Car Window Tinting Dubai – Regulations

Why get your car windows tinted?

It is sizzling hot in Dubai most of the year round. Many people choose to get their car windows tinted because:

  • it blocks out harmful UV rays that damage your skin and your car interior
  • it keeps the car interior cooler
  • it provides some measure of privacy
  • it looks cool

There are some drawbacks to tinting however, primarily the difficulty of seeing at night when looking through a tinted window.

Car Window Tinting Dubai Regulations

The allowable limit for car window tinting in Dubai is 30%. In some cases, people can exceed the allowable limit if they obtain prior permission from the RTA. Permission is granted to people with special needs on a case by case basis.


The penalty for exceeding the permitted level of tint is a Dh500 fine and 30 days car impoundment, according to the Ministry of Interior. This fine applies to all emirates, except Abu Dhabi, which has a hefty Dh 10,000 fine, as a result of a decree issued by the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Window tints are not permitted for company-owned vehicles, as per the law. Silver and reflective tinting is also prohibited as it poses danger on the road whenever light reflects off a tinted window and blinds the other driver.

During the vehicle inspection, prior to renewal of vehicle registration, window tints are checked for compliance.

Costs of car window tinting in Dubai

car window tinting dubai

The costs of car tinting ranges from Dh 100 to Dh 1,200. Costs depend on the quality and type of tint (e.g. scratch-proof). The cheaper tints don’t usually last very long and have to be replaced each summer. V-Kool, a U.S. brand originally designed for the U.S. airforce, is widely accepted as the gold standard for window tinting. Their base package starts at 900 AED and can go up to 7,000 AED.

To shop for used cars in UAE that you can tint, download the “Used Cars in UAE” app now!



[Podcast]: “Preparing to Sell My Car in Dubai”

You’re thinking: “How do I go about preparing to sell my car in Dubai?”


There are some simple steps to take to get the best value when want to sell your car in Dubai.

We spoke to Morrad Irsane, co-founder of Melltoo, about preparing a used car for sale in Dubai. Morrad has been in Dubai since 2005 and has bought and sold a total of 6 different cars. Based on his experience and perspective as both a buyer and seller, he explains how to prepare your used car for sale. 

Melltoo Social Classifieds MarketplaceQuestion 1: Tell us a little bit about yourself?


Answer [Transcript]:

Actually I’m from France with Algerian descent.

I’ve been living in Dubai since 2005.


Preparing used car for sale

Question: 2 What kind of cars have you bought and sold since you’ve been in Dubai?


Answer [Transcript]:

Well, Dubai used car is actually a very interesting and very good market and I believe since I’ve been here I’ve sold – I bought, four – if I remember four used cars since I’ve been here. 

Well, the first used car I bought was a Pajero 3.0 litres and I bought a Yukon.  It was a basic model Yukon and a Yukon Denali as well.  And the last car I bought recently was a Peugeot 307. 

Well, I sold for example – I bought in 2005 also Mercedes Benz, brand new from the dealer and I sold it two years after of driving and using it.  I sold my Pajero to buy my Yukon in 2011 I would say.  The next year I sold also a Sirion, a small car Daihatsu as well.  

Preparing used car for sale

Question 3: What do you look for when buying a used car?


Answer [Transcript]:

Well if I speak for myself, the first thing I will do is to look at the proper condition of the body of the vehicle.  I will look at the speedometer as well.  I will look at the inside of the car.  I don’t like people who are smoking usually, so I – inside the car, I’m looking for clean car.  I would look for the total booklet, maintenance booklet and see if the car has been well kept and sent to the “wakala” I would say the agency for maintenance, for regular maintenance.  That’s what I’m looking for the most.  Proper tyres, proper maintenance, no car accidents.  A minor car accident would be ok for me but I try to avoid any car that has been in any kind of accident and repainting.  That’s something I avoid, buying a car that has been even partially repainted, that’s the thing I’m trying to look for when I’m trying to buy used car.  The other criterion are also of course – less than two to three years vehicles and of a brand, basically that is quite depreciating quite fast at the first few years and then keep certain value and has a basically, a good resale value after the third and fourth year basically.  

