One cannot survive in the UAE without their own means of transportation. As per Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai happens to have 540 cars per 1000 people. This is not only the highest in the region but one of the highest in the world. Since Dubai is home to a large number of expats as well as foreigners, the market for used cars in UAE is growing at a fast pace. Suffice it to say, used cars are always in demand.
Also, owning a car is better than paying the renting costs in the long run which is rather expensive. However, once you are done with the payments, you would be driving a car for years after paying for it. Also, you have the option of selling it as well.
If you are looking for reliable used cars in the emirate, here are our top picks!
Toyota Corolla is the most commonly driven car in the UAE. Toyota Corolla happens to be the best basic car to ever be manufactured in the world’s history. These cars are a reliable set of wheels. Toyota was the first automobile manufacturer to produce more than 10 million vehicles per year. The company produced its 100,000th vehicle in 1999.
The main reason behind the popularity of Toyota is that the car is extremely reliable even if you are not too particular about its maintenance. You can rely on the engine. As for the spare parts (old and new), they are not only affordable but easily available. Among the various models, 1999 – 20005 Corolla models are good choices.
Since they are easy to work on, you can find labor at affordable rates as well. The drive is smooth and the gas mileage is good as well. You can easily trust a Corolla to get you to your destination.
If you are in the UAE, you would see that all the cabs here are Camrys. It is one of the most popular Dubai cars you would see on the road. Like its brother, Camry is also reliable and gets you a good drive. If you are looking for second-hand cars, you can easily find a Camry.
Getting a Camry model from 1999 to 2006 is a good choice. You can put all your worries aside regarding mileage. Even if you are getting a pre-owned Camry, all you have to do is check the service records. High mileage is not an issue. If the records indicate that the owner got its oil and other fluids changed timely, you can buy the car.
Yaris, much like the other Toyotas on our list is an easy-to-maintain and dependable set of wheels. It might come off as a delicate car, however, it is reliable. Similar to Corolla and Camry, it retains its value. You can find a good pre-owned 2005 to 2008 model. But it is recommended that if you are available with a 1999-2005 Corolla as well, go for it.
Are you seeking a Toyota level reliability but a nicer drive? Go for a second-hand Honda Accord. One thing that anyone who has driven both Camry and Accord will tell you that as far as the feel of the vehicle is concerned, Accord is a better choice than Camry.
If you have a limited budget, then the Honda Accord is an affordable car that you can buy in Dubai, provided its owner has maintained decently over the years.
You would just have to do the periodic oil and oil filter change along with other fluid changes such as automatic transmission fluid, brake fluid, and coolants on a regular basis. But one of the most important things that you need to know about buying a preowned Honda is that its spare parts do not come cheap. At the same time, there is no denying the fact that the used spare part market tends to be flooded with Honda parts.
When we talk about looks and better drive, the Accord scores higher than a Camry. However, the Civic both looks and drives a lot better than a Corolla. Particularly, Honda Civic’s suspension is better than Corolla.
When it comes to agility and driving dynamics, there are very few cars that can match a Civic’s performance. However, those cars are extremely expensive and do not offer sound reliability as well. If you are seeking a car that is not only reliable and feels great to drive, you should go for Civic. The 2005 to 2008 models are great options.
Do not forget to check the service records before buying the car. This shall help you in knowing if the owner maintained the vehicle or not.
So, if you are looking for used cars in Dubai, these options shall surely assist you in the decision-making process.