Even though most of us would love to purchase new vehicles, very few can afford getting a car straight from the showroom. The new Value Added Tax in the UAE has made it even harder for people in this country to buy new vehicles. Even though buying a used vehicle might seem like a cheaper option, it can actually turn into a financial nightmare if you purchase a lemon. The little money you have saved on the purchase will be drained at the mechanic’s.
This is one of the reasons why RTA has introduced the new Vehicle Condition Certificate. This certificate describes important details of the car you are about to buy and will be availed to car buyers who need to know the condition of secondhand vehicles that they intend to purchase.
The Vehicle Condition Certificate issued by the RTA includes details such as the mileage of the vehicle and the list of previous owners as well as the condition during the last annual test. It also includes how many times the vehicle has been impounded, hence revealing whether the driver was careful or not.
In addition, the actual condition of the vehicle is discussed in detail, allowing the customers to know the value of the vehicle before buying it. Despite the importance of this service, it is not guaranteed to every car buyer because the owner of the car must consent to the disclosure. If you want to obtain this information, you have to make a request it from the RTA who will then seek permission from the vehicle owner.
The Vehicle Condition Certificate is available for all vehicles including imports from Asian, European and American vehicle markets. RTA has gone ahead to collaborate with major used car dealerships in this service to ensure that they give accurate information for imported vehicles from these countries. This will ensure that buyers are not duped into purchasing lemons that have been involved in serious accidents and pimped outside to hide major mechanical faults. In order to access this service you will have to pay AED. 160.
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Dubai: Used car buyers can now get history of the vehicle they want to buy through a new service launched by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Sunday.
The new service called ‘Vehicle Condition Certificate’ offers the applicants detailed information of the vehicle such as the distance it has clocked, its previous owners, its condition during the last annual test, how many times it was impounded if any etc.
Also, read our checklist of factors to check before buying a second-hand car.
“The launch of the ‘Vehicle Condition Certificate’ service is an excellent addition to the licensing services on offer. It provides clients with essential detailed information available with the RTA about the vehicle condition,” said Sultan Al Marzooqi, Director of Vehicles Licensing at RTA’s Licensing Agency.
He added that the service can be availed only with the consent of the owner, which has to be confirmed to the RTA through a text message including a Pin Code.
“Upon fulfilling this requirement, the customer can avail the service by entering the chassis number of the used vehicle through RTA website (www.rta.ae). The RTA will then inform the customer about the possibility of getting the vehicle details from the RTA for a fee of Dh100 per certificate,” said Al Marzooqi.
He said that 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 imported to the UAE from American, European and Asian countries.
“We can furnish interested clients with information about any vehicle imported from abroad against additional fees,” said Al Marzooqi.
For Dh100, buyers can get details such as distance covered, type of vehicle, condition during annual testing.
Dubai & Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched a & Vehicle Condition Certificate & service, which will provide important historical information about the vehicle to buyers of used cars.
The certificate will provide details such as distance covered in kilometres, type and validity of insurance, details of impoundment, type of vehicle, owner and condition during annual testing, and other relevant information.
Such information can only be released upon the consent of the owner, which has to be confirmed to the RTA through a text message including a pin code. Upon fulfilling this requirement, the customer can avail the service by entering the chassis number of the used vehicle through RTA website. The RTA will then inform the customer about the possibility of getting the vehicle details from the RTA for a fee of Dh100 per certificate.
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.