Selling or Leasing a Vehicle in Dubai

Information on how to sell a car or other vehicle in Dubai, including details of how to advertise and which documents are needed, as well as details on leasing options...

Anyone who has a vehicle to sell can choose to advertise it in a number of places including the Gulf News and Khaleej Times, as well as on the websites listed here.

Once a buyer has been found, it is a good idea to check that they have a valid UAE residency visa and Dubai driving licence, and can therefore proceed with the purchase.

The seller must accompany the buyer to the registration centre to complete the legal transfer of the vehicle. It is the seller's responsibility to ensure that they have paid any fines associated with it, and to obtain written clearance of any financial arrangements before the vehicle changes hands.

It is possible to see any outstanding fines on theĀ Dubai Police website. The buyer may also insist that the vehicle undergoes inspection or testing if the car does not have a valid certificate of roadworthiness. In any case, a vehicle cannot be registered under a new owner's name without a valid test certificate.

Sellers should keep proof of the sale. This might be in the form of a photocopy of the new car registration card, which will show the new owner's name on it. Alternatively, the police can issue a deregistration certificate. Insurance companies may be reluctant to stop the insurance cover on a vehicle without this proof.


Vehicle leasing is also popular. Vehicles can be leased weekly, monthly or yearly. Most leasing companies include registration, maintenance, replacement, 24-hour assistance and insurance in their rates.

Lease companies will also ask to see a passport copy, credit card and a valid driving licence (either a Dubai licence, a valid licence from the applicant's home country, or a valid international licence).