UAE bans import of damaged used cars
The Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) has announced that they will ban import, insurance and registration of used cars that are “grossly damaged” from May 1, a senior official said on Tuesday.
According to Gulf News, Abdullah Al Maeeni, director-general of ESMA, said the ban will cover burnt out, water-damaged, rebuilt and non-repairable cars as well as vehicles with major manufacturing defects.
“Part of our mission is to make importers stop importing and manufacturers stop rebuilding of these salvage-title vehicles and passing them on to unsuspecting drivers,” Al Maeeni said. He also said importers must make sure the vehicles are free from any such damage or defect, declare vehicles meant for re-export and those imported for dismantling for parts. Used car dealers in the UAE imports around 300,000 used vehicles annually, mainly from USA, Japan and Germany.
He said importers are given a grace period until April 30 to adjust their legal status and comply with the new rules. “ESMA has access to databases of all used car exporting countries to keep track of these (crashed) vehicles and prevent them from reaching our market.”
Al Maeeni said ESMA, traffic departments and insurance companies across the UAE are also cooperating to prevent totalled or salvaged cars after an accident in the UAE from being sold in the market.
The new rules should clamp down on used car dealers who have been ripping off car buyers for decades, as we’ve written about in the past here.