RTA begins issuing Vehicle Condition Certificate to protect used car buyers in the UAE
The purchase of a used car is generally accompanied by a cloud of mystery. Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) aims to remedy this with its newest service, a Vehicle Condition Certificate. As part of its initiatives to improve happiness and reduce fraud, the Vehicle Condition Certificate provides important and historical information such as the distance covered in kilometers, the type and validity of insurance, any instances of impound, its previous owners, and its condition during annual road worthiness tests.
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Sultan Al Marzooqi, Director of the Vehicles Licensing Agency, RTA, said: "The launch of the Vehicle Condition Certificate is an excellent addition to the licensing services currently on offer. It provides clients and potential buyers of used cars with essential detailed information available with the RTA about the condition of a vehicle and will be released following consent from the owner. The price to acquire a Vehicle Condition Certificate stands at AED 120.”
Linked with international firms such as CARFAX and Auto DNA, the Vehicle Condition Certificate can also be obtained for vehicles imported into the UAE from American, European, and Asian countries. Considering the newly introduced 5% Value Added Tax (VAT) on new vehicles, market analysts predict a rise in second-hand car sales as VAT will be applied differently to used vehicles.
Completed in four simple steps and with nothing more than the vehicle VIN number and respective pin code, the Vehicle Condition Certificate is a online process that can be applied for HERE.