The motoring governing body of Dubai The Roads Transports Authority (RTA) has started launched its own service to give certificates on the status of the used cars in Dubai called the Vehicle Status Certificate before buying them. The certificate includes main and historical data of the vehicle from the time it was first bought. This service was essentially introduced to help avoid a buyer any fraud or deception, increase the awareness and help them make a better judgement while purchasing.
Sultan Al Marzouqi, Director of Vehicle Licensing Department, Licensing Authority, said: “The launch of the Vehicle Status Certificate is a new and distinctive addition to vehicle licensing services. This service provides customers with detailed and important data about the condition of the vehicle, insurance history and validity, vehicle owner history, vehicle condition during the annual inspection process, and other relevant information.”
The RTA service can be accessed through this link and it costs AED 100 to get a detailed report. To use this service, one would not require any specific documents. All you need is Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The service can be used by anyone be it an individual or o company.
The service requires the buyer to get an approval from the owner by sending a text message containing the use of the code in order to ensure the data privacy of the owner. Once approved, the buyer can obtain a service number to enter VIN of the car. The buyer gets a confirmation from RTA if it is possible for it to provide the details of the car and its history. If it is possible then the buyer is charged AED 100 for the certificate.
The service also goes as far as giving a report for a used car from outside the country. This has been possible because of linking the service to international companies like CARFAX America, the European Auto DNA, that collect information on cars that are imported to the country from various continents like Asia, Europe and America. This gives the service a fairly large database of cars to get information about and at an added fee as well.
The entire process can be performed by following the below steps on the RTA website –
- Enter the chassis number of the vehicle on the website.
- The owner enters the received code.
- The buyer/owner checks all details pertaining to the vehicle.
- The buyer settles the service fees by credit card.
- The buyer receives the certificate from the website or through email.
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