Deciding between economy car rental and owning one? Purchasing a brand new or pre-owned car can be intimidating for first time buyers. It’s an important decision so you have to think it through. But there are tricks to ensure you drive away with a bargain.
Even with a reliable public transportation system, locals and expats in the UAE are choosing to either rent a car or buy one. Riding a bus or taxi can sometimes be unsuitable for regular travel especially for working individuals.
What’s great is that there are plenty of car showrooms and dealerships in every city. In addition, vehicles are less expensive in the country compared to those selling in the USA or UK. Expats will also appreciate the fact that the buying process requires less paperwork and approval waiting times.
Here’s what you need to know when shopping for a car in the UAE:
- Do your homework
Before you set foot in a showroom, research on the features, specs, and models you think is best for you. Understanding what you need can help you steer through the negotiation with confidence. More so, you will be able to rely on data rather than the opinion of the salesman or your emotion.
- Shop around
Browse through online car buying sites and find the ‘invoice’ price rather than the Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). List down the dealerships and private sellers offering your desired vehicle and compare the prices. Dealerships may price differently depending on Emirate. For instance, a certain model may be cheaper in Dubai than in Abu Dhabi.
- Consider pre-owned cars
When it comes to used vehicles, the choice is endless in the UAE. There is a steady stream of expats and foreigners who buy cars and then leave them behind after staying for a short time. This is why used cars in the country are almost always as good as brand new. It’s also possible to get a luxury or sports car at cheaper prices. Just be sure to go for a full vehicle check-up before paying for it.
- Ask for discounts
Stay within your means and purchase a car you can afford. As a car buyer, you are in an ideal position, so do not hesitate to negotiate a lower interest rate. You can walk away from an offer if you are not entirely comfortable with it. Try visiting new showrooms as they are usually on discount or on promotion.
- Long-term leasing plans
Leasing is appealing for businesses and newcomers in the UAE. Lease payments are generally lower than loan payments and can be arranged from one to five years. This, because you will only pay for the car’s depreciation during the lease term including interest charges.
You Can Always Rent A Car
If the whole purchasing process still confuses you, you can always go for a rental until you made up your mind. EuroStar UAE is offering a comprehensive range of vehicles from Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Nissan, Kia to Hyundai for rent.