My buying of old Cherokee is an example of buying a used car in Qatar.
For used car information, I normally depend on Qatarliving, classifieds section. Qatarsale or Oasis car are another sites offering selling of used car. For Qatargas employee you might want to check internal Qatargas Online Souk. Some brand dealers also offer used car section such as Honda, Mercedez, GM, Audi & VW and so on (they normally offers certified used car that undergone various point checks. Check their websites! You may also find posted ad in some hypermarket i.e. Family Food Center information board.
The process started with calling, sending an sms or email to seller and make an appointment for viewing the advertised car. Once you know which car you target at, you’d better immediately give a call to seller. Some models are just quick enough in classifieds.
For viewing, I recommend you bring along a friend who knows car very well. He will help you in spotting car negative points and help you in negotiating with the seller. I managed to negotiate my Cherokee from 25K down to 18K. My friend has even negotiated and secured a deal for his range rover from 30K to 18K! You need to be good in “reading” a situation whether the seller is in hurry for cash, whether the car is properly maintained, and whether the car needs some repairs afterward. For additional benefit you can take the car to Vehicle Check shop in Salwa Road for comprehensive check of car condition.
Once you secure a deal you need to finalize car ownership transfer. The process of transfer is straightforward. The seller and the buyer both need to go to Traffic Police Department in person. Prior to that you need to fill in a form (normally it is done by a typist in Traffic Police Department for a 10QR fee. Just present your ID card, car istimarah and he will do the rest. Cost for car ownership transfer is 200QR. Unless agreed by both parties, normal practice is seller absorbs the cost. Insurance does not need to be transferred to new owner.