There’s no better time of year than Ramadan to do a spot of car shopping. All of the big brands offer attractive deals during the Holy Month, luring customers with the promise of discounts, free gifts, attractive finance and insurance rates, extended warranties and souped-up service packages.
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If you’re looking to invest in a new set of wheels, there’s no time like the present. Our team at Souqalmal.com, has done a roundup of some of the latest deals on the market this month.
Gargash Enterprises is offering a host of special offers this Ramadan, extending across a number of its Mercedes Benz models. If you buy a new C-Class or E-Class, you’ll get complimentary services for the first two years of ownership. With a Mercedes Benz S-Class or GL Grand edition, you’ll receive one year’s free insurance, a five-year or 105,000 km complimentary integrated service package and a three-year warranty.
Existing Mercedes owners can take advantage of special maintenance offers, with an AC inspection starting from AED249 and brake fluid checks at AED350. As an added bonus, customers servicing their car at Gargash Enterprises over the month of Ramadan will receive complimentary 24-hour roadside assistance for one year.
Al-Futtaim Motors’ Ramadan Rewards package includes the opportunity to purchase a Lexus at 0 per cent financing for three years. They’ll also throw in a ‘special Ramadan gift’ on delivery. The offer is available across the 2013 Lexus range on all vehicles that are invoiced and delivered before August 10 – but does not extend to pre-owned models.
Al Nabooda Automobiles is marking the Holy Month by offering its customers five year’s or 75,000km-worth of servicing free of charge, a five year warranty with unlimited mileage, five year’s free roadside assistance and one year of free insurance. The starting price for a Volkswagen Jetta is currently AED69,900, while the Passat starts at AED83,900, the Tiguan at AED99,900 and the Touareg at AED157,900.
There’s a host of fancy gifts up for grabs when you buy a new car from Kia this month, including a 42-inch LED LG television, an iPad 4 and a Galaxy S4. You’ll also get free insurance and registration, free roadside assistance and a five-year/100,000km warranty. The company is also promising attractive finance rates and your first installment won’t have to be paid for 120 days.
You’ll be entitled to a complimentary “premium care programme” if you choose to invest in a new Cadillac during Ramadan. This will include service and maintenance for four years or 100,000 km, guaranteed resale value, regional roadside assistance for four years and a four-year or 1000,000km warranty, with complimentary transportation if required. Prices start from AED129,000.
If you buy an Audi before August 7, expect to get five year’s free maintenance and services, a five-year warranty, free roadside assistance for five years and one year’s worth of free insurance.
Honda is currently offering cash savings, free insurance, free servicing up to 20,000 km and a gift worth AED1,500 across all its models.
Just make sure to check opening hours before you head down to your chosen showroom as they will all be operating special Ramadan hours. In many cases they’ll be staying open until midnight so you’ll have plenty of time to make your purchase at leisure.
How about deals of car financing?
There are also plenty of attractive car financing offers around this month so if you do decide to invest in a new motor, make sure to ferret out a good deal.
Al Hilal Bank, for example, is offering a starting flat rate of 1.99% on new car finance and 2.49% on used car finance until August 25. HSBC is offering a starting rate of 2.25% before August 31 on new car loans and Emirates NBD is offering a flat rate of 2.35%.
Shop around the various banks and make sure you compare all the options to help you make an informed decision. And finally, don’t forget to read up on what makes a good car insurance policy. There’s no point getting a great Ramadan deal if you are not going to protect your new asset properly.