Sunday, June 18, 2006

Buying a Car is Hell

The search for a used car has probably met an end as I simply cannot find a quality used car in this country that I trust or like. I have test driven five vehicles, and I feel the used car dealers in this country are not reputable, or charge outrageous prices. My company allows me to get a huge deal on GM cars, and I think I am going to go with a new Opel Astra. I have yet to test drive one, but I plan to do so soon. The prices for new Astras are quite good, and I recently sat in an almost new VW Golf, a chief competitor to the Astra, and I liked the strength of the engine, as well as the strength of the A/C, as it battled 40 degree temperatures outside. Good enough for me, and a small 4 cylinder will be very cheap to fill up in this area of the world as well.

After sitting in dozens of cars, and test driving several others, I have to say it is quite clear in terms of initial quality that German cars are better made. Japanese cars are second, and American cars are a distant third. The interior quality of the Ford Mondeo and Euro-Focus, are decent, but still noticeably lacking. The Chevrolets are a disappointment, especially in terms of exterior aesthetics. Media photographs simply do not do these cars justice. German cars tend to photograph uglier, but in fact they are incredible inside. A colleague of mine recently bought a VW Golf, 2005 model, with only 20k km on the odometer, and the quality is stunning inside. They really are beautiful cars. I hope that an Astra will at least be comparable.

I will write more on this topic later, and soon. Needless to say, my experiences have been very eye-opening in many ways.

You are quite right not to trust second hand car dealers. We heard some real horror stories when we were looking to buy a used car. Have you been out to the used car market just off the Hatta Road? It is a great place to see a huge selection all in one spot. We ended up buying a used Merc from Gargash there. Paid a bit more for it than privately, but it was a car which they had originally sold as a new vehicle and they had done all the servicing, so we knew it was a genuine vehicle. We owned it for 2 1/2 years and then we sold it back to them. Depreciation worked out at 1,000 Dhs per month, which is the least we've ever lost on a car, so we were more than satisfied. Mercs do seem to have a good resale value in Dubai. However now Mr Trailingspouse has fallen in love with Jaguars . . . sigh!
You won't do any better buying new. Check out my experience here
buying a car is hell was a lot fun to read thanks author for the interesting piece of article, i am sure people will find it much helpful and resourceful, my reason of visiting this site was to find a guy who would buy my car, and like you said i do not trust car dealers nor do i love the CFC programs held from time to time, i just want to find a prospective client who'd be ready to pay cash and nothing except that
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