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Many thanks for all the great advice and info. My dilemma is simply that the depreciation on my car if I sell it in the states is about what it would cost me to ship it here and keep it. So I break even. I'll start looking at what's available here and come to some sort of conclusion. Thanks again for the help!
I am also considering shipping my car (2006 Honda Accord) to the UAE from California because it is not a good time to sell cars in the US right now (I would lose a lot of money).

What did you end up doing? Did you ship it? If so, how much was the import duty (percentage)? And the shipping cost? Any other costs? In other words, was it worth it?

Thanks much!

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For those of you that have shipped there cars to Dubai/UAE, can you share how much total did it cost you and what kind of car was it?

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We shipped two luxury cars to Dubai (M. Benz and R. Rover) last year from the US and it was much smarter for us than buying new cars here. Personally, I found the prices of cars a fair amount higher than in the US, so it made financial sense in our case. Shipping in containers was about $4,000 per car from the East Coast and it is probably less now. Duty is 5% of the wholesale value. We also paid a local company to handle the clearance through customs, inspection, registration, and getting insurance, so it was an easy process. That added about another $800 to the cost.

Also, there is absolutely no problem with a US spec car in this climate unless you are bringing over a 20+ year old car. A modern US spec car is built to handle places like Houston, Miami, Arizona, Las Vegas, and the Mojave Desert, so no worries. There are also no restrictions on selling a US spec car here and they are often for sale in the papers

With little to no job security in Dubai these days, it probably doesn't make sense to buy a new or used car over here and several of my colleagues have been renting cars on a monthly basis. That probably makes the most financial sense as there is no maintenance, depreciation, or insurance expenses. With the used car market depressed here and rentals cheap due to the drop in tourism, it might be an option to look into. If you are merely going to break even by shipping, then I would sell your car in the US and rent one for a while here until you make it through your probation period.


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Dubai Hokie - The cost you quoted, is that per car or total you paid for both cars?

My scenario is a little different, I lease a car through Toyota so If I ship it to Dubai, I will have to buy the car at the end of lease if i don't want to bring it back. That is all after, if Toyota does not have any restriction on exporting cars that are under lease.

Does anyone know that the cars sold in Midwest (Chicago) are built to handle hot humid weather?

Thanks all.

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Since you are leasing, that's a major problem as it is highly unlikely that you can export the car from the US as you are not the owner and your name is not on the car's title. Of course, if you turn it in early then you are still liable for the entire balance of remaining payments on your lease term and it is highly doubtful you will get any credit for turning it in early. You'll have to check your lease agreement for particulars.

The only way out is to sell it and make up the difference or buy it outright from the leasing company and then ship it, or if you really get lucky, find someone to assume the lease (if allowed by your leasing agreement). Most of the time it doesn't make sense to ship a car if it is not a luxury car due to expense. The cheapest method to ship is "roll on, roll off" and your car would be driven on the cargo ship and then driven off at the destination port, but it is likely to get scratched up since it is not in a container. The other problem is you are a long way from an Ocean port in Chicago which will add to the cost of shipping. As painful as it might be, based on your particular situation I think you're much better off getting rid of the car in the US and then renting or buying used in Dubai.

Any US spec car newer than say 1990 will have no trouble with the climate in Dubai.


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Yes i will first have to make economic sense out of it .

But if the car is leased, the lessee and lessor both get listed on the title.

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We shipped two luxury cars to Dubai (M. Benz and R. Rover) last year from the US and it was much smarter for us than buying new cars here. Personally, I found the prices of cars a fair amount higher than in the US, so it made financial sense in our case. Shipping in containers was about $4,000 per car from the East Coast and it is probably less now. Duty is 5% of the wholesale value. We also paid a local company to handle the clearance through customs, inspection, registration, and getting insurance, so it was an easy process. That added about another $800 to the cost.

Also, there is absolutely no problem with a US spec car in this climate unless you are bringing over a 20+ year old car. A modern US spec car is built to handle places like Houston, Miami, Arizona, Las Vegas, and the Mojave Desert, so no worries. There are also no restrictions on selling a US spec car here and they are often for sale in the papers

With little to no job security in Dubai these days, it probably doesn't make sense to buy a new or used car over here and several of my colleagues have been renting cars on a monthly basis. That probably makes the most financial sense as there is no maintenance, depreciation, or insurance expenses. With the used car market depressed here and rentals cheap due to the drop in tourism, it might be an option to look into. If you are merely going to break even by shipping, then I would sell your car in the US and rent one for a while here until you make it through your probation period.
Can you provide the name and contact number (or web address) of the company you used to handle the clearance through customs, inspection, registration, and getting insurance? I am moving to Dubai and want to ship a car, but I am having alot of trouble getting straight answers on what is required to import, register and plate an imported car.

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Some basic process for importing a US car from in to Dubai.

Just pay the 5% and go through the standard registration process for an imported car.

At customs, the car is cleared by your handling agent. You pay the 5% and get the green registration slip.
You need to take the car to Tasjeel on a recovery truck for inspection of chassis number etc, and they will give you a registration. Then its the same as registering locally (i.e, get insurance, etc).

The only thing you should check with the custom handling agent is what is required for the import custom clearance. I believe they want to see the ownership papers and bill of lading from where it is exported. Question is the ownership papers have to be in your name or could it be just the car dealer in US. I would guess it to be safer to get it registered in your name in US and then export it, as then there's no ambiguity. As you are based in California you may check out Universal Relocations, LLC who have their office in Bay Area and also in Dubai who can do a good job for you taking care of all destination services. Just drop them a mail [email protected] and you can get a free estimate.

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I am also considering shipping my car (2006 Honda Accord) to the UAE from California because it is not a good time to sell cars in the US right now (I would lose a lot of money).

What did you end up doing? Did you ship it? If so, how much was the import duty (percentage)? And the shipping cost? Any other costs? In other words, was it worth it?

Thanks much!

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sell your car, move to dubai and then buy a used or a new one out here. used ones are pretty cheap these days and new ones cost the same(maybe a bit more expensive) as in the US.

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hello all
does anybody know that if i bring a car to dubai, lets say a GM car, the warranty is valid there or not?

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