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UAE Restricts Salvage Car Imports

The United Arab Emirates imports more salvage cars from the USA than any other country. It's a profitable business, with tens of thousands of cars being purchased from US salvage car auctions and sent to the port of Jebel Ali. They are imported for a number of reasons; either to be fixed up and resold locally, or to get re-exported to surrounding countries. Due to safety concerns however, the UAE government is imposing a ban on salvage vehicles for road use starting on May 1st.


Salvage cars will no longer be allowed to be registered and insured in the UAE. But the government will leave the door open for re-exports of salvage vehicles through the UAE to surrounding countries. Business will also be allowed to import salvage cars for parts.


After the new law goes into effect, the UAE will see a drop in the number of cars imported from the USA, Germany and Japan. We have previously seen a dramatic fall in volume when other nations forbid the import of salvage cars completely.

Here are some of the reasons why salvage cars are not allowed to be imported into some countries:

  • Safety concerns. Salvage cars may have been damaged in a serious accident, and they may have hidden structural or mechanical problems that could make them unsafe to drive.
  • Insurance concerns. Insurance companies may be reluctant to insure salvage cars, which could make it difficult to get insurance for them.
  • Environmental concerns. Salvage cars may contain hazardous materials, such as asbestos or lead, which could pose a risk to the environment if they are not disposed of properly.
  • Regulatory concerns. Some countries have regulations that prohibit the import of salvage cars.

It is important to note that the reasons why salvage cars are not allowed to be imported vary from country to country. It is always best to check with the authorities in the country you are importing the car to to find out what the specific requirements are.

If you are considering buying a salvage car, it is important to do your research and make sure that you are aware of the risks involved.