Whether you’re looking for your first-ever car or treating yourself to an upgrade, it is worth exploring the used car market of the UAE. For many buying a used car in Dubai may prove to be a daunting task due to the perception of risk associated with buying a used car from someone you may not trust, in many cases this concern is justified. We’ve all heard stories of how someone ended up with a lemon and we’ve seen ‘too good to be true’ prices but we feel with a little bit of effort anyone can save a lot of money buying a used car in Dubai.
Relatively newer used cars may provide you with the same performance, features and specs as their new counterparts, but at a fraction of their price. When confused about where to start from and find your dream car? You can buy through CarSwitch
and avoid all the hassle but here’s a short guide on all you need to know if you want to go at it yourself.
- Figure out what you need. Although there’s no limit to the number of added features cars come with nowadays, focus more on functionality. Ask yourself a few questions to figure out the type of car you need, such as how many passengers you’d be carrying, which features are needed (e.g., navigation) and how important is warranty & service contract to you.
- Know your budget. Sketchy sales agents may convince you to buy a car that has left you smitten but you can’t realistically afford. Knowing your budget allows you to filter through the options available and think through your decision carefully, instead of getting distracted by grander cars.
- Look around. Visit dealerships in the Dubai to check out cars that meet your requirements or go to large dealer locations, like Al Awir. Don’t have the time or don’t want to deal with agents? Check out ads on Dubizzle.com or the classified sections of newspapers like Khaleej Times and Gulf News. Buying a used car in Dubai from a dealer means paying a 25-30% premium compared to buying straight from the owner!
- Don’t skip the inspection. Was it love at first sight? Here’s what you need to watch out for:
- Engine: Look under the hood to check for oil seepage. Check the radiator bottle for rust deposits or oil residue. Also note any unusual noises that the car might make.
- Exterior: Most people get hung up on small scratches, but those can easily be polished away. You should worry more about signs of accidents – look for misaligned body panels or use a paintmeter to check for a paintjob.
- Tires & Brakes: Check the remaining life of tires and brake-pads – not only is it dangerous to drive with worn tires/brake pads, but replacements also cost thousands.
- Interior: The pedals will reveal the car’s wear and tear and, while you’re at it, make sure that the odometer reading makes sense – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Test drive: A test drive can tell you more about the car, such as whether the key turns easily, the car is properly aligned and all the components are fully functional.
- Reserve the car: Once your heart is set, the seller will expect you put to down a deposit to reserve the car. This can be a few thousand dirhams and will typically be without paperwork. Make sure that the seller is a trustworthy person and you put in writing (e.g., email) conditions under which the deposit is refundable (e.g., the car’s condition changes, the bank denies your loan application).
- Arrange financing: Cash deals are the easiest and life will get substantially more complex if you want to finance. Make sure that you speak with the relationship manager and fully understand the process (e.g., getting valuation certificates, arranging financing). Also, this can take 1-2 weeks so make sure that the seller realises this.
- Seal the deal. Everything in check? If you’re ready to close the deal, you can do the transfer at the RTA. Make sure you have all the documents without you – who wants to wait 3 hours for his turn and then to be turned away for missing documents? You will need your Emirates ID, driving license or passport with residency visa, and insurance documents. Need insurance quotes? Get free quotes from servicemarket.com. Make sure that the owner brings along his Emirates ID and, if the car is financed, a release letter from the bank.
Feel overwhelmed? Well, you don’t have to! At CarSwitch, we have made it our mission to make buying a used car in Dubai easier for you than it has ever been!
- Say goodbye to shady commission-seeking agents: Check out our switchin’ collection from the comfort of your home. You are buying straight from the owner so you get the same great deal as buying straight from the owner!
- Vetted cars: All cars have undergone the CarSwitch 200pt check, so you’ll know exactly what’s up with the ride you have your eyes on. Every car comes with a 3 month/unlimited Kilometers warranty so you can sleep easy!
- Check it out: We’ll settle a time and date for the viewing, and you can have a chat with our Switchers if you have any questions.
- We’ve got you covered: We’ll deal with the final paperwork at the RTA and get it right the first time, so no need to waste your evening!
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Happy shopping & good luck on finding the right used car in Dubai!