Expert Tips to Buy a Used Car in the UAE 2
Looking to buy a used car but don’t know where to start or how to ensure it is reliable, safe, and well maintained? Well, we’ve got you covered. Here are some expert tips you must consider before making your decision to buy a pre-owned car in the UAE.
Do Your Research.
Take some time to make a list of everything you would want from a car: for instance, how many people does it need to accommodate? Would you like it to be a hatchback, sedan or an SUV? Are there certain features that you can’t live without? Then research which car fits your needs. Walking into a used cars dealership without doing your research can lead you to the risk of being persuaded by a highly trained salesperson. Instead of buying a used car that fits your needs, you might end up returning home with an oversized jumpsuit.
Setting a budget range for yourself helps you narrow your search and negotiate on a price that you are comfortable with. A rule of thumb is that if you’re planning to take your car on an Auto Loan, your car EMI (monthly payment) should not exceed 20% to 30% of your salary. If you are on a tight budget, you might want to spend less. Also, remember that a used car budget should not just include funds for the car, but also cover the monthly maintenance costs. However, a better option is to buy a pre-paid service contract package to cover the maintenance costs. You can ask the salesperson to club the service package as part of the overall deal.
Get a Comprehensive Check Done.
You may visually check the engine and the frame of the car yourself, but a critical aspect of buying a used car is to get it comprehensively checked by a reliable mechanic. At AG Used Cars, we ensure that the car you are buying has been fully inspected and passed a 145-point inspection, so there is no compromise on quality or safety.
Check the vehicle history report.
You may check the accident history of a car in the UAE by creating an account on the official website of Emirates Vehicle Gate (EVG) and entering the Vehicle Identification Number - VIN. This website has a central repository with information about every single accident a car has ever been in, including the location, type of the accident, and level of damage.
Take a Test Drive.
This is the best way to know if the car is in good condition and if it is the right make and model for you. Remember to check: • Is it easy to get in and out of the car? Is there enough headroom and legroom? • How comfortable is the driving position? Are the seats easily adjustable? Can you tilt or telescope the steering wheel? • How are the tires, brakes, and air conditioning?
Get The Paperwork Done.
Review the sale contract thoroughly. It usually lists the cost of the vehicle, insurance and registration cost, and the applicable VAT. You should consider buying an extended warranty as it protects you against any unseen costs pertaining to the car you are purchasing.
Enjoy Your Ride.
After making sure you go through all the above steps, you can now trust that your newly bought used car is suitable, safe, and reliable for you. Enjoy your ride!