The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) has issued a notice to protect the rights of used and new car buyers. Distributors have to provide signed documents showing date of delivery, price and more.
The Consumer Protection and Combating Commercial Fraud Department at MoCI has issued Circular No 1 of 2023 to specify the obligations of car providers to consumers when buying or reserving cars by preparing a form for a ‘delivery date document’ that includes mandatory data in accordance with the provisions of the law. This circular comes in line with MoCI’s keenness to protect consumers’ rights when buying or reserving new or used cars.
MoCI referred to Law No 8 of 2008, regarding the protection of consumers, and amendments which clarified the obligations of providers in line with the protection of consumers’ rights, Article 8 relates to the rights of consumers to obtain additional information as per the executive regulations of this law, which stipulates in Article 4 the nature of data that should be available in the document issued by the providers, leading to the following decision:
The preparation of a form to reserve a vehicle, which includes the following:
- Name and address of the provider, and the date
of the invoice
- Type of vehicle or service, plus a basic description
- Sale unit
- Number of units sold
- Unit condition (if used)
- Price of the unit or service in Qatari Riyal
- Delivery date
- Signature/seal of the provider or his/her legal representative
- Serial number of the unit and its components
The form is completed once the provider is certain about the availability of the vehicle requested by the consumer, and once the dates of delivery and payment are specified.
Providing the customer with a copy of the ‘delivery date form’:
All car dealers concerned with this circular shall regularly provide the Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department with a monthly statement of car reservations and make it readily available.
In addition, MoCI decided to give car dealers residing in Qatar a week’s notice to implement the changes and inform the Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud Department about it.
MoCI affirms that after the expiry of the deadline, it shall intensify its inspections to monitor the adherence of car dealers to the new regulations, and it will deal with any violation of the obligations stipulated in Law No 8 of 2008 and its implementing regulations related to consumer protection.
MoCI encourages all citizens and residents to report any violations.
For more information, visit moci.gov.qa or call the MoCI Call Centre 16001
Author: Ola Diab
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