If you are looking to save cash, it is a great idea to go for a used car. Great. Now that you’ve made up your mind, you also need to make sure you do not get ripped off. This is our expert checklist to buying a used car in the UAE without getting ripped off.
Inspecting the Exterior
Believe it or not, you won’t be able to tell whether a vehicle has been in an accident or not at first glance. It is only upon careful inspection that you will be able to tell. Stay away from cars that have been in a collision or crash. Or at least expect a big discount if buying. However, small scratches and dents that may occur in parking lots don’t matter that much.
To make sure that the car is accident free, look at and feel the edges of the joints to see if there is an additional layer of paint done. If the chassis of the car is modified, walk away from it as it very likely will not pass vehicle inspections by the RTA in the UAE.
If the car you are looking to buy is more than five years old, look for rust, as this is a clear sign that the car is not properly maintained. Since the weather of the UAE is hot the bodywork can rust if not serviced regularly. Some dealers may cover up the rust with paint but by examining carefully, you will see the signs of corrosion underneath.
Consider the Climate
You might come across dashing imported vehicles while you are browsing and might fall in love but remember you will be driving those vehicles on UAE roads and the climate plays a big role here. Driving cars that are made for colder climates in the UAE can create a number of problems for the car and for your pocket as well.
Last but certainly not least, make sure you check for any traffic tickets associated with the vehicle since fines have to be cleared before you renew the registration and other documents. Make sure these are cleared before you pay up and take possession of the car. You can also check it online by entering the vehicle registration number on the Dubai Police Website.
Where to Buy
People in the UAE use online websites to list and sell their cars. For the best deals, look for a car that is listed by an expat who is leaving the country and wants to sell his vehicle as soon as possible. Melltoo’s Used Cars Apps (UAE, Qatar, Saudi, etc.) is a great place to buy used cars from everyday people like you. We value trust and have salient features like online chat and flag buttons to separate good sellers from potentially bad ones. Our customer support handles each flagged user case carefully and make sure the buying and selling experience is hassle free and a win-win for every party involved.
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