5-year warranty mandatory soon in UAE, maybe
In what will become a blessing for consumers, a new rule is going to come into effect in October that all cars in the UAE will have a mandatory 5-year warranty.
If we understood it correctly, Gulf News reports that along with the long warranty, all cars bought in the UAE from dealers will soon come with a five-year service contract as well. The article also seems to imply that used cars bought from dealers will also come with a similar service contract.
The Ministry of Economy will apparently fine or shut down dealerships who do not provide the five-year service warranty. The rule will come into force on October 1, and stipulates that faulty parts must be replaced if they fail on three occasions. The new rule was created as a consumer protection measure.
Update: There is a chance that the original newspaper report is supposed to mean something else entirely due to the poor choice of words by the reporter. As suggested by Bill in the comments, this “rule” possibly means something as mundane as there being a guarantee that spare parts will be available for the next five years by dealers, and that dealers are obliged to fix old cars when an owner brings it in. We’re not sure how this helps anybody.