One of the financially savvy ways to maintain a high quality of life without spending too much money is tapping into the pre-owned market. More and more people these days do not mind using pre-owned items, as long as they’re of good quality. And the lovely thing about the second-hand scene now is that you are likely to find more top calibre products instead of discards as opposed to decades ago.
Therefore, if you are looking to buy a stylish vehicle, do consider checking out pre-owned options. The selection is endless, and you have a great chance of finding a barely used luxury car that is right within your budget. But, like with any other expensive purchase, it’s imperative to approach your decision with great care. So, to help you with this, provided below is a guide to buying pre-owned luxury cars.
1. Choose a car that meets your preference and needs.
Take the time to sit down and analyze your lifestyle. Your lifestyle is a major consideration in ensuring that the car you choose in the end will serve you well.
For example, you may be keen on a sleek two-door sports car, but you have a very active lifestyle that takes you to the mountains and other places with challenging terrain. Plus, you bring a lot of outdoor equipment with you most of the time. Needless to say, such a vehicle may not be the perfect fit.
Other essential factors to consider when it comes to the kind of luxury car to choose are the kind of transmission (manual or automatic), fuel economy and environmental impact, and your physical comfort.
2. Check the age and mileage of the car.
These two variables are vital considerations during pre purchase inspections, as well. The important thing to take note here is just because a car is only a year old doesn’t mean that it hasn’t gone through and withstood a lot of beating since leaving the dealership.
For instance, luxury cars are used as police and restaurant delivery vehicles. Some of them end up in second-hand car dealerships, too, and look nice and somewhat new. But you have to consider that frequent use may have worn down the parts a lot. Perhaps, much more than in an older car.
When it comes to the age of the vehicle, you have to focus on the features and functionality. Typically, older models have fewer of those. Plus, they tend to have higher carbon emissions, which may be an issue if you want to be eco-responsible.
3. Find a reputable and trusted dealership.
Individual sellers may be plentiful and offer better prices, but if you want a worry-free purchase transaction, do buy your pre-owned luxury car from a reputable dealership. These establishments have a set thorough inspection system to guarantee that customers get a vehicle that they will be satisfied with.
Along with that, many of them offer a warranty and various payment options. Flexible payment schemes are beneficial if you are looking for ways to manage your financial outflow better. If you need a loan for the car, the best dealerships can help you with that as well.
4. See if there’s an accessible service specialist in your area.
One critical factor about maintaining luxury cars is making sure that only service specialists take care of them.
For example, if you’re considering getting an Audi for yourself, it’s best if you live where there’s a certified Audi service center. Dubai auto experts say that with a specialist service center, you can rest assured that there’s no trial and error in any of the treatments for your car in the future.
At a specialist service center, only the right products and techniques will be used for maintenance and repair. You won’t have to worry that the functionality and value of your luxury car will diminish.
5. Take it for a ride.
Test-drive the car thoroughly, and if possible, bring a service specialist with you. This is a must, especially for women who may find certain luxury vehicles a little difficult to control. Since a car is something that you will often use (unless it really is just for show), the best choice is one that you can physically manage with ease.
And, when you take the car for a ride, make sure to test it on different road conditions. It’s in challenging terrain where the true worth of a vehicle manifests. Keep your eyes and ears out for weird noises, especially any unusual movements. After the test drive, discuss your observations with the car specialist.
6. Conduct a background check on the car model you’re considering.
If you have a particular luxury car model in mind, go online to see its original complete set of features, functionalities, and design details. If possible, print a copy. This is one of the most reliable ways to know if the luxury car had been modified to look a certain way.
Typically, modifications on luxury cars diminish brand and market value. Thus, if the advert for a car implies that it’s all original, then it should be free from any type of modification.
7. Compare deals.
So, you have found the car that you want, and different dealerships offer the same model. What you need to do now is to look for deals. It’s only dealerships that provide their customers with deals for a purchase. Take the time to compare these extra value offers to determine which is most beneficial for you.
If you wish to be a truly savvy car buyer, you mustn’t overlook such provisions. These can be anything from free accessories (dashcam or steering wheel covers, and others) to extended warranty, a selection of free services, and a year’s worth of car insurance.
Buying a pre-owned luxury car is a gratifying treat for yourself, especially if you have saved a long time for this purchase decision. So, hopefully, the guide provided here will help you ensure the best value for your money and total satisfaction from this purchase.
Ahmad Ramadan is a Managing Partner at Deutsche Technik Service Center, Dubai’s first and largest VW, Audi, Mercedes, Bentley, Porsche, & Lamborghini vehicle specialist and performance tuner. DT has also built an illustrious portfolio in classic car repair, maintenance, and restoration, as well as body work (accident repair, painting, and denting). DT Service Centre offers a full range of services: mechanical repairs, maintenance, servicing, etc.