test center. That way you can check any faults that will need to be fixed before selling. What could be a small cost to you might get you more money in the long run. Remember, faults are an opportunity for buyers to haggle about the price.

Gather your documents
When preparing to sell your car in Dubai it is important that you gather all documents ready to be passed onto a new owner. Making sure that everything is together in one place will make selling your car less stressful.You will need to provide the new owner of your car with the following:

- The car registration card
- A valid Roads and Transport Authority test certificate (the buyer will likely ask to do the test on the day of transfer)
- A copy of your Emirates ID, as well as the original

The buyer must ensure that they have all the documents needed, ie: driving license, Emirates ID, passport copy and visa copy. The visa must be issued within the same Emirates that the buyer will be registering the car in.

Both the buyer and the seller must be present on the day of transfer. Keep reading for further information about the documentation needed for you to successfully complete a registration transfer and sell your car in Dubai.

Selling options

When deciding to sell your car in Dubai, you have three main options to choose from. Are you going to sell your car to a car dealer, a car buying company or sell it privately?

Selling to a car dealer
The main difference between selling to a car dealer and selling to a car buying company is that a car dealer, such as a local garage, will supply spare parts and repair vehicles onsite. Due to the lack of space and amount of work required to fix up a car, a local garage might be more selective about the type of car they wish to buy.

Selling to a car company like Sell Your Motors
A car buying company primarily deals with the buying and selling side of the business, so they will likely deal with a wider selection of cars.

No hassle
Selling to a garage or car company is a hassle-free way to sell your car and is usually the quickest option. They will organise any documentation that is required for you to sign or obtain when selling your car. You will save on the time and effort of advertising your car privately and in most cases, you won’t have to pay any fees.

Fair price
If your main priority is a fuss-free sale or you simply just want to get rid of your car, then selling to a company like Sell Your Motors could be the better option. Companies such as will offer you a fair valuation based on the age, model and condition of your car so you don’t have to worry about anything.

Selling your car privately
When selling your car privately in Dubai, it is illegal to put a for sale sign on your car to advertise it’s sale and your car could be seized as a result. If you’re going to sell your car yourself, then you will need to advertise in newspapers or magazines, on supermarket notice boards or online.

You set the asking price
One of the reasons that people choose to sell their car privately is because the amount offered from trading in is less than they were hoping for. By advertising the car for sale yourself, you can set the asking price. You could end up with more than trade in value depending on the type of car you have and where you choose to advertise it.Advertising fees
That being said, it’s worth remembering that most advertising sites will require a fee for them to list your advert. At this stage, it could be a good idea to research similar cars and find out how much they are going for. If the final price isn’t too far from the price offered by a garage or car buying company, then paying out for an advert might mean you lose money in the long run.

Selling your car privately can also be very time-consuming and takes a lot of effort. You will be asked to supply photos and detail as much information as possible for your advert. Once your advert is up and running, you will have to wait for people to contact you if they are interested. This can take time and you might meet with several potential buyers before making a sale.

Negotiating a price
Another tip is to expect to be haggled down on price. As the saying goes, ‘if you don’t ask you don’t get’. It’s worth making a note of the lowest offer you would accept, just in case. Be aware that when advertising a car for sale, many people will mark-up their asking price with the expectation of a potential buyer haggling with them.The key to selling your car privately is to be realistic. The used car market is huge so if you want your car to sell, you have to offer a competitive price. You should do your research and find out how much similar cars are selling for.

The legal stuff

Not only can driving rules differ from one country to the next but there are different rules that apply when selling your car too. Here are a few things to consider when you sell your car in Dubai:

Selling a car that is financed

If you have a car that is currently on finance, you will need to clear any outstanding payments. Once you have settled your finance, your bank will send out an automated text message to the owner of the car and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). Without this confirmation, the owner cannot transfer ownership of a financed car.

This can make selling your car very tricky and time-consuming. For this reason, selling to a company like Sell Your Motors is the best option.

Passing the roadworthiness inspection
To sell any car in Dubai, your vehicle will have to pass the RTA’s annual roadworthiness inspection. This can be carried out at any of the RTA test centers, ie: Tasjeel center. If you are confident that your vehicle will pass then you can do this on the day of ownership transfer. Certificates are valid for up to 30 days once your car has passed the inspection.Paperwork
Once you have sold your car, you will need to complete some paperwork to notify the RTA that you no longer own the car. The criteria for the paperwork may vary depending on if you sell your car to a dealer, a car buying company or sell your car privately. You will also need to remember to remove your salik tag and cancel it, to avoid any future fines.

Selling to a car buying company such as Sell Your Motors
If you sell to a reputable car buying company that is authorised by the RTA they will sort out all of the paperwork for you and make the car selling process quicker and easier. When selling your car to a car buying company, you will need to take the following documentation to your appointment:

- A form of identification (Emirates ID, Driving License or Passport)
- Vehicle registration card
- For cars that are financed you will need to show your finance settlement confirmation. Alternatively, Sell Your Motors will offer to settle your finance for you once an offer has been agreed on

Selling on behalf of someone
In some cases it is possible to sell a car on behalf of someone else, such as a friend or family member. If so, you will need to take the following documentation with you to your appointment:

- All of the documents listed above
- A form of identification for both the owner and the person selling on their behalf
- A letter of authorization from the registered owner of the car (power of attorney must be offered by the notary republic of UAE). You will need to bring the original document and a paper copy

Once a sale has been made, you will either go through the documents together with a member of staff or you will be asked to sign an agreement which allows the buyer to take care of all the paperwork for you.

Selling your car privately
Selling your car privately means that you have complete control over the sale of your car. This also means that once you have made a sale, you will need to transfer the registration across to the new owner yourself.

To do this, you will need to cancel your insurance policy. The buyer will then need to get a new policy for the car. In some cases, you can transfer your insurance policy if the new owner meets the required criteria and if there are over 7 months left on the policy. It is always best to check with your insurance provider first.

To sell any car in Dubai you will need to submit a registration transfer form. To speed up the transfer process, you must bring all the relevant documents to the RTA. You will need originals and copies of the following:

- Passport and residency visa (seller and buyer)
- Emirates ID (seller and buyer)
- The car’s registration card (seller only)
- Driver’s license (buyer only)
- Certificate of car insurance (buyer only)
- AED 400-500 to cover transfer cost (buyer only)
- If you have any outstanding traffic fines or finance loans, these will payments will need to be settled before the car can be transferred to the new owner.

Why use Sell Your Motors?

30 minutes

It takes less than 30 minutes to fast track the sale of your motor - no hassle, no fuss, and no pushy sales tactics.


Our streamlined process means minimum paperwork with quick and easy transfer of vehicle ownership!

Any car

We are happy to buy any motor in any condition, that's a guarantee. What's more, we can settle any remaining finance!

Instant payment

Get cash, money transfer, or use any payment method you prefer to receive funds instantly, on the spot - it's that easy.

Getting a great deal on your motor here in Dubai can often be time consuming and tricky. At Sell Your Motors we will value your vehicle for free based on its current condition, both fairly and competitvely and give you a no obligation offer.

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