Preparing used car for saleQuestion 4: Do extras like custom rims and sound systems add value when selling my car?


Answer [Transcript]:

I would say that, you know, it’s not something that I’m really interested in, it doesn’t add any value basically.  Is actually just for the, you know, it’s a gimmick but it’s not something I would be interested in actually.

Preparing used car for saleQuestion 5: How do I get my car ready for sale?


Answer [Transcript]:

Well first of all to answer your question that you just asked before, I would already remove the rims if I had any nice rim and put back the original rims because even though it might seem something small, but people they like to keep the vehicle original basically, that’s one thing.  So, second of all I would try if I had, if you have a little extra cash, I would try to give the car a showroom feel and look by spending 2, 300 dirham’s or depending on where you’re going to up to 600 dirham’s for a complete re-lifting of the – polishing of the painting and cleaning of the carpet and the inside of the car.  That will really give your car like a fresh look and attract people basically.  Other thing I would make sure that I keep track of all the receipt that I’ve been spending on your car to keep it, track record of the maintenance of the vehicle.  And of course, keeping your car with the urgency as much as you can, because this shows again that you’ve been taking care of the car properly and this will definitely give a proper resale value to the vehicle basically.  

Preparing used car for saleQuestion 6: Should I take my car for full servicing prior to selling it? Does it add value?


Answer [Transcript]:

Well, regular maintenance, I would say oil change and filters and it’s of course it’s something that should be done prior to selling the car.  But since you about selling the car basically, you try basically to avoid the major bills basically that might come after that.  If the tires are pretty discerned you leave them, if everything else is pretty discerned you leave them actually.  The new buyer’s actually the one who’s supposed to take care of the rest of the issues that will pop up eventually.  But definitely, if it’s a time for the oil change, just change the oil and you know keep things, if the tires need to be remove and change, you know it would be nice, but it’s not really your responsibility after you sell the car basically. 

Preparing used car for saleQuestion 7: My car has been in a minor “parking” accident. What should I do?


Answer [Transcript]:

Well keep track of the Police report if you have any Police report.  Try to fix it at the “wakala” the agency, and taking pictures that prove that this has been a very minor accident and the bill should reflect as well the fact that the car’s been really in a minor accident as well, you know?  

The repair bill, and you can also ask the future buyers to bring, if he’s interested, to bring the car to a shop, a body shop and he can inspect the vehicle either at the body shop or directly to the “wakala” to the agency.  

This post was originally published by Melltoo Klassifriends.

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How much does a car cost in Dubai?

How much does a car cost in Dubai? If you consider only the purchase price, then it costs pretty much the same as everywhere else in the world, WITHOUT sales tax. Unlike many parts of the West, the UAE does not impose sales taxes on cars sold.

However, the true costs of car ownership goes beyond the purchase price. There are several things to consider:

  • Costs of depreciation when selling the car
  • Frequency and costs of scheduled car servicing
  • Extra costs related to performing car servicing  (i.e. time off required to take the car in, taxi costs when car is in the shop)
Costs of Depreciation when selling a car

The real price of a car is what you lose on it when you resell the car after a given period of time. A car that costs 100K to purchase may not necessarily be more expensive than a car that costs 60K to purchase. It all depends on how much you lose on the value when you resell the car after a year. This topic is discussed in our blog post “Used Cars in UAE with the best Resale Value“.

Frequency and costs of scheduled services


If you do not wish to invalidate your manufacturer’s warranty, then you have to perform scheduled services as per your car manufacturer’s specifications. Here’s a general rule of thumb:

  • Japanese cars need to be serviced every 5,000km
  • American cars need to be serviced every 10,000km
  • European cars need to be serviced every 15,000km
  • Very high end cars like Ferraris and Meseratis need to be serviced every 20,000km

Servicing a car costs money and the more frequent the services, the more it adds up. Some people argue that frequent servicing of a car prevents costly repairs in the long run. However, it is unclear why European cars don’t require servicing as often as Japanese cars and still run well over time.

