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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.
Hi Dubai Hokie,

We are just moving back to Dubai from the East Coast and want to import our car. Can you let me know the name of the company you used for the import and registration. Many thanks.
 

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Hi, We toured the States in a 34 foot RV and towed a Mustang GT Convertible. We shipped them both back to the UK and we are now considering shipping the Mustang to Dubai when we relocate there in August. It has awesome air con and was bought in Florida. We have been in High temps...Texas in Summer and low temps...Colorado in winter and is is great. We feel the same as you. For what we could sell it for here, the shipping is cheap and much more cost effective than buying a car when we get there. It is a 2001 so we would only get a couple of grand for it here. Think we will ship it for sure.
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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'm considering doing the same for exactly the same reason - only my car's in Bahrain rather than the US, so it's not quite as far for it to come. ;) Let me know what you decide to do! I'm about to start looking into it all myself.
 

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have a car coming in from the us now - supposed to clear customs during the next few days. can anyone recomend a decent company that can do all the licensing / registration etc for me? Need a company that picks the car up and delivers it back to my door with new plates and everything sorted. dont have the time.

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have a car coming in from the us now - supposed to clear customs during the next few days. can anyone recomend a decent company that can do all the licensing / registration etc for me? Need a company that picks the car up and delivers it back to my door with new plates and everything sorted. dont have the time.

thanks
Hi Go

Can you advice how it went and all the procedures involved with this? I am from Ca and looking at importing a car from there. Any help with what shipping company u used and the local agent? TAx involved etc? Thanks
 

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Hi Go

Can you advice how it went and all the procedures involved with this? I am from Ca and looking at importing a car from there. Any help with what shipping company u used and the local agent? TAx involved etc? Thanks
I had 'globalrelocation' handle the move and they were totally useless! They used ivk as local handling agent useless also. Overall the process was timeconsuming but worth it. Loving the car
 

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There is another thread on here with lots of good info if you do a search. I am about to import my second truck from the US :D. First one was from the US as well and had zero issues.

As for the original comment on this thread... The first truck I imported from Canada sold here for 50% more than it would have back home... depends on what you're bringing in ;)
 

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i thought the import laws said you couldn't import a car that was over 5 years old? That's the reason i ditched my vette before moving out here.
 

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Interesting... perhaps one of those things that were talked about but never implemented?

I imported a 2000 SVT Lightning with no issues and I have a 2004 SRT-10 Ram on it's way...
 

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oh well, glad to see that it's not true. I might opt to have my race car sent over in this case.
Well you need to be careful there. Anything heavily modified will not pass inspection here unless you don't plan on driving it on the street or pay someone off to pass it.
 

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it will never see the street... it's a full prepped track car. I'd like to bring it over to play at the Autodrome with. Anything special i need to know about importing it?
 

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INFAMOUS said:
Interesting... perhaps one of those things that were talked about but never implemented?

I imported a 2000 SVT Lightning with no issues and I have a 2004 SRT-10 Ram on it's way...
Who are you using to to ship? I'm due to leave the US in Feb and I'm gonna bring my 05 QC SRT-10.
 

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Greetings....I'm thinking about bringing over a 1990 Wrangler from the U.S. Does anyone know if this is possible. I am reading about laws in Dubai.

Here is the law I was reading from ACE.org.UK

The law breaks down like this :-

The following types of vehicles are banned from these dates.
From January 1, 2009 …
cars older than 20 years
Import of cars older than 5 years
Import of heavy vehicles older than 7 years
Taxis older than 5 years
Ownership transfer of light vehicles older than 10 years
From January 1, 2010 …
cars older than 15 years

Since this is 22 years old according to the above I would not be able to bring it over.

Can anyone confirm the info....can't believe anything on the internet. ;-)
 
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