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There's been alot of questions in the salary thread and in other places about buying cars, renting cars and other driving questions.
I thought a dedicated thread would encourage centralization of knowledge, and provide a decluttering of other places.




Do I need a car in dubai.
Mavzor: Yes. That is all.

Should I rent or Buy.
Mavzor: Do you enjoy cars? Are you going to be here for more than a year?

What sort of car should I buy?
Mavzor. Might be worth your time to make a post describing what your budget is, what your usage will be, and cars you used to own.

Should I buy a used car?
Mavzor: Are you accustomed to new cars? Do you or someone you know possess mechanical knowledge/awareness?

Should I bring my car to dubai?
Mavzor: Unless it's something special to you, no.

To provide context on my responses, a major reason I moved to dubai was for the price of cars, the quality of the roads, the car culture, and the price of petrol and repairs.

There are many more questions out there, and I'd be happy to include your questions and responses. In particular I'd welcome Jynxgirl's responses among other expat regulars.

Otherwise here's a new place :)
 

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Hahahahaha.... Oh Mavzor, you are funny one.

Do I need a car in dubai.
Mavzor: Yes. That is all.
Jynxy: Depends on your circumstance. One is if you are single or a family unit. If you have to park in a parking lot at a mall and walk 15 mins over to get to your work building, then maybe the answer will be no. If your work is right next to a metro station and you live next to the metro, maybe no. If these above two you fit in, then the next thing to look at is what your weekends will be like. If you are a city person and will not venture out of dubai much, but rather go to brunches (drinking) or nights out (drinking) there is a ZERO tolerance policy so you wont use the car on the weekend. Why not use taxis or the metro and pocket that 2000 or so. Is a car nice to have though, YES :) Are cars cheap enough to rent on the weekend or the odd day you want to go to fujeirah or abu dhabi, yes. If you have a family, all the above doesnt matter, just get a car.

Should I rent or Buy.
Mavzor: Do you enjoy cars? Are you going to be here for more than a year?
Jynxy: Rent for the first month or two until you decide what your niche is going to be in the uae. Also, just taking a gander on dubizzle should make you realize that MANY people come to the UAE and decide it just isnt for you by the number of one yearish cars, household goods, and even entire everything sales. If you buy in the first few months then you decide you cant stomach the initial thought of five years of tax free desrt living, you will have to dump the vehicle.

What sort of car should I buy?
Mavzor. Might be worth your time to make a post describing what your budget is, what your usage will be, and cars you used to own.
Jynxy: If you are going to enjoy going out in the desert or going to beaches outside the city, you will most likely want a 4x4. If you are a city goer and wont be going 4x4ing, then a car might be a better option. If you live in an area with not alot of parking and you have to parallel park, might want to get a small car.


Should I buy a used car?
Mavzor: Are you accustomed to new cars? Do you or someone you know possess mechanical knowledge/awareness?
Jynxy: Even the nicest western person from your own country, could of been out dune bashing and tearing the heck out of the car, meanwhile the inside and outside of the car that you can see, looks brand new and they are telling you they have never drove the suv hard :) Even if you are mechanically inclined, suggest to take it to someone and have them put it up on a lift. If is used, check if the warranty will transfer if they are using that as a selling point. Also keep in mind that to maintain the warranty here, you usually have to take it to the dealer. The dealers have no competition so have horrible rates. If you buy new, you know what you are getting. Sometimes you are able to negotiate services in.

Should I bring my car to dubai?
Mavzor: Unless it's something special to you, no.
Jynxy: Agree mostly, no. Only if it is paid off and a luxury model that you cant sell for what it is worth without losing quite alot of money and you KNOW you are going to like it here and stay for longer then a year or is a special model that one cant get here and can sell for more then what you can buy where you are from. Harleys and sport versions of some cars come to mind. Even then, stick it with family or friends if possible for when you go home to visit or for good.
 

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Car shipping/selling from Doha to Dubai

So I am currently living in Qatar and will soon be moving to Dubai to join my fiance (we are getting married at the end of the summer), but I would like to transport my car from Doha to Dubai. I have found shipping companies, my issue is that I would like to transport it ASAP and obviously I won't have my residency visa for the UAE before September/October. So the question is :

- Can I sell the car to my future husband (who has a UAE RP) and then he would bring it to Dubai under his name? How do I proceed to sell a car in Qatar to a non resident? (Can't find that information anywhere!)

- Or else, can I ship it and leave it in Dubai in a parking (without using it obviously) until I have my RP and can get it registered (might be 3/4 months!)?

Any help would be so much appreciated!!!
 

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- Can I sell the car to my future husband (who has a UAE RP) and then he would bring it to Dubai under his name? How do I proceed to sell a car in Qatar to a non resident? (Can't find that information anywhere!)

Yes you can do that, but I don't know the procedure. Check with the shipping companies they can help you with that. It is a very common practice so sell cars to UAE. Lots of locals import their cars directly. You future husband can buy it from you and even clear customs and register then transfer to your name.

- Or else, can I ship it and leave it in Dubai in a parking (without using it obviously) until I have my RP and can get it registered (might be 3/4 months!)?

You would need to inquire the traffic department here because once your car gets here you have to clear customs. You need the VISA. Don't think about leaving your car with customs you will end up paying tons of fees.

Any help would be so much appreciated!!![/QUOTE]
 

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Importing a vehicle

Hi, I was wondering if anyone has any solid information on importing a vehicle to the UAE. I can't seem to find actual facts and what is allowed and what isn't. I tried to do a search on the RTA webside but didn't find much.
From experience, i doubt talking to them on the phone will solve anything.

Any help will be appreciated.

Thanks.
 

