Experts: A step by step guide to car buying in the UAE
Buying a car in Dubai, UAE can be daunting. After all, it’s probably the largest transaction you’ll ever make (after real estate). So where do you start? How do you go about it? The experts at CarSwitch.com have put together their top tips here!
Narrow down your needs: First consider the core requirements you need from your next used car – speed, comfort, space, safety, reliability, economy, adventure or a combination? From there you can begin to draw parallels of the key specs that meet your needs. The easiest starting point is likely the body type. For example, if you’re looking for space and a little adventure, an SUV will likely best meet the cut. Meanwhile, if reliability and economy are a larger concern than consider hatchbacks for example. Second, consider how important reliability is for you. Do you mind making more regular trips to your local garage, or are you the kind of driver that doesn’t know where the nearest garage is! If you’re in the later, then opt for a newer vehicle (+2015 year model) with relatively low mileage (<60,000 km). Doing this helps focus your search and make the online search process more productive.
Shortlist key features: What are the must-have key features for you? Is built in navigation a must, or does your phone with a holder do a better job? What about Leather seats, sunroof, Bluetooth, parking sensors / reverse cams? What about the latest and greatest gadgets from blind spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, bird’s eye cameras? Make a list of must-haves to filter out the cars that just don’t cut it for you. The more feature-rich kind of driver you are the more you are likely to find your match in American, German, or English makes.
Make a budget: Set parameters for how much you want to spend. Do you plan to finance or settle in cash? Start saving up if cash is the way for you. And, if you plan to finance your car then check with your bank to see how much they are willing to loan out to you. Having this estimate would really channel your attention in the right direction. As a general rule of thumb in Dubai, UAE the central bank mandates that your total monthly liabilities (so any existing installments you make and 5% of your credit card limits) do not exceed 50% of your monthly income. That helps you determine how much you can go for.
Used or new? Are you looking for a new or a used car? New is for those that don’t want to risk getting a lemon and want to be sure of the condition of the car. On the other hand, used is for those who are looking for some extra value for money. Online marketplaces like CarSwitch, of course, make the trade-off easier as all the used cars there are pre-inspected and warrantied so you get the best of both worlds.
Luxury or practicability: The finer things in life are a little harder to describe in text, but stand out when you first step into your next car. The grade of leather, the sturdiness of the controls, the sound the car makes when the door closes. In higher-end vehicles, each is engineered to inspire a certain reaction, and this certainly comes with a price. Opting for a used car can help stretch your budget to afford some of these luxuries if that matters to you.
No matter which car type you buy, can provide the answer. With an exhaustive directory of new cars and prices from the agency and pre-inspected used cars direct from private sellers, CarSwitch in Dubai, UAE, may be a one-click option for all your car related worries.