New car sale rules from March 1

UAE car agents violating new vehicle sale contracts recently approved by the authorities to ensure protection for both the buyer and seller will be fined Dh200,000, according to the Ministry of Economy.

The new rules will be enforced in March and Ministry officials were to meet representatives of car dealers on Tuesday to explain the new contract, which covers tyre damage, failure of accelerator control systems and the date of manufacture.
 
“The new law will be enforced next month and dealers found to be violating this contract will be fined Dh200,000,” said Hashim Al Nuaimi, director of the consumer protection division at the Ministry of Economy.
 
Quoted by the semi-official Arabic language daily Alittihad, he said nearly 356 car dealers through the UAE had been given a one-year deadline to adapt to the new rules, adding that the new contracts would also be provided in Arabic language.
 
Nuaimi said the meeting would also agree on selecting a company to test cars having factory defects and on a mechanism for contacts between dealers and consumers.
 
He said the company would be asked to provide reports to car owners whose vehicles are tested for any defects so they will submit a complaint to the Ministry.
 
“This company will provide services to consumers through the UAE for token fees and its reports will be accepted by all departments in the country,” he said.
 
“We have forced all car dealers to sell vehicles according to three new unified contracts covering spare parts, maintenance and servicing…these contracts ensure protection and guarantee the rights of both the consumers and dealers.”

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