When deciding which car to buy, be sure to ask about the frequency of scheduled servicing and how much they cost.

Extra costs related to car servicing

When your car gets serviced, there are other external “costs” that people often don’t think about. For instance:

  • How much time it takes, do you have to take time off work to do this?
  • Taking a taxi to and from the car service center
  • Transportation costs for other members of the family who rely on the car
Some other things to think about related to the costs of car ownership in the UAE:
  • Darker color cars get dirty easily because of the dust and sand in the air. This means they need to be cleaned more.
  • Scheduled car services are not fixed price affairs. As with everything in the UAE, you can and are expected to bargain. As one mechanic professes, the price you pay depends on “your face”.

For an interesting discussion on the costs of car ownership in the UAE, read this discussion by Kevin Hackett in The National.

If you’re in the market to buy a used car, then download the “Used Cars in UAE” app for iPhones and Androids and shop now!



Car Maintenance in Dubai and the UAE

Car Maintenance in Dubai and the UAE


The UAE is hot, humid, sandy and dusty. The climate takes a toll on certain parts of your car more than in other climates. Hence, it is a good idea to buy “GCC-standard” cars, or cars made especially for the Gulf states. Once you have your car, here are some things to look out for to keep up car maintenance in Dubai.

  1. Oil Changes and Oil Quality


Heat and humidity cause engine oil to expire faster. If not changed, the oil becomes thick and clumpy and can cause damage to your engine. While you may have regularly delayed oil changes in cooler climates, Dubai is not the place to do so. In fact, during the summer months, consider changing your oil ahead of schedule.

  1. Tire Alignment and Wear & Tear

car maintenance dubai

In Dubai, your tires are tested more than elsewhere. Unless you never leave the city, you are likely to drive on unpaved sand roads regularly. As harmless as the sand may appear, it isn’t. There are often hard and sharp rocks just beneath the surface that could cause your tires to rupture and wear down quickly. Regularly check your tire pressure. To check if your tires are wearing down, use a coin and place it into the tire’s grooves. Notice how far the coin sinks down and check for consistency across your tires.

  1. Paint job

car maintenance dubai

It doesn’t rain much in the UAE, but when it does, it can harm your car’s paint job. Car owners here feel that the rain can be corrosive. It is recommended that you wash your car after each rain since not doing so may strip the protective top coat of the car.

Of course the blazing sun in Dubai 365 days of a year also takes a toll on your paint job. As often as possible, seek out shaded parking.


If you plan on driving to Saudi Arabia, be aware that there are long stretches of road that cut through the desert. Sand storms are common on these roads and can really damage your paint job. When crossing the border, drivers often stop to get their vehicles “sand-painted”. Apparently, the coat of sand gently sprayed on your ar paint protects it from the harsh sand that hits your paint when driving at 120 km/h.

  1. Engine Coolant

With the 9 months of heat and 3 months of extreme heat, your engine coolant works harder than anywhere else in the world. It is a good idea to have it checked and flushed regularly, and especially after the hot summer.

  1. Battery


Heat takes a toll on your car battery. The constantly on air conditioner also affects battery performance. Often the problem lies in the terminals and cables that connect the battery, rather that the battery itself. These should be cleaned regularly to keep your battery functioning for as long as possible. However, you should change your battery at least once every four years.

Car Registration Dubai: How to register a used car in UAE

 Car Registration Dubai – Procedures and Documents needed


Before going to RTA:

  • Buyer should be a resident of Dubai, with a valid Emirates ID card
  • Both buyer and seller should be present, in case the seller is not present, either a sale deed from an authorized showroom or dealer should be presented or a power of attorney that gives the seller’s representive the right to sell the vehicle.
  • Ensure that the seller has cleared all outstanding debts and fines. You can check for outstanding fines at the Dubai Police Fine Enquiry website.
  • If you’re buying a car registered in a different emirate, you will have to cancel the registration in that emirate before you can register it in your emirate.

