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Buying Vehicle in Oman
 
 
 

One must have a labour/resident card to own a vehicle in Oman. If you decide to buy a car, you’ll find that it is considerably cheaper to buy, maintain and run a car in Oman compared with most other countries. Every expatriate resident is allowed to own up to three vehicles. Whether you are buying a brand new car or a second-hand one, when it’s time to close the deal you’ll need to present certain documents, among them, a vehicle purchase form, plus your valid driving licence and a copy. The vehicle purchase form should be signed by your sponsor or company, and then taken to your insurance provider. In the case of a private sale, the seller should be with you, as the car must be insured in your name before the registration can be finalised. Once the car is registered, you will get a vehicle registration card (mulkia). You should always have the mulkia with you in the car, although many people keep a copy in the car and leave the original mulkia at home.

Most new car models are available through the main dealers. Many car dealerships have showrooms between the Al Wattayah and Wadi Adai Roundabouts, although there are others located all along the highway. Some dealers sell several makes of car. The best time of year to get a good deal is during Ramadan, when all the dealers have promotions. You’ll also get a good deal if a new batch of cars arrives, as last year’s models immediately drop in price. The dealer will take care of all the paperwork involved in the car purchase on your behalf, including registration and arranging finance. They will also usually offer good warranties and free servicing for the first few years. Unless you are paying cash for the car, you will need to get a bank loan or leave a post-dated cheque for every month of the finance period. When you collect your car you will drive with green licence plates until the vehicle registration is complete.

Another alternative to owning a car at a fraction of the price of a new one is the second-hand car market. The main areas for used car dealers are Al Wattayah, Al Khuwayr and Wadi Kabir, although you’ll find dealers in other locations too. The advantage of buying through a dealer is that they’ll arrange the registration and insurance for you. In general, dealers do not offer warranties, unless you are buying a car that is still protected under its ‘new car’ warranty. Newspaper classifieds offer little in terms of second-hand vehicles for sale, except for Sunday’s Times of Oman supplement and the classified section of The Week. Supermarket noticeboards are a good source of cars for sale, and there is the car souk at the Friday Market. If you do buy a second-hand car privately, it’s a good idea to have it checked for major faults before you buy. Reputable car dealers will perform a thorough check-up of a vehicle for about RO15.

To transfer a private vehicle into your name you need to fill in a form, which details the buyer’s personal information and bears the signatures of both buyer and seller. The seller must appear in person before the Directorate of Licensing at the traffic police department. If the seller still has a loan outstanding on the vehicle the bank must give its approval, and if the loan has been paid the bank will issue a letter of discharge. All transactions related to buying or selling second-hand vehicles should go through the Royal Oman Police.

 

 
 

 



 


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