Top 5 cars to buy in the UAE in 2018

UAE is one of the craziest markets to have some of the best cars available worldwide. Not only are the residents here spoiled for choice, but the love for cars has led to an unlimited catalog of some amazing Supercars, Luxury Cars & Sports Cars that are nowhere to be seen in the world. Some of the most beautiful & rare cars exist here in UAE. In fact, as per a survey by Autodata Middle East, people in UAE on an average change their car every 3 years. It’s that frequent! And it is this reason, that pretty much all the manufacturers are available in the UAE.

With such variety of cars in option, one is sure to get confused. While a car in every design and budget is available in the UAE, a majority of the car buyers also think about a lot of factors like car maintenance, parts & resale value. Every car depreciates differently which needs to be factored in when buying a car. In order to make your car buying decision a little easier, here is a list of the top 5 car manufacturers & their top selling cars in the UAE between 2017 and 2018 in descending order.

  1. Toyota
Toyota Land Cruiser (Photo Credit – autoexpress.co.uk)

By far, the most popular car brand in UAE with a market share of 23%. Toyota makes some of the most robust & reliable cars which are suitable for a country like UAE where the harsh summers take a toll on the car. But with, Toyota’s quality & reliability that is taken care of.

One of their most popular selling car and a desert favorite too is the Land Cruiser which is equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 engine that produces 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. It comes with an automatic transmission and gives fuel economy of 11 kmpl which is impressive for a car that size and with an engine that big.

  1. Mercedes Benz
Mercedes S-Class (Photo Credit – motor1.com)

Quite a surprise this may seem but Mercedes comes second in the overall sales in UAE with a market share of just over 12%. While everyone is pretty much a fan of German cars & their engineering, Mercedes S-Class is their best selling model compared to the other models available. The fuel economy ranges anywhere from 8.5 to 11 kmpl based on the driving conditions with power ranging from 230 to 575 Bhp. All the Mercedes cars are available with an Automatic Transmission.

  1. Nissan
Nissan Patrol Safari (Picture Credit – nissan.com)

Nissan cars have always been an integral part of the UAE’s transportation network. No wonder it comes third on the list of Top 5 manufacturers with a market share of little over 11%. With the same build quality & reliability just like Toyota & in a country obsessed with SUVs their most sought after model is the Patrol Safari. With cheap maintenance costs, the Patrol Safari comes fully loaded with intelligent 4 cameras that give you a 360-degree view of your vehicle and audio-visual alert to help you detect any objects around the car. Equipped with a 4 wheel drive system, the Patrol Safari comes with an option of 5 speed manual or 5 speed automatic gearbox.

  1. Lexus
Lexus LX 570 (Photo Credit – lexus.com)

Japanese sure know how to capture the market. Coming on the fourth spot is the Lexus. Lexus is the luxury car division of Japanese automaker Toyota. It is Japan’s largest-selling maker of premium cars. Lexus has a market share of 8.5%. The premium manufacturer’s LX 570 is one of the best selling cars in the UAE market. With almost 513 Bhp from a 5.7 liter engine and an Automatic Transmission, this five seater off roader comes with multi-function steering wheel, wireless charging & a fancy gear knob.

  1. Hyundai
Hyundai Tuscon (Picture Credit – carscoops.com)

These days Hyundai is pretty much into every market. And wherever they are, they make sure they are in the top 5. Grabbing the fifth spot in the list, Hyundai makes the highest money by selling the Tucson. Inspired by the new fluidic design concept, the Tucson has a modest 2 liter engine that churns out anywhere between 150 to 180 Bhp. And it isn’t behind in the safety department either as it comes with 6 airbags. Hyundai is one of the fastest growing automobile manufacturer and is catching up with the other manufacturers too. It has a decent resale value and is super reliable too.

A lot of car manufacturers are eyeing to dominate the UAE’s growing car market. And there are several new automobile companies that plan on entering into the UAE market soon. One of the major attractions of UAE is the host of Supercars, Fancy & Luxurious Cars that are always passing by whenever you step out on the road.

Which Car manufacturer is your favourite? Which Car do you plan on buying? Let me know in the comments section below. Also, if you need any help in deciding which car to buy, feel free to consult me. You can send an email with your doubts and I shall be more than happy to help you out.

