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What is the best way to buy a car?

16 August 2020

A car is one of the most important – and expensive – investments you can make. However, in the modern world personal transport is essential, so whether you’re looking for new or pre-owned vehicles, it’s a must-have purchase that you need to consider carefully. Not only are you thinking about the cost, but you need to ask yourself what you want from your vehicle. Do you need it to do the school run or go adventure touring through the dessert? Is it your everyday commuter car, or a weekends-only, top-down sporty number?

Other questions you need to ask are focused around the financial aspect of buying a car. So what is the best way to buy a car without breaking the bank? Is it wise to get a bank loan or should you look for deals where you can buy a car with finance options? Should you go to a dealer or through private adds? Here are a few top tips to make buying a car in the UAE easier.

New or pre-owned – which is best?

There are two main options when you buy a car – you can buy new or you can look for a pre-owned car that may have a few more miles on the clock but is still in great condition. The benefits of buying a new car are that you can be sure it’s in pristine condition and comes with a full warranty. If you do have any issues then your dealer will be responsible for rectifying them and ensuring that you get thousands of miles of happy and trouble-free motoring out of your car.

The big benefit with a pre-owned car is that it’s much cheaper to buy, but if you’re looking to buy a used car then approach the transaction with caution. Our top tip: buy your pre-owned car in the UAE from a reputable dealer. Not only will you be able to pick and choose from a wide selection of used models, but you’ll also have the opportunity to buy a car on finance so that you can spread the cost. You’ll also get a short warranty (usually 12 months) for greater peace of mind.

What to check when buying a car

The biggest indicator that a used car has been cared for properly is a full service history. Ask the dealer or seller if they have all the documentation detailing what has been done to the car, and check that it has been through all of its designated services. If you’re buying a used car through private ads then you may want to do a check first to ensure there is no outstanding finance against the vehicle, or that it hasn’t been reported as stolen or written off and then repaired after a crash.

Should you buy a car online?

It is possible to buy a car online, although we do strongly recommend that you only buy from a dealership that you trust, such as Toyota UAE. It is very easy to buy a car online, and it’s certainly the place to go if you want to find out more about what’s on offer, read specifications and know the price. Also, you do a little bit of background research before you make your final choice and ask our Toyota sales consultant. We always recommend booking a test-drive to make sure that you’ve chosen the right car, which you should be able to do easily online.

Buying a certified pre-owned car

If you buy a pre-owned car then it’s always wise to make sure it’s a certified pre-owned vehicle that has undergone rigorous checks and testing before it’s put up for sale. Remember that you can only buy a certified pre-owned car from a reputable dealership – a private sale is almost always a ‘bought as seen’ situation, meaning you have no recourse if things go wrong.

Buy a car with finance options or a bank loan – which is best?

It can be surprising just how much it costs to buy a new car, which is why you need to factor in finance options or a bank loan. Finance options can be more flexible but instalments may be higher than the repayment costs of a bank loan. However, you may also be able to take advantage of special deals for finance options, such as 0% interest offers and extended payment plans.

While the benefits of buying a new car are considerable, it’s always worth looking at the pre-owned showrooms to see what’s on offer. If you’re prepared to take a model that’s a year or two older then you may be able to find some great deals if you’re looking to buy a second hand car in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or throughout the UAE.

Why not talk to the experts at Toyota UAE to find out what’s on offer today? With a huge range of new and pre-owned vehicles as well as full servicing facilities, they’re the people to talk to if you want to buy with confidence.