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5 common mistakes car owners make in UAE

Here are the five most common mistakes car owners make:

1) You sit in your car, start it, and immediately put it into Drive (or into first gear, in the case of manual cars) and zip away. AVOID doing that. Once you start your car, let it idle for about 10 seconds, allowing for the revs to come down and reach ideal idling RPMs. Use that time to put on the seat belt or to adjust the seats. Put it into Drive only about 10 seconds after starting the car. These 10 seconds will allow the oil to start circulating to important engine components. The older the car, the more important this is.

2) Accelerating too hard immediately upon starting the car. DO NOT do this. Let the RPMs slowly build up, as the engine is not yet warm. Accelerate in a relaxed manner until you have reached optimum engine temperature.

3) READ the owner’s manual. It’s surprising how few people do this. If you own a car, you should know what every button on the instrument cluster is for. Where is the rear window wiper located? Which button circulates air inside the cabin? The owner’s manual is a treasure trove of information about your car. Which engine oil does the manufacturer recommend? Is it 5W-20 or 5W-30? How long can you go without changing the Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF, commonly known as gear oil)? What is the best coolant to use for your car? The owner’s manual tells you all this, and much, much more.

4) Look under the bonnet once in a while. Just have a cursory glance at the engine bay. This helps you re-acquaint yourself with your car. Locate key, basic stuff, such as the engine oil dipstick, the radiator cap (or the cap of the coolant reservoir in some cars), the washer fluid reservoir, the brake fluid tank, the power steering fluid tank. Should be very easy to do. Once you have done that, pull out the engine oil dipstick and inspect the oil level. When was the last time you changed your oil? Your owner’s manual says it must be done once in 5,000km (or 10,000km or 15,000km, depending on the vehicle). Check the coolant level, too. Is it in line with the marker in the tank? Or has it fallen below, in which case it needs to be topped up? Is there enough power steering fluid? Coolants, brake fluid, and power steering fluid are cheap and available in most petrol stations, not to mention car parts stores. Keep them in small quantities in the boot of your vehicle, along with a small funnel. You can top it up whenever the level goes below the marker in these tanks.

5) CHECK your tyre pressure. You don’t have to wait till your next service appointment or visit to a lube oil garage. Your vehicle’s ideal tyre pressure, for hot or cold weather, is mentioned on the door jam on the driver’s side (a sticker with barcode that has all sorts of important details, such as origins, year of manufacture etc). Once you’ve determined what the ideal tyre pressure is for your car, you can invest a few dirhams in the pencil-style tyre pressure gauge and keep it handy to help you check the tyre pressure from time to time. In many vehicles, this comes with the took kit. So check there first. In many newer, higher end vehicles, sensors display this information on the dashboard. Just keep an eye!

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6 essential tips for buying new cars in UAE

Buying a new car can be hard, especially if you’ve never been through the process before. With around 60 different brands to choose from in the UAE and recent Facebook research revealing that most people only consider three brands to begin with it can be hard to know whether or not you’re making the right decision. The used car market is a great place to look if you want to get the most bang for your buck, but there are a number of uncertain-ties and pitfalls which can be challenging to navigate.

The best way to avoid the uncertainties of the used car market is to buy new – but how affordable is it, and what about depreciation? Read on to discover our six tips for buying a new car in the UAE brought to you by Simply New Cars, and Simply Concierge.

Do your research

Decide on what’s most important to you – are you looking for the height and safety of a large SUV? Or perhaps the comfort and style of a luxury sedan? Deciding on exactly what you want your next new car to have allows you to start defining your choices, and sites like simplynewcars.com allow you to use that criteria to discover the cars that might match your needs.

Look, touch, feel

Just because a car matches your needs doesn’t mean that you will be happy with it. Once you have narrowed your search down to a few cars head out to the dealerships and experience the car in the metal. Sit inside, adjust the seat, think about how you will use the car on a daily basis. Are the cup holders large enough? Does it have handy storage compartments? How’s the visibility from your seat?

Secure your finance

A lot of new car purchases these days are made on finance. With low interest rates this can be an excellent way of levelling up to the perfect car for your lifestyle. Knowing what to expect before beginning the finance process can help ensure you give yourself the best chance of approval. – Some banks have a minimum salary requirement of around Dhs15,000 per month, and require you to have been with your company for at least three months. While this doesn’t apply to all lenders you should be prepared to call around if you fall below these thresholds. – Your DBR (Debt Burdon Ratio) is important. In simple terms this is the amount of debt exposure you have, relative to your salary. Your debt (such as personal loan repayments, mortgage repayments, etc.) should not exceed 50% of your salary each month. – 5% of your credit card limit will be counted as part of your DBR. This means if you have a credit card limit of Dhs100,000 then 5,000 Dhs will be added to any other monthly repayments you have to calculate your DBR. If your credit card limit will put you over the 50% threshold then you can ask your bank to reduce your limit.