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Car Odometer or Od(d)ometer? Part-2

Odometer Rollback
Odometer Rollback – There is certainly a rise in odometer tampering

Continuing from the last blog, after we see the car. The moment I saw this Civic, I thought the car had really long and a hard life. I asked my friend, “Are you sure, it’s this one?” He said “Yeah! Exactly the one I was looking for.” I paused for a moment. At this point, I realized that all he wanted was a vehicle with four wheels, some boot, five seats and at a price that his bank account would permit him to spend. This Civic was a perfect match for his criteria, essentially ticking all the right boxes except one.

Whilst talking to the dealer he said “This car is company owned and driven car. It’s only 5 years old, it has clocked 25,078 kms and is for Rs.4,50,000 (Approx $7000).” Before my friend could explain the reason he chose this car, I asked the dealer, “But, the condition of the car does not match with the odometer readings? I mean look at the worn out tyres, rattling dashboard and engine swaying around.” At this point, I sensed the dealer trying hard to convince us and failing miserably, regretting his decision to not pursue accounting. At this stage, I insisted my friend to take the chassis number, registration number and odometer reading and to verify it from outside.

So, I advised him to go to any of the Honda’s service center and ask them about the car’s service history. Once he gives all the details, the center would co-operate and not judge him as someone trying to hatch a plan to steal the car.

The next day, I again get a call from him, this time in a worried tone. “This car, when it went it went last time for servicing had clocked 65,240 kms.” At this stage, my doubt was confirmed, that the dealer had rigged the odometer to show the car was in a very good condition and taken care of properly. But what really gave in was that the car looked seemingly tired, dull and was company driven. My friend called the dealer about the car, but he had finally realized that accounting was better.

An odometer reading is like going through a car’s age. The more running it has done, older and more problematic it can be later. Though, there are people (existing in small percentage) that do maintain their cars, irrespective of the kilometers covered. The questions remains how do you discover the car’s true condition if there is no guide to help you. Well, there are a few ways that will help you from getting duped –

  • Always compare the kilometers on the odometer with that of the vehicle’s maintenance & service history.
  • Ask your mechanic to inspect the car for you to compare the mileage and the wear & tear of the car.
  • Notice the condition of various car components like brake, clutch and accelerator cable and match it with the odometer reading of the car.
  • Take a good look at the tyres, to check them for wear and match it with the odometer reading.
  • Raise a doubt, if the vehicle mileage does not match with the old looking condition of the car.
  • If a car has mechanical odometer and not a digital one, check if the numbers on the odometer gauge are aligned properly, and they do not have any wobbling or gaps when you run the car.
  • Do not believe a dealer, blindly.

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Car Odometer or Od(d)ometer? Part-1

Car OdometerAfter driving through craters and finding my way through the traffic filled with Olas and Ubers that zig zag the roads of Mumbai, I reached the place for dinner with a friend of mine. Coming from an automotive background I’m often asked for suggestions and opinions on cars. This was just another day, though more interesting as it turned out. My friend asked for some suggestions as he wished to buy a second hand car. Since, this would be his first car, I said “Go for a Maruti Swift;” Generally, this does the trick as it is well-known, affordable and durable.
However, he wanted better, a car that fits his specific needs. So he replied, “Come on. You can do better. Suggest me something that fits my style.” Now I cannot really make suggestions unless I know what they need it for and their budget. Also it matters if they have prejudice to Japanese, Indian (JLR isn’t Indian, it’s just being taken over), American, Korean, European or British.
“Is your wife prone to car sickness?” I asked him and before he could answer, “How many people are going to be using the car? Do you prefer extra airbags for safety? Are the people using it overweight?” Because these are the things that matter when it comes to choosing a car. If you are prone to car sickness, opt for non-fabric seats. If driving on the highway is routine for you, then you would need those bursting pillows hidden inside your steering and the dash, so that you can thank the modern invention like an airbag for saving your life in case of accidents. I went through a full range of necessary questions and based on his answers told him that the best car for him would be a Honda Civic.
He was convinced about it and we had our dinner assuming that this topic was over for me after that. Two days later, I get a call from him saying “Would you be free to check a Civic that I have shortlisted?” I decided to help him out.
The next morning, I went with him to the dealer’s place who seemed like a guy who never really wanted to run an automobile business but instead wanted to become an accountant. He took us to the parking lot where the car was. We looked around for the car wondering where it was, the dealer said “It’s in front of you.” Now, my friend had already seen the pictures of the car before paying a visit to the dealer, so it was obvious that he would recognize the car. But, even he could not.
There is an interesting story that unfolds about the car odometer after we get in terms with the condition of the car. The part two of the blog deals with how we unearth some truths about the actual condition of the car and what how the car odometer was rigged.

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