Relocating to a foreign country is quite challenging. This is applicable to moving to Dubai as well. You have to get a good car among other things. You will certainly need it to travel around the city since the public transport is not as convenient and reliable. The metro does not cover a large part of Dubai yet and this makes the necessity of a car even greater.
Most expats prefer to buy used vehicles. This is because they plan to leave the emirate eventually and transporting a car overseas can cost a fortune. There are plenty of pre-owned cars to choose from in Dubai. Most of them are sold directly by their owners who are usually expats as well. You can be certain that you will make a good deal provided that you know what to look for and check when shopping.
The most important thing is to check whether the vehicle has Middle East or Gulf specification. This guarantees that it is built to last and provide optimal performance and comfort in the specific climate conditions in this part of the world. You should also ask about the service history of the vehicle. This will give you a better idea about the qualities of the car and what standard maintenance it will need once you buy it.
You should examine the pre-owned car you are considering to purchase very carefully. Regrettably, road accidents are extremely common in Dubai, so you can expect most vehicles to have been hit once or twice. The damages might not have been serious, but you should check whether or not they have been fixed. You should look around the whole car as well as underneath it to spot any dents or damages of the chassis. Do not miss to open and close gently all doors to confirm that they are not damaged.
You have to make sure that all fluids necessary for the operation of the machine have the right levels. The oil in the dipstick should be clear. The water should not be oily. If these two requirements are not met, the car might have a serious engine problem that might be very expensive to fix. Checking the tires is equally important. Assess carefully the wear and tear. If the tires are older than 3 years, you might not be able to register the vehicle without buying new ones fist. Be careful if you notice uneven wearing. It signals alignment problems.
You should definitely test drive the pre-owned car you plan to purchase. The engine should run smoothly. Check all buttons and controls to make sure they are not damaged. More importantly, the air conditioning system must be working perfectly. If its functioning is impaired in any way, it might cost you a lot to fix it.
When driving the car, you should try its performance at all gears. Perform some more specific tests on the brakes, such as sudden stopping, to make sure they are functioning properly. Assess the visibility as well. Be careful to spot any disturbing noises that the car should not be producing.