Don’t be afraid to negotiate

Dealerships are eager to sell as many cars as possible. Always ask what kind of deal the company is able to offer you to buy one of their cars instead of the competition. They may not be able to take any money off the cost of the car but can possibly throw in extras such as extended servicing packages, free window tinting, or other products that add value to your purchase.

Depreciation matters, but so do your needs

With a few exceptions most cars will depreciate the moment you drive them out of the showroom. However, the rate of depreciation varies wildly from car to car, and is impacted by a number of factors – some of which mean that deprecation may not be as much of a concern as you might think. Generally speaking, the cheaper the car is new, the less you will lose on depreciation. New cars in the Dhs30,000 – 100,000 price range represent excellent value as a 20% depreciation loss doesn’t translate to a huge amount of cash. When this smaller loss is compared to the benefits you receive from owning a new car (such as warranty & service packages, and freebies such as insurance & registration) then a new car purchase becomes a lot more viable relative to buying used. The used car market doesn’t often identify the differences between each trim level very well, so while it may be easier to sell the top spec version, you won’t necessarily receive much more money for it than someone selling a low-mid spec version of the same car.

Think of the long-term running costs

One of the most important questions to ask yourself when buying a new car is, “How long do I intend on owning this car for?”. Combined with that, you need to consider what level of servicing costs you’re prepared to pay for. Once you have made those decisions you should pay attention to the service contracts being offered (or not) by the dealerships to help you figure out how much you may need to pay in the coming years for servicing and maintenance. As a general rule, European cars will be the most expensive to service and maintain in the UAE, followed by American cars, then Japanese cars, with Korean and Chinese brands being the cheapest to maintain.

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JAC S7 Special offer

The all new JAC S7 with power packed 2.0 turbo engine is finally here!  Buy it for prices starting from AED 1,143 per month. View related image for more details or call +971 4 292 9300.

About JAC UAE

Located in China and facing tough competition from automotive manufacturers such as Changan and Geely, JAC’s line up in the United Arab Emirates spreads across six models and eight different versions- the most budget-friendly of which is the JAC J4 2018 at AED 32,000. Founded by Chinese Government, and belonging to the Jac Motors Group, the Chinese brand is one whose loyal fan base has grown significantly since 1964. Mentioned below are detailed prices, specs, and features of all JAC vehicles, including highly sought after models such as the M5, in UAE.

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Toyota Cashback offer

Welcome 2020 in advance with a shopping spree.

This November, make your New Year resolution of buying a brand-new Toyota come true. Buy your favourite 2020 Toyota for a new beginning before everyone else. You also get a Toyota Rewards card worth up to AED 10,000, which you can redeem against anything your heart desires – fancy new clothes, a European holiday, car accessories and much, much more. The best part is that you can buy a Toyota easily with our special hassle-free trade-in facility and low monthly instalments.

This offer is available on a range of Toyota vehicles such as:

Land Cruiser, starting from AED 3,052

Fortuner, starting from AED 1,642

RAV4, starting from AED 1,377

Camry, starting from AED 1,314

Corolla, starting from AED 1,018

Come, start shopping for 2020 now.

About Toyota UAE

Toyota’s line-up in the UAE stretches nineteen models and fifty-five unique trims – the most low-cost of which is the Toyota Yaris Hatchback.Belonging to the Toyota Group, Toyota is one that has been in existence and whose fan base has grown greatly for the past 80 years. Highly sought after models are the Camry, Land Cruiser, and FJ Cruiser, in UAE.

