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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Buying a Car: Should you go for a New Car or a Used Car?

There are a lot of questions that are involved when deciding on buying a car, the first and the most important one is, should you buy a new car or an old car? There is always confusion and a sense of fear as you are going to do this once every 3 to 5 years.

True, that buying a new car ensures low risk, less hassles and full factory warranty for a few years that will give you peace of mind. But, buying an old car does mean a lot of savings. Because no one tells you about the sinister-sounding financial word: depreciation! A new car loses close to 20% of its value from the moment it is driven out of the showroom. Even if it does not lose that much, driving it for a year will ensure that it loses 20% of its value. Not all cars depreciate at the same rate, some rare brands do hold their value exceptionally well. But, if suddenly no one wants the car from the brand that you bought from, you are staring at a way higher depreciation after that.

Not that we can conclude, that used cars are better. While buying a used car, careful consideration of the necessary check points would ensure that you get a car that is as good as a new one. People used to disapprove of used cars by saying it was a sure shot way to buy someone else’s problem. Not anymore. Over the years, cars have never been more dependable. Cars today can deliver more than 100,000 miles before they need major repairs. Regular maintenance on the car like oil change, brake jobs and tires have been reduced as a result of the quality improvement.

Advantages of buying a New Car include –

Made to Order – Gives you the option to spec your new car just the way you want it, like getting the right combination of interior and exteriors color options.

It’s not Used – New car does zero out the hassle by making sure that the car has never met an accident, has not been mistreated by its previous owner, clean history, no wear or tear and more importantly less smelly.

Warranty – Like the other points mentioned above, the option of having a warranty gives you that peace of mind without paying anything extra.

Latest Gizmos & Tech – Cars today come with the geekier tech packed inside. Navigation, USB, Bluetooth, Touch Controls, steering mounted Controls, Launch Control (that you never use), different drive M\modes,

Financing – More financing options and, the banks offer lower financing options on new cars because they are worth more and have yet not depreciated.

Maintenance – Car manufacturers these days offer free scheduled service maintenance for a certain period or mileage, basically saving the cost on its maintenance in the initial years of ownership.

Advantage of buying a Used Car include –

Savings on price – Because buying a used car can save you close to 30% or more, it allows a buyer to step up to a higher-class model.

Depreciation – New cars depreciate the moment you drive out of the showroom. With a used car, there is not depreciation the moment you drive it off. Also, less mental pressure about the first dent or chipped paint as the previous owner would have taken care of those for you.

Cheaper Insurance Rates – The older the car gets, the lesser you pay on its insurance as a result of the depreciation on its price and age of the car.

Easy Registration – Buying a used car saves you a lot time and cost. A used car would require way less registration processes as most of the processes have been done by the previous owner. Also, the cost of registering a used car goes down every year because of its age and depreciation.

Certified Pre-Owned Cars – Buying a used car from a certified pre-owned car dealer ensures that the car has been thoroughly checked and ensuring factory warranty attached with it.

Buying a used car is always a better value proposition. Because, cars are so robustly built these days that a car used for 2-3 years still looks, drives and feels like a new car. Also, if you are learning to drive, then a used car makes a lot more sense as it would save you immensely on the ding that you would occasionally have on your car before ruining your brand-new car with your not so fancy driving skills.

If you get it thoroughly checked by a mechanic, you have nothing to worry when buying a used car. As a car buying consultant, you can reach out to me anytime via email with any questions when buying a New or Used Car.

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