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Buying Vehicle in Qatar

In Qatar, you will need to wait until your residence visa is issued before you can buy a car. Many expatriates are pleasantly surprised to find that the cost of running a vehicle is significantly less than in their home country, which allows people to purchase cars that they wouldn’t be able to afford at home. There is generally no age limit on insurance of certain cars as there is in many other countries, so people find that they can have a car of their choice before they reach 40. You should have no trouble in buying a car in Qatar, as there are a number of new vehicle dealerships in and around Doha.

The major problem you may face is that many dealers only import a few of each model, so you may have to wait for the next shipment if they don’t have the one you want in stock. This can take anything from a couple of weeks to two months, so patience is key here. Big 4WD vehicles are very popular and recommended if you have children; not only for more space, but for safety as well. Most families in Qatar have at own least one SUV and other brands like Toyota, Mitsubishi, BMW, Mercedes and Nissan are among the more popular makes. Toyotas dominate the market and always fetch a premium. SUVs are popular because they allow excursion options into the dunes at the weekend, and also because there are so many large cars on the road that from a safety perspective it can give you more presence while driving. With the low cost of fuel in the region, environmental concerns do seem to take a back seat to large sizes and glamorous, expensive style and quality.

Good quality used vehicles can be a little bit more difficult to find because sales are often not accompanied by maintenance records. There are lots of second-hand car showrooms in Doha, but the quality isn’t always particularly good. High speed crashes are prevalent and many written off vehicles make it back onto the road. This is fine if you are aware of it and have paid a reasonably low price, but not if it is being sold as an undamaged vehicle. It is best to go to a reputable dealer so you don’t regret your purchase.

Expatriates come and go continually throughout the year, so it’s highly possible for you to pick up an impressive bargain second-hand car from someone who is leaving. People wanting to sell cars will advertise on noticeboards in supermarkets, school car parks, and within several expatriate heavy villa compounds. You may also find adverts in the local newspapers. Many people also email their friends and club members about selling their vehicles so it’s also a good idea to put up your own wanted notices in the different sports clubs and expatriate hang out around town. If you are unsure of the state of the vehicle, you can always ask to have it checked over by a professional or request taking it yourself.

If you do end up buying a second hand vehicle it is a relatively straightforward procedure to transfer the ownership from one person to another. Go to the Traffic Police department with the current owner of the vehicle and complete the necessary paperwork together. You will need to bring passport sized photos, a form of ID and your pre purchased insurance for the year. There must be visible proof that the car is insured and it will continue to be insured under the new owner. The new owner must renew the insurance when it expires





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