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1. Don’t accept a cheque as payment

Countless trusting souls have accepted fraudulent cheques here in the UAE. The first rule of selling your car is don’t accept a cheque. If it bounces higher than kangaroo on a trampoline, rest assured, you probably won’t see the culprit again. The very best way to maximise the resale value of your car is to make sure you don’t give it away for nothing. Only accept cash or bank transfers!

2. Keep your receipts for parts and keep your car’s service logbook updated

Easier said than done, with the UAE’s ever changing influx and departure of expats, unless you buy your car new, it’s likely some of the records will be mislaid. Nevertheless, if you keep hold of your receipts and service stamps, it will reassure any potential customers that you’ve been and conscientious owner. If you’re lucky enough to buy your car new and keep a full service history, then this can add thousands of dirhams to the value of your vehicle.

3. Deal promptly with enquiries from potential buyers

In our world of instant communication, if you’re slower to respond to phone calls, texts and emails than a koala in a call centre, then don’t expect to cash in on your car anytime soon. A prompt, courteous response will both encourage your buyer and reassure them that they’re dealing with a reliable person.

4. Highlight optional extras

Everybody likes to feel like they’ve snagged a bargain. Mention pricy optional extras, such as a snazzy sound system or sumptuous, quilted leather, and most consumers will listen appreciatively. A car loaded with every option on the list is clearly more attractive (and valuable) than the base model, with a spartan interior.

5. Clean the interior and exterior

In the same way that you probably won’t sell your apartment if people come for viewings when you haven’t changed the trash for weeks and your underwear’s on the floor, the same applies to your car. Hoover up the crisps, throw out the empty water bottles and remove any gym paraphernalia and ‘going out’ shoes. You want your buyer to feel as comfortable as possible on that all important test drive. The same applies to the exterior.

6. Make sure the tyres and bodywork are in good condition
Bald and dangerous tyres will not send the right message about you being a good car owner. It’s best if your tyres are made by known brands and have at least 5mm of tread before advertising your car. The same applies to the paintwork. Dents and scratches can potentially knock thousands off the value of your wheels.

7. Take a good photo in a scenic location

Perhaps a little obvious, but a poorly lit, miserable looking snap isn’t going to create the best advert for your car. Instead of the quintessential, murkey underground carpark snap, head somewhere bright sunny and even attractive – it’ll place your wheels in a far more attractive context.

8. Try not to sell your car during the summer months (just before the school term starts)

In the same way that you probably wouldn’t sell many raincoats during summer in the Dubai, it’s also not the best time to sell your car. Each year there’s an expat exodus, as families return to their own countries to escape the heat and catch up with their old lives. Wait until the start of the school term when the population returns and you’ll have a far larger customer base to tempt with your fancy ride.

8 essential rules when buying a used car in the UAE

These important points to check before investing in a second-hand set of wheels should minimise the chances of you making the wrong choice

1. Ask the owner why they’re selling the car?
This may seem a little obvious but you can learn a lot about a car from the behaviour of its owner. If they start stuttering and squirming like guilty child or evading questions like a political pro, they probably aren’t telling you the truth. The car probably has a problem and the owner’s trying to dupe you into parting with your hard-earned cash for a clanger.

2. Check the tyres
Here in the UAE, the weather can be a bit, errr, warm. The scorching temperatures can have a detrimental effect on the health of tyres. Low treads increase the risk of a dangerous blowout so ensure that there is at least 5mm of tread. Although the legal requirement is 2mm of tread, a well-maintained car should have decent rubber. This rule also applies to the brand of the tyre. In an ideal world, you’ll have four by the same manufacturer and if the tyres are by a brand you recognise, such as Bridgestone or Pirelli, it’s usually a sign that the owner hasn’t taken shortcuts on costs. If they’re unwilling to fork out on tyres, what other financial shortcuts have they taken in the upkeep of the vehicle?

3. Check for oil leaks
Ask the owner to run the car for ten minutes and then check underneath. If there’s an ominous looking puddle of oil underneath, then alarm bells should start ringing, (you should also scan the driveway for suspicious looking stains). Puddles of water are less alarming as these are usually simply run-over from the air conditioning.

