Things to Consider When Buying an Imported American or Japanese Car

As you will almost immediately realise when perusing the search results for ‘imported American and/or Japanese cars in Dubai’, purchasing an imported secondhand car from the US or Japan can be a very risky affair.

There are a number of reasons why this is the case, so if you have your heart set on an American or Japanese import, or even a European car imported from either of these two countries, please exercise caution – many car buyers in Dubai have lost a significant amount of money, and some have been injured as a result of driving an imported car that should never have been allowed in the country in the first place.

The vehicle has been salvaged…

A common problem around the world with imported secondhand cars, many car buyers here in Dubai have been duped into buying a vehicle that has been salvaged. This could entail a vehicle that was flooded, one that was written off in an accident, or one that should have been recalled but wasn’t, and was subsequently resold.

This is reportedly a more significant problem among secondhand vehicles imported from the United States, though there have been many cases of car buyers here in Dubai purchasing salvaged Japanese cars also.

Therefore, if you have your heart set on an imported car, as many car buyers do, don’t skimp on a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) check before committing to purchase the vehicle. This may not always be possible, but please be aware that if you don’t have a VIN check conducted, you are putting yourself at risk and will have no one to blame but yourself should major problems arise with the imported car you purchased.

It can’t handle the weather conditions

This is a major problem for car buyers in Dubai because of the extreme heat and the dust that has the potential to cause serious engine problems. This is why GCC specs exist, and generally entail, among other differences, a significantly larger radiator that helps to keep the engine from overheating in the excessive desert heat.

Another important difference between GCC and US specs is that of rustproofing, which is essential due to the sand and dust that act as corrosives and have the effect of destroying a vehicle’s paintwork, while another notable difference is the much more powerful air conditioning systems that cars manufactured to GCC specs offer.

It is also important to understand that car manufacturers design and manufacture their vehicles to suit different climates, and that this trend actually affects many cars manufactured in the US, with cars manufactured in the southern states featuring larger radiators, and cars manufactured in the north instead featuring engine block warmers.

As we can help you to sell any car in Dubai, if your car imported from the US was manufactured in the south, don’t forget to point this out as it can help to make your car more appealing to local car buyers – you really can sell your car in 25 minutes with SimplyCarBuyers.com