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Searching on the forum should pull up a fellow canadians posting about importing a car from canda, so will be specifically beneficial to you most likely.
 

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CDN2012 said:
Hi, I was wondering if anyone has any solid information on importing a vehicle to the UAE. I can't seem to find actual facts and what is allowed and what isn't. I tried to do a search on the RTA webside but didn't find much.
From experience, i doubt talking to them on the phone will solve anything.

Any help will be appreciated.

Thanks.
Best bet is to get in touch with Cunuck_Sens on here. He got his car from Canada here and he said it wasn't bad to do so. I'm sure he can help you with this. Good luck with everything.

Ps. Jynxgirl is referring to Cunuck_Sens. He said he did do a post on here for that purpose so yes, search :)
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I have shipped my car from the USA and the process was a little lengthy because of the wait time for it to get to the UAE on the boat (2 months). Other than that it was all straight forward. If you have any specific questions I will be happy to answer them and help you in any way. Just PM me or post here.
 

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I will be shipping over my 2000 SVT Lightning so once I have officially completed the process I will be happy to share my experiences.
 

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Cars

I'm relocating to Dubai soon and am looking at planning ahead on car ownership.

Does anyone know what are the cheapest cars to own?

How much are Camaros and Accord coupes? Are they cheaper or more expensive than the US?

I've done google searches but results are conflicting..

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Toyota Yaris. I don't know "new" cost, but the rental place in the advertisement next to me has:

Yaris: 100/day
Camry: 160/day
Accord: 140/day

So, an educated guess would be that the Yaris is about 40% less expensive than a Camry.

As a direct price <-> price ratio, new cars are more expensive in the UAE - BUT, you don't pay taxes, like in the US. Therefore, the overall cost of purchase is less expensive.

Truthfully, buy yourself a used Yaris from a dealership if you want cheap cheap. The Yaris sucks. I mean, really bad (sorry to all of you Yaris drivers out there, but I dare one of you to stick up for this POS). I drove a 2-door version (on rental) when I arrived. They are kind of like the old Geo Metros in the States. I cringe if I see one and would rather take a taxi than ride in one.

-md000/Mike


I'm relocating to Dubai soon and am looking at planning ahead on car ownership.

Does anyone know what are the cheapest cars to own?

How much are Camaros and Accord coupes? Are they cheaper or more expensive than the US?

I've done google searches but results are conflicting..

**If it bothers you to reply to this post, then don't.**

Thank you for being polite!
 

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The Yaris sucks.
-md000/Mike
The Yaris is also too small for Dubai traffic. If someone in a big Nissan Armada smashes into you and you're in a Yaris you're not going to walk away. Get a bigger car even if it costs more - for your own safety.

Japanese cars hold their value best and are reliable and cheap to service. Especially Toyota or Nissan.

American and British cars have a reputation for reliability issues amongst some people (incluing me), German cars are expensive to service.
 

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I move out to Dubai in Sept and by the looks of things, renting a car may be a good choice for the first month or two. I am stuck between two types of car...I either go for something a bit daft like a Porche, or something a bit bigger and...safer...like a big SUV or Landrover/Escalade etc.
I am looking to spend about 60-65K and so for what I am looking for...it will be a second hand one..and a couple of years old at that! any thoughts? Also, I have been looking on autotrader etc and loads of the adverts dont have a price..they simply say 'call to make an offer' Is this normal? not many adverts with actual prices really haha
 

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The Yaris is also too small for Dubai traffic. If someone in a big Nissan Armada smashes into you and you're in a Yaris you're not going to walk away. Get a bigger car even if it costs more - for your own safety.

Agree 100% - buy the chunkiest car you can afford!

Japanese cars hold their value best and are reliable and cheap to service. Especially Toyota or Nissan.

Very true, and you won't be off the road for weeks waiting for specialist parts to come from the US either!You can sell Japanese cars at the quietest time of the year (now) too

American and British cars have a reputation for reliability issues amongst some people (incluing me), German cars are expensive to service.
If you want a 4x4, ask yourself what you want to use it for?

a) a heavy robust car to take on the road to give you more protection in case of an accident
b) for camping trips along made up desert roads (gatch tracks)
c) wadi bashing
d) sand dune bashing.

Not all 4x4s are made equal, and making the wrong choice can be costly. If you want to go sand dune bashing, can I recommend joining an offroad club such as UAE Offroaders It's a free club, family orientated, where safety is paramount. We have a big group in Abu Dhabi, also Al Ain, and we also drive in Al Khatim, Liwa, Sweihan and other interesting areas.
 

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If my budget was 60-65K I`d probably look at either a second hand Golf GTi or R32 but if you fancy something a bit bigger what about a Lumina SS. These cars are all good value in Dubai.
 

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Local car lifts or car pools.. I have been looking on Dubizzle and a lot of the car lifts are for further distances ie to Abu Dhabi would be great to hear if anyone knows of a car lift/ pools from Marina/Tecom/Green area to DIFC/ downtown Dubai ?
 

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Shipping a Motocross to Dubai

Hi!

We're new to this forum; having made the big decision to make a permanent move to Dubai, we are in the process of working through our relocation.
My husband has a Motocross Bike and he would like to bring it with him. However, the customs guidelines aren't exactly black and white, and with it not being road registered it doesn't come with a log book or insurance details.
Has anyone done anything like or would you know where we could get some info from on how easy / hard it will be to do this?

Thanks for your help
Kelste
 

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Driving in Dubai with a U.K licence

Hi everybody,

Can someone help me with this one.How long does it take to convert my U.K drivers licence into a U.A.E Licence and how much does it cost?

Thanks in advance.
 
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