Required documents:

1. Emirates ID (original + copy)

2. Passport (original + copy)

3. Dubai driver’s license (original).

4. If the seller is an authorized dealer, you will need to bring the sales invoice (original + copy)

2. Insurance Policy (you may be able to transfer the old policy; if not, get a new one)

3. If the car is financed through a bank, take the proper documents, including ‘No Objection Letter’, if applicable.

4. Old registration card (if the registration is expired, the car should be tested at the Traffic Department or at Tasjeel Eppco or Emarat Shamil or Wasel Car Testing)

5. Original license plates

Where to go:

Customer service centers for vehicle registration in Dubai

For more info, call 8009090.


  • Car test Dh50
  • Registration Dh420 (short number plates)
  • Dh470 (long number plates)

For more info, visit the RTA website on how to register your car or call 8009090 (24/7)

To shop for and buy a used car that you can register, download the “Used Cars in UAE App”!



Used cars with the best Resale values in UAE

Car Resale Value UAE


Nobody buys a car expecting to keep it forever, especially in the UAE where people move regularly. From the moment you buy a new vehicle and start to drive it, it begins depreciating in value. The depreciation of used cars in the UAE is therefore an important consideration when choosing a car.


A lot of people forget that the real cost of a car is not what you pay for it when you first buy it. It’s what you lose when you sell it. Look at the example below:


>> Daihatsu Sirion vs. Mercedes C200 <<


Daihatsu Sirion
Buy 40,000 AED
Sell 25,000 AED (after 1 year)
Cost = 15,000 AED (for 1 year)


Mercedes C200
Buy 100,000 AED
Sell 89,000 AED (after 1 year)
Cost = 11,000 AED (for 1 year)


>> Cheaper car = Mercerdes C200 <<


If you buy a Daihatsu Sirion for 40,000 AED and sell it for 25,000 AED after 1 year, the Sirion effectively cost you 15,000 AED to drive for the year. If you buy a Mercedes C200 for 100 AED and sell it a year later for 89 AED, that car cost you 11 AED to drive. In this case, the Mercedes C200 is actually CHEAPER than the Sirion.


With that in mind, here is a list of the cars that have the best resale value in the UAE:

(The values in parentheses represent the percentage of the original retail price that the vehicle can be sold for after 3 years & 5 years)

  1. 2013 Toyota Corolla (78% & 62%)- Current Market value  at AED 62,000
  2. 2013 Honda Civic EXi (76% & 62%)- Current Market value at AED 70,000
  3. 2013 Lexus ES 350 (73% & 57%)- Current Market value at AED 169,000
  4. 2013 Hyundai Genesis (71% & 55%) – Current Market value at AED 130,000
  5. 2013 Toyota Camry (67% & 54%) – Current Market Value at AED 82,000
  6. 2013 Honda CRV (67% & 52%) – Current Market value at AED 85,000
  7. 2013 Ford Edge (65% & 49%) – Current Market value at AED 134,000
  8. 2013 Chevrolet Cruze (64% & 47.5%) – Current Market Value at AED 52,000
  9. 2013 Infiniti QX80 (62.5% & 46%) – Current Market Value at AED 175,000
  10. 2013 Mazda 6 (62% & 44%) –  Current Market Value at AED 60,000

So there you have it, with the Toyota Camry 2013 proving the most economical and cost efficient so far. Want to know more about these cars, check out this great article on the 10 best cars with resale value in UAE by Suhail Ajmal. 

