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UAE set to bring in new contract for car buyer

Car dealers approve Ministry of Economy proposal which aims to protect customer rights

UAE set to bring in new contract for car buyer
Visitors look at luxury cars displayed at a showroom in Dubai. (Getty Images)

Car dealers in the UAE have approved new purchase contracts aimed at improving protection for customers, it was announced on Wednesday.

The new unified form, proposed by the Ministry of Economy to facilitate procedures and protect consumer rights, will be effective from October 1.

The agreement was conveyed to Dr Hashim Al Nuaimi, director of the Ministry's Consumer Protection Department when he met with senior representatives from automobile dealership firms in the UAE on Wednesday.

Al Nuaimi thanked the car dealers for their "positive response" to the proposal, saying it would "energise the automobile sector in the UAE and make buying and selling activity more transparent, to the benefit of customers".

The unified contract form will be obligatory for dealers from October and any dealerships who violate the new rules will be fined. 

Car dealers said in a statement that the new contract would "enhance their business and increase customer confidence".

Al Nuaimi added that the ministry will organise field visits to all car dealership firms in the UAE to oversee the implementation of the unified contract.

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