4. Peer at the engine (like an expert)
You don’t have to know the intricate mechanics of modern cars to benefit from having a quick poke around the engine bay. If you lift the bonnet and you discover a motor that’s clean enough to eat your dinner off, that’s not good. In fact, there should be a reasonable amount of muck, to indicate that the owner hasn’t had the engine cleaned to mask any mechanical misdemeanours.

5. Check the paintwork
Desert life isn’t always kind to paintwork, particularly on darker coloured cars. A quick inspection of the interior doorframe will give you an idea of the cars original paintjob and, depending on the age of your car, give you a clue as to whether the car’s been resprayed. It could even reveal if the car’s been in an accident. Dents and scrapes are also something to be vigilant for and if you’re not too fussed on aesthetics, the odd scratch or blemish can also be quite useful when you’re negotiating a discount.

5. Consider the mileage
Most drivers cover between 20,000 and 30,000 kilometres a year. If you’re considering a car that’s older than Cher with a youthful, Miley Cyrus mileage, something’s probably amiss. Equally, if the mileage reads as if the vehicle’s been on an intergalactic voyage, you should be prepared for potentially costly repairs and perhaps scout out an alternative.

6. Check the documentation
With the transient nature of the population in the UAE, expecting a full service history might be asking too much. If the owner can show you a service book with regular stamps and receipts for maintenance though, this makes your potential purchase far safer than buying on blind faith.

7. Avoid modified cars like the plague
In a nation of petrol heads, it’s not uncommon for enthusiasts to lower suspension, increase horsepower and add howling exhaust systems to cars. What this also means is that the car’s probably been driven ‘enthusiastically’ by said enthusiast. Also, car manufacturers rigorously test their products before releasing them so aftermarket additions often place extra strain on the parts and don’t always benefit the longevity of a vehicle.

8. Check the electrics
It would be sad indeed if on your first commute or school run you realise that the radio doesn’t work and the CD player’s on the blink. Check all of the switchgear, including electric mirrors, the sunroof and windows, to avoid any unwelcome repair bills or silent journeys.

The obvious 3

1. Take a test drive
Never part with your cash before you’ve taken the car on a decent drive to check the gearbox, breaks and general health of the vehicle.

2. Don’t buy the first car you see
If you’re after a particular type of car, it isn’t necessarily the best idea to snap up the first version you see. View a few cars to get a clear idea of what else is on the market in your price range before parting with your cash.

3. Think with your head, not with your heart
Easier said than done, it might be pink or it might have the premium sound system you’ve always dreamed of but will it still start in six months? Don’t let your emotions run away with you when selecting your next set of wheels.

6 luxury saloons for under 60k

Enjoy the style and comfort of second-hand luxury saloons for a fraction of what they cost new

1. Lexus LS 460

When the original version of Lexus’ answer to the BMW 7 Series and the Mercedes S Class hit the market in 1989, the Germans were rattled. Toyota’s luxury saloon set new standards in sound insulation and aerodynamics and it was significantly cheaper than its European rivals. Subsequently, the Japanese brand quickly established a loyal following. An average mileage, fully loaded, 2007 version of Lexus’ flagship model, complete with a powerful V8 engine, can be found for less than AED 60,000.

2. Mercedes S500

The go-to car of choice for African dictators and diplomats, the S-Class has consistently considered among the very best cars in the world. In fact, Mercedes’ luxury limousine has been setting benchmarks for over 50 years. A showcase of future technologies, the big Benz is often seen as an indication of the advancements that will trickle down to more affordable cars in subsequent years. That was no different with the fifth generation S-Class, which comes equipped with clever features such as brake assist, radar guided cruise control and optional infared night vision system. A 2007, low mileage example, can be yours for less than AED 60,000 and your neighbours are likely to be impressed with the badge too.

