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Posted On: 1 December 2019 12:00 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 10:18 am

The detailed process of buying a car in Qatar

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Finding and purchasing a car in Qatar isn’t as challenging as people consider it. All you need to do is discover a suitable car, decide between a first-hand or used car, conduct some research on the automobile company, complete the paperwork, get car insurance, and that’s it! You can settle the deal and enjoy your long drives in Qatar.

Some aspiring car buyers prefer to ride the vehicle in the never-ending emirates deserts to check the car’s engine and driving abilities. You can either buy a used car online or purchase a brand-new sedan from the automobile showroom. However, you must complete the legal formalities before transferring the money to the seller's account. Here's the detailed process of buying a car in Qatar.

Shop around for a new car

When it comes to buying a brand-new car, people often end up purchasing a high-priced car from a showroom. There's nothing wrong with buying automobiles from a showroom, however, you must compare the prices of the car on different platforms before finalizing a deal. You don’t want to spend your savings in a car that would have cost you must lesser, had you purchased it after comparing the prices.

Buy company-certified second-hand cars

If you want to save some bucks without compromising on the quality of your drive, consider buying a second-hand car. A car faces depreciation in the first three years of its purchase date. The moment the owner drives a brand-new car, its value starts depreciating.

Consider buying a used car that is at least 2-3 years old and has not been used that much. If you are planning to buy a used car, approach a certified company rather than an individual seller. The company-certified cars might come with a heavy price tag, but the company guarantees quality and long-term durability.

Buy your car on occasions

Like any other country, Qatar is famous for its culture and amazing festival celebrations. For example, a car that costs you $50,000 can be purchased at $45,000 if you buy it on special occasions such as Eid-Al-Adha.

Sellers present special offers such as discounts and coupons on occasion and festival seasons. You can even get certain features such as insurance and additional car parts for free if you buy your car using the promo deal.

Finance your car

Don’t approach the seller, settle the deal, get all the paperwork done, and lose the deal just because you couldn’t make the down payment on time. Most sellers allow car buyers to settle the payment in installments. However, you will need to pay a down payment which can be anywhere between 30% and 60% of the total cost. You must arrange money before even starting the car shopping. It is better to plan your finances in advance.

Registration and insurance

In Qatar, people cannot drive a car without obtaining a driver's license, car insurance, and automobile registration. Another interesting fact about the automobile shopping in Qatar is that only the car is insured, and not the driver or car owner. These policies have a lifespan of 12 months.

Once you are done with the insurance, complete the registration paperwork. You might also need to pay a specific fee for the car registration process. The registration fee may vary from vendor to vendor. Make sure that the registration lasts for a specific period. You will need to renew your registration to be able to drive the car. The expiry date of the registration process is mentioned in the vehicle registration documents. Check them thoroughly and consult with the vendor to avoid future chaos.

There are many car showrooms and automobile shops that sell cars in Qatar and other GCC countries. You must research these companies and the vendor’s reliability before settling a deal. It is imperative for the aspiring car buyer to complete the paperwork and get insurance and registration of the car to become its legal owner.