For years, this question was a 'no brainer'. If you wanted quality engineering, performance, reliability and exceptional build quality, you bought German cars. However, Japan has been steadily building a reputation that easily matches the very finest that Europe has to offer, and now the picture isn't quite so clear.
Japanese used cars now have a solid following among discerning motorists, but which is best? German car brands, or Japanese? Here are some points to consider when looking through the offers on pre-owned cars in all UAE branches.
German cars like BMW and Audi have an impeccable record for their build quality. The craftsmanship that goes into a BMW 7-series is exemplary, putting this brand firmly in the luxury car category. A long automotive history and a powerful racing heritage give German cars the edge when it comes to build quality.
However, in recent years Japanese cars have quickly moved away from a rather underwhelming reputation for quality in the 1960s and '70s and are now easily a match for styling and quality. Toyota, in particular, has worked hard to bring its reputation for quality to the fore, and it’s rumoured that Toyota won’t release a new model until they are completely satisfied that every part of it is perfect. When it comes to build quality, both nationalities share the honours.
This is one area where Japanese cars struggle to keep up with their German counterparts. German-made cars put a great deal of emphasis on performance, while Japanese cars are more focused on providing value for money and family-friendly features. However, in recent years the German brands have come under fire from the mighty Lexus. Taking their cue from German brands such as Mercedes, Audi and BMW, Lexus has produced profoundly luxurious cars that also pack a real punch when it comes to torque and horsepower. While they may not be quite able to reach the dizzy heights of a Porsche Carrara GT or a BMW M3, Lexus and other luxury Japanese cars are certainly nipping at the German’s heels.
Japan definitely takes this one, Japanese used cars are much more cost-effective for maintenance and repairs. Parts are cheaper, easier to fit, and readily available. German cars can be more expensive to maintain, rely heavily on onboard computer mapping, and tend to have a few (quite expensive) quirks.
Years ago, Germany would have won this category too. But today, Japanese cars are just as exciting, exhilarating and fun to drive as their German cousins. In fact, for sheer exuberance, you can't beat the sporty fun of a Mazda 6 S. It may not be as powerful as a German sports car, but the road handling, ‘flickability’ and overall grin factor makes this pocket-rocket of a coupe an absolute joy to drive.
All cars depreciate , It's simply a matter of by how much and how quickly. German cars tend to hold their resale value well, but it will always depend on various factors such as mileage, age, condition (inside and out), and desirability. A BMW 5-series will be more desirable than a Toyota Corolla and will consequently hold its value better. But if you're looking after a more affordable hatchback or family SUV, it may be better and more budget-friendly to look at the Japanese market.
It's a close call, but at Al-Futtaim Automall, we think that the Japanese have just pipped the Germans on value for money. Reliable, affordable, and with build quality, performance and driver experience categories almost as good as the Europeans, Japanese cars represent real value for money.
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