Buying a used car in the UAE is one of the best ways to get a premium quality car like a Lexus at an affordable price. But before you part with your money, there are a few things you can do to make sure you are getting a good deal. From the condition of your chosen car to checking on any outstanding finance or looking for signs of crash repairs, here is a list of things to check before buying a used car in the UAE.
You already have a good idea of your budget when you start looking to buy a used car in the UAE. However, to make sure you're getting value for money, do a little research on the current market value of the models you are interested in. This is especially important if you buy privately. Reputable dealerships such as Al-Futtaim Lexus will always ensure that you're paying a fair price for a used car, whether that's a pre-owned Lexus SUV or a sedan.
If there are gaps in the vehicle’s service history, this may indicate that the car hasn't been cared for as well as it should have been. If those gaps are recent, then the vehicle could be harbouring some hidden problems or even major faults that have not been identified by a service centre. Always make sure the car you are interested in has a full service history, preferably with receipts to show how much has been spent on new or replacement parts.
Major repairs, including airbag replacement, are a significant warning flag when buying a used car. Minor exterior crash damage may appear to be superficial, but it could indicate further problems beneath the surface, such as a damaged chassis. This could potentially be very dangerous. Likewise, major engine rebuilds could indicate a lack of care by the previous owner.
Finance options on pre-owned cars make owning a luxury brand like a Lexus more affordable. But before you take on a second-hand car, make sure that there is no outstanding finance on the vehicle. If you buy your vehicle from a respected dealer such as Al-Futtaim Lexus, we will ensure that all finance issues have been addressed before the car is offered for resale.
It's a basic check but an important one – do the VIN/chassis numbers match? If they don't, the best advice we can give you is to walk away. Mis-matched VIN/chassis numbers could indicate a car has been stolen, and the chassis numbers restamped to hide its identity.
Modified cars can hide a wealth of problems. If the modifications are purely cosmetic, you shouldn't have too many issues to deal with. But if the engine has been modified, it's been changed from a right-hand to a left-hand drive, or the suspension has been lowered, you could have hidden problems lurking in the background. It may also make it difficult to sell on.
The best advice is to buy your second-hand car from a reputable dealer. At Al-Futtaim Lexus, our experienced technicians inspect every pre-owned Lexus from top to bottom before offering it for sale. With a warranty on all cars, a complete service package available, and finance options, you get the ultimate Lexus Experience and peace of mind all in one.
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