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How to get the best Deals on Used Cars in UAE


When you are buying used cars in UAE, there are certain factors that you should always keep in mind. These are things you should look out for and you are most certain to get good deals and great value for the car you are buying at the end of the day.
To be honest, Negotiating the best price for a car is sometimes not the easiest thing in the world. Left for me, i just want to see a car i like, ask for the price, pay for it and off i go! But sometimes, that isn’t usually the case. People sense vulnerabilities sometimes and would want to take you for a ‘ride’ (pardon the pun).
To put your self in a good position therefore, keep the following in mind.
  • Take a little time to do research on how much the car in question generally costs on the market. You could look around some dealerships or even classifieds. This should give you a general sense of the price and also help you be well prepared in terms of budget.
  • Be sure and certain that the car in question is of proper age. What do i mean by this? Proper age for a used car is generally between 3 to 5 years, depending on the handling and maintenance of the previous owner or owners.

For more on how to prepare yourself for buying a used car, read up and listen to this entertaining podcast.


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Cost of customizing your used car in the uae


In the Region, Dubai and UAE as a whole, are known to be the leaders in the extravagant modifications on automobiles. This no doubt goes in line with the already popular life of glamour and flash in the the region. Although, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have recently come somewhat close to competing in this regard.
Customizing your car is exciting and there’s little doubt as to why people are spending thousands of Dirhams on this venture, despite it being an expensive one.
The cost of customizing your cars depends usually on either the type of car or the kind of job you may want done.
For example:
Candying a car could cost about a minimum of AED 50,000
Custom Wheels and tyres at AED 30,000
Custom Paint jobs cost from AED 15, 000 and above.

Of course these prices are ridiculously expensive. That is why used cars in the uae, is recommending that you check out these guys that modify and accessorize used cars just the way you want it, without the extravagant costs.

Customize your used car in Dubai.(Bluetooth car kits)


When customizing your used car in the uae, one important accessory to include would be the Bluetooth Car kit.
Alright guys, lets be honest. Not all of us are well skilled at Multitasking. I am talking about those of us that think it is possible to use your mobile phones and drive at he same time. This is wrong! Not only is it illegal, it is completely unsafe. Ratings have shown that most accidents that occur in the UAE are caused by negligence and distractions that come with using your mobile phones while driving. How do you take care of this problem? Its simple. Bluetooth Car kits.
Why Bluetooth car kits?
These devices are designed to wirelessly connect to your mobile phones. The most important feature is that they allow you to receive or make telephone calls in the car while you drive. All these, without the risk of losing focus or concentrating from the road.
Another importance, which could be considered as secondary is that they help you stream media such as music or radio channels.
What do you look for in a Bluetooth carkit?
  • Excellent speaker performance
  • Handsfree performance
  • Battery Performance
  • Help and support
What is the ideal Bluetooth car kit?
it should be 
  • portable
  • easy to use and operate
  • user friendly
  • able to connect to any device e.g., android, windows, ios etc.
  • should be affordable

Major car kit devices on the market include

  • Motorola Roadstar 2
  • Jabra Freeway
  • Jabra Drive
  • Motorola Roadstar pro
  • Supertooth HD

For more information on these devices, you can also visit, 2014 best bluetooth carkit comparison reviews.

Customizing your used car in the UAE


Whether you drive a new car or a used car in the UAE, seeing all the magnificence and creativity all around you would most likely inspire and encourage you to modify and customise your car into state of the art. We will all agree that most factory fitted cars are just basic, and this is usually just boring. In the 21st century, there have so many innovations to the art of modifying and customising your car. Sure, you don’t have to make it look like the ones in the fast and furious movies, but there are some easy DIY techniques that could add that extra edge to to the look your car needs.

  • Wheels. Get better tyres that look good and make your car look good. They are to cars what shows are to Ladies *wink*
  • Improve the handling with some fine tuning: Ok so this isn’t about looks, but that nice car needs very good controls.
  • Integrate new cool gadgets and techs
  • Upgrade Car Audio Input
  • Upgrade painting and body works.

The best thing about all these is that you can do them at very relatively low costs. There’s always a way. You should definitely visit this website to know how. How to customise your car