GUIDE TO SELL ANY USED CAR IN DUBAI

Purnika Anand
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Every car owner may someday decide to sell their used car. The reason can be getting extra cash or upgrading to a higher-segment car. However, selling a used car can be tiring, especially if you are unprepared for the process or have not conducted adequate research. There are many details to consider before making a decision. So, if you are unsure how to sell used cars in the UAE and want to learn the process, we have you covered!

Here is our step-by-step guide on how to sell a used car in the UAE at its best value.

Things to sort out before selling a car

Before starting a car selling process, you should clarify a few things to ensure a smooth sale. Here is a checklist you can review:

1.   Remove the Salik tag

On installation, Salik tags allow you to pass the toll gates in the UAE. However, you must remove the Salik tag before selling your vehicle to a new buyer. If the buyer continues using your tag, you may lose the balance in your Salik account as the tags get registered in the individual’s name.

2.   Clear outstanding fines or loans

You should pay off all the pending fines such as speeding, parking tickets, or any other incurred penalty. Additionally, if you have bought the car on loan, consider clearing outstanding bank loans on your vehicle before selling it, or the RTA department will not allow you to transfer the vehicle ownership.

3.   Inspect your car

You should run an RTA inspection before transferring a car to a new owner. The RTA does not pass a vehicle with worn-down tires, brakes, or other signs of damage. Consider testing your car, check every part of a vehicle for minor and major repairs and get those resolved earlier to avoid failing inspection.

Read More: Inspection checklist for buying a used car in the UAE

4.   Check with car insurance

Before selling a car, you must cancel or transfer your insurance to the new buyer. However, transferring the insurance is only possible when your vehicle has at least seven months remaining on your current insurance. You can also ask for a refund only if your policy states that seven or more months are outstanding.

5.   Service and clean your car

Ultimately, get a car cleaning and servicing done by professionals to ensure fuel efficiency, better mileage, low risk of breaking down, and get the best price at the time of exchange.

Three ways to sell a car in Dubai

There are many ways of selling your used car, but if you want to make it happen quickly, consider the following methods:

1. Sell your car to a car buying company

Many car-buying businesses directly purchase a car from you without extra effort. All you need to do is to check the car value on the website, book an appointment for inspection if you agree with the price, and sign their RTA-approved sales vehicle agreement. Once the deal is locked, you get the funds through a cheque or bank transfer.

Pros:

-      You will receive money through your preferred mode of payment like cash, cheque, or a bank transfer

- The company takes care of your entire paperwork

- It saves your time and money

Cons:

-      The company will give you a fair price, but it may not be the best

-      They don’t buy cars that are heavily damaged or don’t work

2.   Trade your car

Another option to sell your car is trading it at the dealership. Here, you can hire traders to sell your car and ask them to find potential buyers who would offer the best value. Since many dealerships in the UAE offer this service, you do not have to waste time and money on advertising and the selling process. It is only a matter of hours as you need to meet the buyer only once. The car dealer can also help you with the paperwork if you miss a crucial document.

Pros:

- It takes less time to trade your used car.

- You don’t have to be without a transport system as the dealer can arrange it for you.

- Directly approach the auto dealers and crack the deal.

- Dealer can help you with paperwork.

Cons:

- Your vehicle will be sold on a consignment basis.

- They may offer a low trade-in price.

- You can’t trade a car purchased via bank or if there is an outstanding amount pending.

3.   Sell a car online privately

If you don’t want to waste your valuable time in the lengthy car selling process, selling it yourself is an option. Here, you don’t need to involve traders or dealers in the process. You can post advertisements on different online car marketplaces or platforms with digital pictures and unique vehicle features. These marketplaces connect you to millions of buyers and help you sell your car quickly for a great price and at a minimal cost.

Pros:

- You get all the money from the sale

- You get the best value for your vehicle or close to it

- There is no involvement of additional parties

-       A wider pool of potential buyers

-       Involves lesser cost

Cons:

- You have to manage everything by yourself.

- It can be challenging to cooperate with buyers and schedule times and dates accordingly

- If you sell your car privately, you might need to be without a vehicle for some time until you buy a new one.

How to list your used car for the right price

You can get a car valuation before listing it on car-selling websites. It will provide you with the price estimate for your car straight away, allowing you to sell the car at the best value. Also, make sure you wash the car, clean it properly and take clear pictures from all sides to post them online. Here are some examples of car advertisement photos.

From Left

From Right

Rear Left

Selling a car may be a little challenging, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. You can find your way to simplify it with the proper guidance and valuable tips. If you are looking for the easiest and most secure way to sell your car, look no further! Contact us at CARS24 and list your used car on our website to find potential buyers and the best value for your vehicle.

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