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ModelTypeEngineBHP/NMTransmissionPrice
YARIS HATCH1.3L/4-CYL84/121A53,900
YARISSALOON1.5L/4-CYL107/141A61,900
YARISSALOON1.5L/4-CYL105/140A55,900-63,900
COROLLASALOON1.6L/4-CYL121/154A67,500-73,900
COROLLASALOON2.0L/4-CYL143/187A71,500-78,900
CAMRYSALOON2.5L/4-CYL181/235A83,900-103,900
AVALONSALOON3.5L/4-CYL273/346A134,900-156,900
PRIUSSALOON1.8L/4-CYL97/142A82,900-97,900
86COUPE2.0L/4-CYL200/205A109,900
PREVIAMPV2.4L/4-CYL168/224A125,900-137,900
FORTUNERSUV2.7L/4-CYL164/244A109,900
FORTUNERSUV4.0L/V6235/376A129,900-145,000
RAV4SUV2.5L/4-CYL177/233A87,900-127,500
PRADOSUV2.7L/4-CYL164/245A124,500-150,500
PRADOSUV4.0L/V6271/381A154,000-188,500
LAND CRUISERSUV4.0L/V6271/385A219,000-253,000
LAND CRUISERSUV4.6L/V8304/439A240,000-309,000
LAND CRUISERSUV5.7L/V8362/530A264,000-339,500
FJ CRUISERSUV4.0L/V6270/380A140,000-158,900
INNOVAMPV2.7L/4-CYL164/245A93,900-103,500
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Honda 5 Day Pre-Owned Sale

Mark your calendars! Honda is excited to invite all fans to the Pre-Owned Vehicles sale event happening at Dubai Festival City showroom from November 6th-10th. Save Up To AED 15,000 and get a chance to win a prize from Honda. Call 80046633 for more details.

About Honda UAE

Standing tall against automotive brands such as Toyota, Nissan, and Hyundai, Honda’s line-up in the UAE stretches eight models and twenty-nine different trims. Belonging to the Honda Motor Company Group, Honda is one that has been in existence and whose fan base has grown considerably for the past 71 years.

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ModelTypeEngineBHP/NMTransmissionPrice
ACCORDSALOON2.4L185/245CVT74,900
ACCORDSALOON3.5L274/3386A126,900
ACCORD COUPESALOON2.4L185/245CVT104,900
ACCORD COUPESALOON3.5L278/3426A125,900
CRVSUV2.4L184/244CVT89,900
PILOTSUV3.5L280/3556A115,900
ODYSSEYMPV3.5L280/3556A135,900

 

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Chery Tiggo 7 Special offer

Check out this amazing offer for Tiggo 7 starting from AED 987 per month and get FREE Registration, Service, 5 years/150 K Warranty, Llumar tinting. Call +971 4 292 9900 for more details.

About Chery UAE

A tough rival to competing brands such as Changan and Geely and Haval, Chery is a Chinese automotive manufacturer that is known for models such as the Tiggo 3 and Tiggo 5. With five models ranging across six unique versions, there’s a decent range on offer for buyers in the United Arab Emirates to choose from. A member of the Chery Group , Chery is one that has been in existence and whose fan base has grown significantly since 1997. Chery vehicles are sold in the United Arab Emirates by Al Habtoor Motors.

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Geely Emgrand GT Cash Discount Offer

Enjoy AED 10,000 Cash Discount & 3 YRS 50% Buyback Guarantee on the Award Winning 2.4L Emgrand GT priced for AED 69,995. It is equipped with Navigation, Reverse Camera, 18” Michelin Tyres, LED Headlamps, Leather Seats, Panoramic Sunroof, 6-Airbags and Many More. Call 800 GEELY (43359) to Book Your Test Drive Today!

About Geely UAE

Brought into being by Li Shufu, Geely is a Chinese marque that is recognized for models such as the Emgrand GT and X7. Geely competes against the likes of Changan and Brilliance and Haval. Offering potential buyers a choice of 3 models and 7 varying versions to pick from, Geely is headquartered in Zhejiang, China and distributed by Union Motors in the country..

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RAM deals & Offers

Trading Enterprises is offering a 20% dealer downpayment on the 2017 RAM truck models spanning the Express Regular Cab, Big Horn Regular Cab, and Laramie Crew Cab. The offer enables monthly installments from just AED 2,249 and also brings with it a 5-year Manufacturer Warranty, 5-year Service Contract and 5 year Road side assistance. View related image for more details or call 800 4119.

About RAM UAE

A tough rival to competing brands such as Ford, Chevrolet, and GMC, RAM is an American automotive producer that is recognized for models such as the 1500. With one models spread across five different versions, there’s a decent range for buyers in the United Arab Emirates to choose from. Founded by FCA, and a part of the Fiat Chrysler Automobile Group, RAM is one whose loyal fan base has grown considerably for the past 7 years.

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BMW X7 offer

Own the X7 today starting from AED 6,990 per month, or lease it for AED 8,900 per month. For more information, visit your nearest AGMC showroom today.

A statement of the luxury class: this is the X7. The spacious interior of the X7 offers incomparable comfort all the way to the third-row seats. Attention to detail and ultra-fine materials coupled with a wide range of driving assistance functions make for a truly exceptional driving experience.

