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carpediem 6th June 2008 12:33 PM

Importing car to Dubai
 
I'm moving to Dubai from the U.S. and I'm considering shipping my car. I've heard, however, that if I import a U.S. Spec car into Dubai, I won't be able to sell it, and I'll have to take it with me when I leave. Can anyone tell me if this is true?

Ogri750 6th June 2008 02:30 PM

I have plenty of cars for sale advertised as US spec, so not sure of any sell on issues.

I'm sure someone will be able to give a more difinitive answer

cairogal 6th June 2008 04:24 PM

As a buyer I would prefer a car w/ Gulf specs OR a if it was a US import, then a car that had been made for the southern US market.

qwert97 6th June 2008 08:40 PM

as per my research the cars are cheaper in the UAE. Unless you have a brand new car, I would consider selling my existing car and buying a new one.

Elphaba 7th June 2008 02:59 PM

Sounds like an a lot of effort & costly. Cars are not expensive here so why bother?

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Shuja 9th June 2008 10:32 AM

Just like Ogri mentioned, there are quite a few US specs vehicle available here in emirates. By the Way, if you do plan to sell your car, then my recommendation would be to try to sell it in states & then buy a new one here, unless until you own a gas hog which might be a pain to sell in states right now.

Mick-1 9th June 2008 07:48 PM

It's not really a good idea to bring a car here. As the tempratures go upto 120 degrees in the summer, your car has to be able to cope. The Gulf spec cars have bigger radiators and more powerful ACs.
I personally wouldn't buy an American spec car here.
Mick

cairogal 9th June 2008 07:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mick-1 (Post 31243)
It's not really a good idea to bring a car here. As the tempratures go upto 120 degrees in the summer, your car has to be able to cope. The Gulf spec cars have bigger radiators and more powerful ACs.
I personally wouldn't buy an American spec car here.
Mick

There are American cars built for climates not so different from the UAE;s. Imagine that cars sold in markets like Houston, TX have to come w/ specs similar to the Gulf specs. There are also Emiratis bringing models back from the US that are not sold in the UAE. That said, the only reason I can see for bringing a car is if it was some special model that you couldn't part with.

carpediem 15th June 2008 02:36 PM

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!

ADovidoff 24th December 2008 02:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by carpediem (Post 30826)
I'm moving to Dubai from the U.S. and I'm considering shipping my car. I've heard, however, that if I import a U.S. Spec car into Dubai, I won't be able to sell it, and I'll have to take it with me when I leave. Can anyone tell me if this is true?

You need to register your car in Dubai, but you will definetly be able to sell it whenever you want. It'd be a disaster if they made me take back home. I shipped my car to Dubai using West Coast Shipping wcshipping com and they took care of all the documentation on the US side. They speciliaze on shipping autos around the worlds and will be able to help you.


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