If you are in a position to buy a new vehicle but on a tight budget, a slightly older used car might be a wise choice. Buying a used car or a certified pre-owned car leads to slower depreciation when compared to brand-new cars. But what’s the difference between a non-certified used car and a certified pre-owned car?
Essentially, they are the same thing. But what makes the latter different is that a company has certified it. Read on to know what it means and why they are different.
What is a certified pre-owned car?
A certified pre-owned car is a used car for sale from a dealership that has received the dealership’s seal of approval. The car only receives certification after a thorough inspection and some maintenance activities have been performed.
How is a used car classified as a certified pre-owned car?
The ‘Certified’ title is given to vehicles that have been certified by an agency or official dealer. For example, if you were to buy a used car from a reputed dealership like Al Futtaim, the vehicle would be listed as certified.
When the vehicle is at the dealership, a team of professionals will carry out numerous tests and checks to ensure the vehicle is roadworthy and safe before being sold.
The number of checks and inspection parameters varies from dealer to dealer, although most of them perform over 100-point checks on vehicles that roll into their showroom.
These checks also verify if the car for sale has been in an accident. In case the vehicle has been in a major accident, the vehicle will not be certified, nor will it be sold via the dealership.
Why should you buy a certified pre-owned car?
Although it isn’t a brand-new car with factory warranty and service contracts, certified pre-owned cars do come with an extendable warranty from the dealer plus the option of adding service contracts and other benefits.
As the vehicle has been in a dealership and is thoroughly checked over, partial or full-service history is available. Not only will this give you peace of mind when buying the car, but it’s also useful information to have when you want to sell the vehicle.
Select dealers will even offer buy-back offers or trade-in options.
Flexible payment options
Official car dealers have close ties to banks across the UAE which enables them to offer payment plans that are a little lighter on your wallet with some offering low-interest rates.
If you’re looking for certified pre-owned cars in UAE, you can find them on Dubicars.