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Ramadan is traditionally one of the best times of year for UAE residents to grab a bargain if they are planning to buy a new car.

This holy month, dealerships are offering potential buyers a range of incentives, such as extended warranties, free service packages, discounts on select models and even free home charging stations for electric vehicles.

However, when buying a new car, it’s important to remember that it’s easier to negotiate add-ons rather than trying to lower the price, says Tarek Kabrit, Managing Director and Founder of Seez, a mobile application that consolidates vehicle listings across the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Pakistan and South Africa.

“There are a lot of deals this Ramadan, but as it is a more supply constrained market, they may not be as good or as good as years when the market was more demand constrained” , Mr. Kabrit said.

Demand for private car ownership has increased during the Covid-19 pandemic as people seek greater protection against the virus, US management consultancy Arthur D Little said in its The future of automotive mobility survey in February last year.

“In the short term, Covid-19 has influenced people’s thinking about car ownership…nearly half [48 per cent] of all respondents globally think owning a car is more important than before the pandemic,” Arthur D Little said in the report.

The pandemic has also changed the way consumers shop for cars in the UAE, with many now open to buying vehicles online, according to a survey by e-commerce platform Cars24 last month. and market research firm YouGov.

According to the survey, around 28% of respondents are in favor of buying a used car online, while 43% said they would prefer to buy it from a showroom.

However, when broken down, the data showed that 30% of Emiratis, 34% of Arab expats, 27% of Asians and 22% of Westerners would prefer to buy a car online, he said.

“We are confident that in the very near future there will be a significant shift from offline car buying support to the online realm,” said Abhinav Gupta, Gulf Region Managing Director for Cars24.

Meanwhile, used cars offer better value compared to new vehicles, which begin to depreciate soon after purchase, Kabrit said.

“But make sure you buy from a reputable dealer or do a thorough inspection, so you ensure the best quality or at least know what you’re getting into,” he says.

Here’s our roundup of Ramadan car deals on offer in 2022:

Audi

The agreement: Audi Middle East offers a range of benefits to customers in the GCC region and Jordan.

In the UAE, customers who buy one of Audi’s electric vehicles will be offered free home charging facilities, as well as five-year roadside assistance, a five-year unlimited mileage warranty and insurance. free for the first year.

Audi buyers in Saudi Arabia are offered a free five-year service package with roadside assistance, as well as a five-year warranty on the seven-seat Q7. Starting at 331,300 Saudi Riyals ($88,346), Q7 buyers will also have the option to pay 50% upfront and the remaining 50% in two years with zero percent financing.

In Oman, customers will receive a seven-year service package and roadside assistance, while in Jordan Audi is offering consumers up to 10 years of free maintenance and a five-year warranty on select models.

Valid: until the end of Ramadan

Infiniti

The agreement: Al Masaood Automobiles offers customers in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra a number of benefits if they purchase an Infiniti model, including a 15-day exchange warranty and up to five years of guarantee.

Buyers will also receive a service package, free insurance and tinted windows. Customers who choose to trade in their vehicle when purchasing a new Infiniti model will also be offered a five-year service package.

Valid: until April 30

Cadillac

Al Ghandi Auto, Cadillac’s dealer partner in the United Arab Emirates, has rolled out its Ramadan offers on a range of 2021 and 2022 models, including the Escalade, XT4 and XT5 compact SUVs and the CT4 and CT5 sedans.

Benefits include discounted finance packages, as well as enrollment in Cadillac’s Premium Care Plus program, which provides customers with a five-year warranty, service and maintenance, and roadside assistance.

Customers will also receive free insurance and registration for the first year, plus free stain and paint protection if they purchase a CT or XT model. Escalade customers can also claim a free registration and a free tint.

Valid: until the end of Ramadan

Nissan

The deal: Al Masaood Automobiles offers a number of benefits for select Nissan models to customers in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra.

All Nissan car purchases will come with a warranty of up to five years and will include a service package and a 15-day exchange warranty.

Meanwhile, car buyers in the market for a used Nissan will be offered discounted finance packages starting at Dh699 per month for a Nissan Sunny, Dh999 for a Kicks, Dh1,559 for an X -Trail and 2,249 Dh for a Patrol.

Used car buyers will also be offered a one-year warranty, free registration and a 15-day exchange guarantee.

Current Nissan owners looking to upgrade their models through trade-in will also be offered a free five-year service package when they purchase a new vehicle.

Valid: until the end of Ramadan

Chevy

The agreement: Al Ghandi Auto, the distributor of Chevrolet vehicles in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, has rolled out a range of offers on its Tahoe, Silverado and Traverse models, including free registration and insurance, tinted windows and a four-year roadside assistance program.

Discounted finance packages are also available, with monthly installments for a Tahoe starting at Dh3,442, a Silverado at Dh2,026 and a Traverse at Dh2,315.

Valid: until the end of Ramadan

Renault

The agreement: Al Masaood Automobiles is offering some Ramadan benefits to customers who purchase a Renault Koleos, a compact crossover SUV.

Buyers will benefit from up to five years of warranty, free insurance and a 15-day exchange guarantee, while Renault owners wishing to upgrade via exchange will benefit from a five-year free service package for their new vehicle.

Valid: until the end of Ramadan

GMC

The agreement: Al Ghandi Auto is offering a discounted finance package, free registration, tinting and insurance, and five years of roadside assistance for GMC Yukon buyers, which starts at monthly installments of Dh3,833.

Meanwhile, GMC Sierra buyers will be offered a discounted finance package starting at Dh2,560 per month. The top-of-the-line Denali version of the model also comes with a five-year or 100,000-kilometre warranty.

Valid: until the end of Ramadan

MG

The agreement: British car brand MG, through its distributor Inter Emirates Motors, is offering a range of Ramadan benefits to buyers of its SUVs, family sedans and sports hatchbacks.

MG customers will receive a free registration for one year, two years (or 30,000 km) of service, five years of roadside assistance, gift vouchers up to 3,000 Dh and tinted windows. Additionally, MG will offer a six-year (or 200,000 km) manufacturer’s warranty across the Emirates.

Valid: until April 30

Updated: April 15, 2022, 5:00 a.m.

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