25 August 2020
Buying a car is a big financial investment, and it’s a decision none of us take lightly. There’s a lot to think about when making that final choice, and things get even more complicated when you’re talking about pre-owned cars. The benefit of buying brand new is that you know the car is fresh out of the dealership showroom.
But buying a pre-owned car is a whole different matter. One way to avoid the uncertainty of buying ‘second-hand’ is to opt for certified used cars. But what are they, and why do they represent a better deal than picking up something cheaper in the classifieds?
What are certified used cars?
Certified pre-owned cars or CPOs are pre-owned vehicles sold through dealerships rather than through private sales. CPO doesn’t, however, stand for “Car Perfection Opportunity”, so don’t be misled by anyone that claims it does! What it does mean, though, is that you’re buying a pre-owned vehicle that has undergone rigorous checks by the dealership to ensure it meets certain standards and is a very high quality used vehicle.
If you buy a CPO from certified used car dealerships such as Al-Futtaim Automall, you don’t just get a great deal on a pre-owned car, but you get peace of mind too. Not only can you benefit from special offers and deals, including things like Automall’s 7-day Money Back Guarantee, but you can even buy your car online without ever having to set foot on a dealership forecourt!
Checklists – a through check-up on your pre-owned car
Certified used cars in the UAE from Automall undergo a list of rigorous checks before they’re offered as CPOs. They will be thoroughly examined by technical experts and mechanics to ensure that they’re in tip-top condition and that mechanically, they’re fully operational. Expect a little ‘wear and tear’ on any pre-owned car, but with certified used cars you should be hardly able to tell the difference between a CPO car and a new one, with the only giveaway being the mileage.
They will have a car warranty but rather than the usual three or 5-year manufacturer’s warranty it will probably be limited to a 12-month guarantee instead with a possibility of availing extended warranty for another two or three years.
Buying online – from the comfort of your own home
One of the best ways to buy a car in the UAE is to do it all online with Automall. From picking your perfect model to arranging a test drive from your home, to organising finance and paying for your next pre-owned car, everything can be done without setting foot on the forecourt of your local dealership. All cars are not only checked and approved by professional mechanics, but fully sanitized before every test-drive for your safety.
You can choose from hundreds of different models, with over 1,200 cars in stock. And when you’re ready for that test drive you can arrange for the vehicle to be brought to your home so you don’t even have to go to the dealership to pick it up! Add in a 7-Day Money Back Guarantee if you’re not entirely happy, and you’ll see why so many people prefer this method of buying a used car.
A great investment
Certified used cars are not brand new, but they do represent a great investment. Because they’re pre-owned, they’re cheaper than buying new, but by the time you turn the key they’ll have been valeted and checked, examined, and polished. It’s a great way to buy a top quality car at a great price, with the peace of mind that even though it’s pre-owned, it one of the best car offers in the UAE.