Don’t fall for any of these if you’re buying a second car in Dubai.
If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. If you don’t want a financial break down, give your common sense a MOT and learn about the five most frequent scams that you need to watch out for.
Is the seller demanding an upfront deposit? That should sound ring warning bells! There’s a good chance of your deposit disappearing along with the seller.
Whenever you’re paying cash, ask for a copy of the seller’s Emirates ID and a proper receipt. That won’t protect you fully, but at least you have some chance of recovering your money from a swindler, and a genuine seller will be happy to oblige.
The bogus Escrow
Don’t ever pay a seller before transfer of ownership, even if you are getting the vehicle at a bargain price.
The seller might direct you to deposit money in an Escrow account. But once the money is transferred, they could disappear along with the vehicle. Hand over cash only while at the Road & Transport Authority (RTA), AFTER the vehicle’s ownership has been transferred.
If a car has outstanding finance on it, the real owner is still the finance company. A seller asking you to pay off the lease is a big red flag! Do this ONLY if the seller gives you power of attorney specific to that car for transferring it in your name and hands over the keys at the finance company office.
Don’t be conned into clearing the loan for another car. Get the car’s status verified through a RTA inspection before paying off the loan!
You might be willing to pay a bit extra for a car under warranty. However, the warranty can be cancelled on many grounds and may have even expired. Check with the dealer first if the warranty is valid and transferable.
It’s okay to be suspicious when buying a used car in Dubai. It could be a salvaged vehicle; repaired after a major accident. Worse, the car’s odometer might have been tampered with to show lower mileage. Finalise a deal only after getting the car thoroughly inspected by a professional.
Avoid the scams by buying through CarSwitch.com, whose experts shared these handy hints with their friends at Dubai Week.