How to sell your car in Dubai

The best places to sell your car in Dubai, and where to buy a car in Dubai

How to sell your car in Dubai

If you’re looking to sell your car in Dubai – whether it’s because you’re moving back home, trying to be more eco-friendly, or looking to purchase a new car and upgrade – there are places to go to make it easier.

And considering the cost of the car, plus the money invested in maintaining the vehicle, owners across the city worry that they’ll be left out of pocket. Your goal when selling your car should be to try and get the best possible deal in the most quick, convenient and simple way.

Forget those worries and stress, here's how to sell your car in Dubai.

And if you're looking to buy a car in Dubai, this list will help you too.

Selling your car privately in Dubai

There are a number of reputable dealers in Dubai selling quality vehicles at reasonable prices and selling from a dealer removes all the hassle of paperwork, but you’ll invariably get a better deal if you sell privately. The process can be time consuming but if you do choose to go down this route, you and the buyer will need to visit the licensing department with a completed application form. You’ll need your passport and driving licence, the vehicle registration card, an insurance policy in the new owner’s name and a technical inspection certificate. Service fees start from Dhs350 and vary according to the size of the car. Visit for more information.


If you are looking to sell your car privately in Dubai, dubizzle is probably the best place to start. All you need is some good photos and you’re good to go, and make sure you include all relevant details and be as thorough as possible in your description. Highlight any issues and if you have a full service history, highlight it as it can add thousands to your sale. Be warned though – you’ll most likely receive an influx of calls from dealers and private buyers, and some of which may waste your time.

There’s also SellerAssist by dubizzle pro – a “VIP” service for selling your car in Dubai. Sellers can sign up and pay a refundable deposit which starts at Dhs499 and varies by emirate and dubizzle will manage the sale of your car entirely on your behalf. If your car is not sold within 30 days, you will get your money back. For more information, head here.


If you’re looking to sell your car in Dubai, placing an ad on a used car classified website is probably one of the easiest ways. YallaMotor is completely free and an ad can be placed in just three simple steps, making it a quick and convenient option.

What can you do to make your sale look more attractive to potential buyers?

The pictures matter. Make sure you’ve cleared it out and clean it thoroughly, both inside and outside, before taking any pictures. Get the engine detailed, make sure all dents and scratches are sorted and make sure the interior is spotless. Try and take proper photographs with a decent camera and if you have the time, try and go somewhere picturesque. Take pictures from all angles and make sure the lighting is flattering – taking pictures of your car at the crack of dawn when the sun still isn’t up is probably not the best idea, right?

Selling your car through a dealer in Dubai

Owners planning on getting rid of their old cars can sell back to the retailer or use a registered online company to help find a new owner. Selling a car via a dealer is simple and straightforward – you take the car to the dealer, they evaluate it in a few hours, sometimes immediately and then offer you a price. Once agreed, you receive a cheque and that’s it – the dealer takes care of transferring ownership and all other legal hassles.

There are plenty of large car dealerships to choose from in Dubai, but always do your homework first no matter from whom you choose to sell your car with, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Al-Futtaim Automall

Al-Futtaim Automall is hugely popular across in Dubai as it’s the largest used car retailer in the UAE with one of the widest range of certified used cars from all manufacturers and models. Automall offers the best market price for your car and if you get a higher quote from a competitor and have proof, they promise to beat that price. promises to, well, sell any car. The UAE-wide service also offers a free car inspection at your home or office and takes care of the entire sales process of your car.

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