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Buying a Vehicle in Kuwait

In order to buy a vehicle in your own name, a Civil ID card is required. Cars are affordable and available new and second-hand. The most popular brands seem to be Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi although practically every make of car is available.

The preferred way of purchasing a second hand vehicle is from a friend. Another option is to check the notice board of your local supermarket and the classified sections in the newspapers. If you are interested in purchasing a vehicle, and have any doubt as to whether it has been in an accident, go to your nearest traffic department and try to have the records checked. It is always a good idea to have the car checked by a professional garage.

Almost all of the new car dealerships also sell second-hand vehicles, and usually with some sort of guarantee. For an additional fee they will assist with the arrangements for finance, registration and insurance.

Other second-hand dealers are dotted throughout Kuwait and there is a car market, Souk Al-Harraj, in Ardiya. Auctions take place regularly although there is an element of risk involved with every purchase. The cars cannot be thoroughly checked prior to sale and as soon as a bid is accepted you will be bound by an Arabic contract and a cash deposit. The final payment is expected once the vehicle papers are transferred. There are many second-hand car dealers in Al Rai, Block 2, Streets 9, off Mohammed Bin Al Qassim Street (Road 601), and 22, off the Ghazali Expressway (Road 60).

When you purchase a new car, the registration will be arranged by the dealer. Initial registration is for a period of three years, and is renewed annually thereafter. Prior to a vehicle being re-registered after the initial three-year period, the insurance will have to be paid and the receipt produced at the traffic department. All vehicles undergo mandatory testing prior to the insurance being stamped by the traffic department. The receipt and the expired registration document will then be exchanged for a new registration document (‘diftar’).





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