About BMW UAE

A worthy rival to competing brands such as Audi and Mercedes Benz and Lexus, BMW is a German automotive producer that is recognized for models such as the 3 Series, 4 Series, and 7 Series. With 29 models spread across 49 unique versions, choice for buyers in UAE is aplenty. Founded by Franz Josef Popp, Karl Rapp, and Camillo Castiglioni, and a member of the BMW Motor Company Group, BMW is one whose loyal fan base has been on the rise for the past 101 years. BMW vehicles are sold in the United Arab Emirates by AGMC.

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ModelTypeEngineBHP/NMTransmissionPrice
1251HATCHBACK2.0/V218/3108A145,000
2281COUPE2.0/V245/3508A175,000
M2351COUPE3.0/6326/4508A205,000
M2COUPE3.0/6370/4657A270,000
M2351CONVERTIBLE3.0/6326/4508A215,000
3181SALOON1.5/3136/2208A135,000
3401SALOON3.0L/6326/4508A235,000
M3 COMPETITION PACKAGESALOON3.0L/6450/5507A420,000
18 HYBRIDCOUPE1.5L/3362/5706A600,000
4201CONVERTIBLE2.0L/4184/2708A210,000
4301CONVERTIBLE2.0L/4252/3508A235,000
4401CONVERTIBLE3.0L/6326/4508A255,000
4201COUPE2.0L/4184/2708A200,000
4301COUPE2.0L/4252/3508A225,000
4401COUPE3.0L/6326/4508A240,000
4201GRAND COUPE2.0L/4184/2708A255,000
4201GRAND COUPE2.0L/4352/3508A225,000
4401GRAND COUPE3.0L/6326/4508A240,000
M4 COMPETITION PACKAGECOUPE3.0L/6431/5507A430,000
M4 COMPETITION PACKAGECONVERTIBLE3.0L/6431/5507A440,000
5301SALOON2.0L/4252/3508A260,000
5401SALOON3.0L/6340/4508A300,000
M5501 XDRIVESALOON4.0/8462/6508A400,000
6401CONVERTIBLE3.0L/6320/4508A390,000
6501CONVERTIBLE4.0/8450/6508A440,000
6401COUPE3.0L/6320/4508A385,000
6401 GRAN COUPECOUPE3.0L/6-CYL320/4508A250,000
6501 GRAN COUPECOUPE4.0/8450/6508A290,000
730LI S DRIVESALOON2.0L/4326/4506A295,000
740LI S DRIVESALOON3.0L/6450/6506A405,000
750LI S DRIVESALOON4.0/8407/6006A465,000
X1 201SCUV2.0L/4192/2808A160,000
X1 XDRIVE 251CUV2.0L/4231/3508A185,000
X3 281CUV2.0L/4245/3508A195,000
X3 351CUV3.0L/6306/4008A225,000
X4 351SUV3.0L/6245/3508A210,000
X4 351SUV3.0L/6306/4008A250,000
X4 M401SUV3.0L/6360/4658A285,000
X5 501SUV4.0L/8450/6508A330,000
X5 40E HYBRIDSUV2.0L/4310/6008A380,000
X5 MSUV4.0/8575/7508A495,000
X6 351SUV3.0L/6306/4008A305,000
X6 501SUV4.0/8450/6508A325,000
X6 MSUV4.0/8575/7508A510,000
M760LI XDRIVESALOON7.0L/12610/8008A535,000
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Chrysler Drive Days Promotion

Trading Enterprises is offering a 20% dealer downpayment on the Chrysler 300. The offer enables monthly installments from just AED 2,377 and also brings with it a 5-year Manufacturer Warranty, 5-year Service Contract and 5 year Road side assistance. View related image for more details or call 800 4119.

About Chrysler UAE

Facing tough competition from manufacturers such as BMW and Lexus, Chrysler’s line-up in the UAE covers two models and six different versions. Part of the Fiat Chrysler Automobile Group, Chrysler is one that has been in existence and whose fan base has grown considerably for the past 92 years.

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ModelTypeEngineBHP/NMTransmissionPrice
200 LIMITEDSaloon2.4L/4-CYL184/2349A89,999
200C Saloon 3.6L/V6 295/3559A119,999
300CSaloon5.7L/V8340/5285A162,900
300 LIMITEDSaloon3.5L/V6250/3404A139,000
300C SRT8Saloon6.1L/V8425/5695A189,900
300C SRT8Saloon6.1L/V8425/5705A199,900
GRAND VOYAGERMPV3.8L/V6283/3536A111,900