How to Sell a Car in Saudi Arabia?


How to Sell a Car in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia is one of the most active automotive markets across the Middle East, with large number of people buying and selling cars each day. Selling a car without hiring any professional services isn’t recommended if you are a first time buyer.  For your convenience, we have described some important tips to sell a car in Saudi Arabia.

Determine the value of your car

Before offering your car for sale, be aware of its estimated value. Take your car to a local dealer or search through online used car portal to see what offer you get. This is where you build your expectation.

Advertise your offering

Once you know the value of your car, it is time to attract some customers. You can advertise in local newspapers or just place an online ad. Be clear in words and provide as much information as possible. you can use used car section to sell your car.

Provide FAHS

Every vehicle in Saudi Arabia must display FAHS on its windscreen. This shows the vehicle is inspected and declared as safe and fit for the road. If you haven’t placed it on your windshield, give it to the buyer at the time of the deal.

Clear all your dues

If your car has been financed by a bank or private leasing company, check the current loan status to know any outstanding charges. In case you have loan pending on yourself, clear all the dues and acquire a clearance letter or NOC from the institution.

Verify the buyer

Before handing over the keys of your car, make sure the buyer is a Saudi Arabia citizen having a clear track record. Ask for the driving license and the insurance coverage to see if the buyer can be trusted. Besides, do not let the potential buyer go for a test drive alone.

Remove yourself from Istimarah

Istimarah is your vehicle’s card with your name on it, stated as the owner. While selling the car, it is strongly recommended to update the Istimarah and transfer the ownership in the name of the buyer. Else, you may face inconvenience in the future.

Receiving the payment in cash

If you’re dealing on your own, do not trust the buyer. Always ask for a cash payment against the car. Even if one is giving a cheque, do not hand over the keys until the cheque is cleared.

In Saudi Arabia, you can easily find a dealer to sell your car. As these dealers are professional sellers of used cars, they can handle it much easier than you. This would also save your time and hassle.

Terms to know in Saudi

Istimarah – This is the vehicle’s registration in the form of a laminated card that should be kept with the vehicle at all times. It has the owner’s name on it and the license plate of the vehicle. The Istimarah needs to be renewed every three years.

Fahs – This is the vehicle inspection that proves it is safe and roadworthy. This is usually the round sticker found on the windshield.

Al Morot – Traffic police. Expats doing their own paperwork when buying or selling a car will become acquainted with their local traffic police station. Take a book and be sure to pay attention to the line order.

Exhibition – Car dealership, both new and used.

  1. Shaikh Rasheed Ali says

    I am going on final exit in 2 months. I have a Toyota Yaris 2016 leased from Abdul Latif jameel group. I have paid 40% installments. How I can return the car to company without any loss. Or any other way to avoid loss

  2. Hassan says

    Used Lexus lx570 2015 still clean cost 10,000 Oman Rial

    Serious buyer should contact.

    Email address:

    Whatsapp CHAT or Call : +447405502988 or 00447405502988

  3. Frank says

    I would like to know if a vehicle purchased in Saudi Arabia, such as a 2014 Ford Edge can be shipped back to the United States without any issues with EPA and DOT compliance. I would appreciate any feedback

  4. Frank says

    I am selling a 2014 Ford Edge SEL with less than 30,000 KM. Car is located in Dhahran, Saudi Aramco Camp. Asking 85,000 SR or best offer. If interested please call Frank at 055-887-3193

  5. Saad Salam says

    I am willing to sell my Toyota Highlander 2014 XLE only,the car originally owned by me,and it work perfectly fine free from dent or accident,if you are willing to buy or to negotiate with me kindly send me an email if you are interested.
    My Personal Email

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