The used car market is vibrant and ever-changing. Every day, countless vehicles exchange hands, with some being GCC specs cars that were sold here through the local dealers in UAE and others imported. For used car buyers in Abu Dhabi, it’s crucial to know the difference. Being able to identify whether a car is of UAE GCC specs or imported can be a significant determinant in your buying decision. The key to this information lies in a document most are familiar with, but perhaps not entirely knowledgeable about – the Mulkiya.
In this blog post, we aim to assist used car buyers in Abu Dhabi to determine the origin of the vehicle they are interested in purchasing using the details provided on the mulkiya. So, let’s dive right in!
What is a Mulkiya?
Mulkiya is essentially the vehicle registration card in the UAE. It’s a vital document that proves the vehicle’s legal status, registration, and owner details.
Why is the Specs of the Car Important?
UAE GCC spec cars are specifically designed to cater to the needs and conditions of the UAE, including the intense heat and local regulations. Imported cars might not have these specific modifications, potentially leading to long-term performance issues and higher maintenance costs.
Furthermore, it’s noteworthy that a significant portion of U.S spec cars in the UAE were imported after being deemed as totaled or written off due to major accidents, floods, or other catastrophic events. These cars, despite possible repairs, can carry potential safety risks and unforeseen maintenance challenges. Hence, knowing the car’s origin is critical to avoid such pitfalls.
How to Identify the Car’s Origin Using the Mulkiya?
Registration Date vs. Model If there’s a significant gap between the car’s manufacturing date and its first registration date in the UAE, this could be a hint. For instance, if a car manufactured in 2015 was first registered in Abu Dhabi in 2018, it may have been imported. However, this is only a hint. In some cases when cars get transferred from one emirate to another, they change the date.
If the engine number field on the vehicle registration card (Mulkiya) displays “NIL,” instead of the engine number, this car is for sure imported.
Can a car be imported, but still GCC specs?
Yes. If the car was imported from Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, or any other Gulf country. In this case the car will have a sticker or metal label that says that this car is adhering to the GCC standards. Commonly found on the B-pillar—specifically, the panel between the front driver’s door and the rear left door. This is a safer option for any used car buyer than buying a U.S Specs car. The car is designed to cater to the needs and conditions of the UAE, including the intense heat and local regulations. However, the Manufacturing Warranty will not be valid on some makes and models if the car was moved from one country to another.
Being informed is essential when diving into the used car market in Abu Dhabi. Knowing how to read and understand the Mukhiya and identifying the car specs can be a valuable tool for any potential car buyer. Not only does this ensure that you get the best value for your money, but it also guarantees a smoother ride in the long run.
Remember, it’s always advisable to have a trusted mechanic inspect any used car before purchasing.
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