Selling Your Car in Qatar
Where, When and How
When to sell it?
Unfortunately for those leaving the country prior to the summer, prices plunge in June and July as supply of second hand cars increases. In contrast, prices normally increase in September when many people come to Qatar. If you are changing your car and can afford it, buy your new car before the summer and sell your old one after the summer.
Al Fardan Used Cars - one of numerous showrooms dealing in second-hand cars.
Check prices of other similar cars on QatarLiving.com, the newspapers etc prior to selling your car. Price your car a little above what you think it will eventually sell it for - chances are, the price will be bargained down. In general, you'll find that Toyotas hold their value the best, American and Korean cars the worst.
If you want to get the best price, and don't mind the hassle, renew your Estimara (car registration) prior to selling your car. As everyone hates registering their car (and worries about the car failing the obligatory inspection), an Estimara that isn't due for a year can be a key selling point - which is why the expiry date is normally listed on car ads.
Where to sell it?
Qatar Living Classifieds: The most popular method of selling your car in Qatar, and no wonder. It's free and it's effective - posting your car quickly brings in results.
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Although Qatar Living is currently the most popular site, there are numerous other websites with classifieds - others you could try include:
Gulf Times and the Peninsula are the most popular newspapers, and the Gulf Times currently has the best classifieds section. In addition to buying the papers, buyers can also print the classifieds from the Gulf Times website (link). Thursday is generally the best day to put your car in. For more information telephone the Gulf Times on+974 44 466 609/ 44 466 648, or check out their classifieds: GT classifieds.
Supermarket walls are a popular place to sell your car. Family Food, Megamart and Food Palace all offer this service, posting an advert for a few riyals. Again use a photograph for best results.
Dozens of showrooms line Salwa Road, and are always busy in the evenings. Closely located to the car testing rooms, they are convenient for customers. They will also take care of much of the paperwork for you. On the other hand, they also take a chunk out of the sale.
For newer, more expensive cars it may be worth trying the more up market showrooms found around town.
Industrial Area Market
Head to Street 10 in the Industrial Area on a weekend and you'll find a plethora of used cars. There's no fancy testing here - it's done on the sound of the engine. You should be aware that buyers here are looking for a bargain, and sellers are looking for a quick sale. If you have a good car it is probably not the best option.
Wednesday/ Thursday morning is a great time to place an ad for a car, as Thursday afternoon/ Friday is when people have time to look for cars. Schedule some time - many interested potential buyers will want to take your car to the testing centers on Salwa Road.
Car washes are dotted around the city, at major petrol stations and alongside clusters of garages that often take up part of a street. Most of these services will wash the engine for you to make it look more attractive to potential buyers.
Bargaining - you should have priced your car a little too high in order to be able to reduce the price. Beyond that, be patient and don't let yourself be bargained down. Your answer to low bids is clear - if no one else buys it at a higher price I'll get back to you. Before you do so, make sure to re-post your car.
Watch out for:
Professional buyers and sellers
There are plenty of people who spend their free time buying cars one week and selling them for a couple of thousand more the next week. While there is nothing particularly wrong with this, you are not likely to get the best price from these guys!
One tactic is to bargain hard with you, take it to the test center, get a report in Arabic, exaggerate the problems with the car and then try to bargain the agreed price down yet again. Make sure you have a quiet chat with the mechanic testing the car to find out how bad any problems really are, and remember that old cars are not perfect, and this may already be factored into the price.
Transfer ownership of your car at the traffic police station in Madinat Khalifa. (Insert map).
Both purchaser and seller need to sign the transfer form.
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