3. BMW 740

When it comes to German rivalries, few can match Stuttgart’s Mercedes Vs Munich’s BMW. Munich’s counterpunch to Merc’s flagship saloon arrives with a smooth-as-silk eight-speed automatic transmission and performance figures to back up the BMW’s (not particularly humble) claim to produce, ‘The Ultimate Driving Machine.’ The 7 Series is also loaded with technology, including keyless entry and start, leather seats, a satellite radio and BMW’s iDrive rotary system, for controlling the cars settings and infotainment systems. Pick up a 2010 model and you get to enjoy all of that technology with change from AED 60,000.

Click /www.wheels.ae/reviews/group-tests/article/279/cadillac-ct6-vs-bmw-7-series-vs-mercedesbenz-sclass to see the latest 7 Series go up against the S-Class and the Cadillac CT6.

4. Lexus ES 350

There’s a good reason the midsize Lexus is the car of choice for the majority of Uber and Careem drivers here in the UAE. It’s bulletproof Japanese build quality, sumptuous leather interior and buttery-smooth ride quality make it the ideal environment for transporting you and your passengers in sedate luxury. Although not as spacious as the larger Lexus LS model, it’s still generously proportioned. A popular sight on the UAE roads, AED 60,000 will get you an average mileage 2012 model, making it better value (although more common) than its larger German rivals.

5. Jaguar XF

The feline British brand’s mid-range offering is lauded in the motoring press as being one of the most comfortable in its class. It’s also not bad to drive, with fast, direct steering and, fittingly (like a cat) it’s agile. While the interior’s modern and stylish, the Jag isn’t as well equipped as some of its larger German rivals. Nevertheless, it has most the kit you’ll need, such as Bluetooth, satellite navigation and voice activated controls. For less than AED 60,000, it looks the more striking than its German equivalents too.

Click /gulfnews.com/jaguar-xf-3-0-sports-edition-driven-1.1260914 for an extensive review of XF.

6. Audi A8

The German’s flagship saloon has remained more-or-less the same since its release in 2010. It may not have some of the advanced tech of its national rivals but it’s still and an extremely comfortable and quiet cruiser. It’s also blisteringly quick, if you opt for one of the larger V8 engine, and handles with a light, sporty agility that defies its barge-like dimensions. Perhaps the biggest appeal to the vast Audi though is its understatedness. Styled to look almost identical to other Audi models, most people won’t even notice as you waft by in cossetted luxury. A high mileage 2010 version of the unassuming limo can grace your driveway for less than AED 60,000.

6 simple things to change on your CV

These easy tips will help make you stand out from your rival candidates and ‘goget’ that dream role

The “WOW” factor
If you’re a Pulitzer Prize winning writer, you increased web traffic by 300,000 percent or you were the most successful sales person in the northern hemisphere last year, make that one of the first things you mention on your CV.  Awards and achievements give your CV that special “WOW” factor, setting you apart in a competitive market.

Emphasise the right credentials
If you’re applying for a job as an accountant, the summer spent working as a chef isn’t particularly relevant to your next employer. Your ability to bash out the perfect béarnaise sauce doesn’t make you a reliable number cruncher. Make sure the skills and qualifications that apply to the job, such as your accountancy degree are emphasised. Prioritise that summer you spent interning on Wall Street over your ability to flambé a banana and you’re in with a chance of securing that all-important role.

Use current terminology
Yes, working in HR used to be referred to as “personnel,” but that was probably in the early ‘90s. Ensure you use the correct language to prove that your experience is up-to-date. This also applies to computer software, so try not to mention Windows 95 or typewriters if you can. A good way of ensuring you’re on corporate message is to check the company’s website or social media discussions.

Think like your employer
As disappointing as it might be to you, your future employee (whose probably never met you) doesn’t necessarily care about your dreams and aspirations. You may indeed one-day hope to work for the FBI but if you’re applying to be a traffic cop, stick to the basics and explain what you can bring to the organisation with your previous skills and experience.

Explain your achievements
Your employer may not have a deep insight into your accomplishments so it doesn’t hurt to explain them. If, under your watch in the kitchen, chicken burger production went up 333%, that’s “more than tripling productivity.” Figures are great but it doesn’t always hurt to explain.

