Buying a new car can be a big decision and quite confusing considering the countless options available in Saudi Arabia.

How to get the best deal on a secondhand car

A worthwhile option to consider is getting a secondhand car especially if you are trying to save some money. Whether you prefer a sporty vehicle or an SUV, Saudi Arabia has a booming secondhand vehicle market and with a little bit of research and patience, you can get a good deal on your secondhand wheels.

You can begin your search by looking into secondhand models available in dealerships in Saudi Arabia. The benefit of getting a car from these dealerships is that the models you would find there would most likely be in good condition. Dealerships wish to maintain their reputation, therefore they usually carry out multiple tests on cars before selling them to their customers. Dealerships will also provide you with warranty and a service history on used cars and assist you throughout the purchasing and registration process. However, if you’re looking to pay as little as possible, keep in mind that you will be paying premium on these services. In that case consider a private seller or an independent dealer.

Besides dealerships, Saudi Arabia has an abundance of car souks and websites selling used vehicles. It is also a common practice amongst expats to buy used cars from other expats.  Therefore, if you are considering buying from a private owner, make sure you take the car to a reliable mechanic who will carry out all the tests necessary to ensure the efficiency and quality of the car. Also, always negotiate on prices and try to find a private owner and mechanic through referrals.

Another helpful tip to consider when purchasing a used vehicle is get one which is less than five years old. If you live in one of the main cities of Saudi Arabia, consider the size of the car as traffic jams and parking spaces can be problematic. Internet sites such as Dubizzle.com, Yallamotor.com and carsemsar.com where you can find over 44,000 ads on secondhand cars for sale.  If you wish to look at options in one of the car souks but don’t speak Arabic, take a friend along who does and can negotiate prices on your behalf.

Whatever route you decide to take to buy your secondhand vehicle, do your research and avoid the temptation of buying fancier cars if they go above the budget you have allocated to this purchase.

Once you have selected a brand, you can narrow your choices down by looking for one with low mileage and a full service history. After reaching a final decision, think carefully on how you plan to finance your car and suitable motor insurance for your new purchase.

As overwhelming as it may be to keep all these factors in mind, the money you might save on your secondhand car will be worth the while.