Make it easy to read
You may indeed have created a CV with Shakespearean levels of literary prowess but it doesn’t mean your future boss is going to study it like a scholar. Break your experience and achievements up as simply as you can, with subheads or bullet points and use concise language. Essentially, make sure your CV is easy to glance at and generates interest.

Palm Jumeirah – Area Guide

Carmaker Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.” Ford’s self-confidence could easily be applied to the developers of the Palm Jumeirah. Disparaged by the global media as a symbol of Dubai’s excess following the 2008 financial crash, there was a deluge of detractors. Yet, Dubai authorities believed they were right. The Palm subsequently prospered and it is now where you’ll find some of the most prestigious and valuable property in Dubai.
Visible from space, the Palm is also the world’s largest manmade island – an engineering marvel. More than 94 million cubic metres of sand were used in its construction and the development added over 40 miles of coastline to Dubai. It is also home to numerous five-star hotels, with stunning restaurants and lively nightspots. Perhaps the ultimate Palm experience is to own a villa complete with a pool and its own private beach. Life doesn’t get much better than that, if you can afford it.

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If your idea of the perfect afternoon involves rummaging for bargains in independent shops, haggling over prices and then topping off the afternoon with a lip-smacking curry, then you need Karama in your life. Roughly translating as ‘dignity,’ Karama is actually one of the older areas of the city. Glittering, gravity-defying glass monoliths make way for low-rise architecture. Wide boulevards make way for bustling pavements and Berluti, Burberry and Bvlgari boutiques are replaced with affordable arcades and stores, with seemingly endless amounts of scattered stock. Popular with bachelors and families alike, property standards and prices vary wildly but a well-maintained, high-quality property can still be rented for a far cheaper cost than newer parts of Dubai, such as the Marina.


In 2015, the biggest selling album in the world was Adele’s 25. While she’s unquestionably talented, the singer isn’t particularly edgy. Adele is firmly mainstream. In 2015, the bestselling car in the world was the humble and equally mainstream Toyota Corolla. In fact, the Toyota is the bestselling car of all time, with more than 40 million sold since its release in 1966. As with Adele, the Corolla isn’t a leftfield choice. It has a broad appeal due to its reputation for fuss-free motoring. In the same way that Adele appeals as much to 40 year-olds as she does to teenagers, the Japanese car has a broad legion of loyal fans. Just don’t expect anything edgy or too exciting.

Nissan Patrol – Review

Perhaps with the exception of the Land Rover Defender and the Toyota Land Cruiser, the Nissan Patrol has one of the strongest off-road legacies of any 4×4 on the market. That legacy stretches back to 1951, when the Patrol’s main role was to conquer harsh terrain, without breaking down. Now in its sixth edition, the gargantuan Nissan has matured into a refined and high-tech 4×4, yet it would be foolish to underestimate its rugged robustness and off-road abilities.

Hyundai Tucson – Review

An SUV from the Korean car brand Hyundai was once described by Jeremy Clarkson as having the build quality of a, ‘Third World Bucket.’ However, he eventually gave the car in question a four out of five score in his review. The same argument could be applied to the Hyundai Tucson – the carmakers’ compact crossover. The reason Clarkson gave his review car four out of five was that, in the real world, Hyundais do lots of things real people require, really well. In the real world, the Tucson also does many things very well.


When establishing the reason for the popularity of the Honda Accord, charisma isn’t the first word that comes to mind. It’s not ugly, but neither is it exceptionally handsome. What it is though is practical, comfortable and economical. It’s even pretty good to drive. The overwhelming reason the Accord is such a hit though is simply because it works. Press a button and five years later, that same piece of switchgear is 99.9 percent likely to work. In size, the Accord is comparable to the more prestigious BMW 3 series and Audi’s A4. Yet, if badge kudos and your status at the golf club carpark isn’t relevant, it’s a more than sensible choice (and significantly cheaper). Essentially if the Honda were a Hollywood star it would be Colin Firth – dependable, decent but slightly dull. If you’re looking for more of a Colin Farrell, perhaps look elsewhere.