In Dubai there has been a surge in sales of luxury used cars since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
An increase in stock after many residents returned to their home countries in the early months of the pandemic is one of the main reasons for the increased interest in used vehicles, a leading expert said.
A lack of new models being produced, the result of a global shortage of microchips, was another factor, said Nick Dorney, showroom manager at Alba Cars in Dubai.
“We have seen an increase in people buying used cars since the pandemic began,” Mr Dorney said.
“People who wouldn’t have bought a luxury car before have much more to choose from now because so many [people] left the country last year, which created a surplus of stock.
“There are also those who would only have bought brand new models who are now looking at used ones to save a little bit of money.”
1. Range Rover Evoque
The Evoque tops the list of the most popular luxury cars in Dubai due, in no small part, to its stylish looks and modern vibe, which is also a popular feature on older models.
“It also has surprisingly low maintenance costs,” Mr Dorney said.
Average price: Dh99,000
2. Porsche Cayenne
The Porsche name alone makes this a popular choice, according to Mr Dorney.
“The highly popular V8 engine makes a recognisable grumble that’s quite simply music to car enthusiasts' ears,” he said.
“With its ultra-stylish cockpit and high practicality, it’s a tough one to beat.”
Average price: Dh119,000
3. Jeep Wrangler
Wranglers do not stay in showrooms for long, Mr Dorney said.
“It’s obvious to see why it’s so popular. You just have to take a look at the desert around us to see why,” he said.
“Nothing else comes close when it comes to off-roading and dune-bashing; it really is a one-horse race.”
Average price: Dh79,000
4. Audi Q5
Mr Dorney said the Audi SUV is a top choice for families because of its reputation for high safety standards.
“The Q5 is quite possibly the best all-round family car there is,” he said.
“Like all German brands, the standard of safety is super high, plenty of space for passengers and luggage. It ticks most boxes there are to tick.”
Average price: Dh74,000
5. Audi A3
“The A3 sells so well because it caters to pretty much everyone, from those looking for a first or second car, as well as families or those looking for luxury,” Mr Dorney said.
“It has a perfect size and its smooth drive makes it hard to find any reason not to buy one.”
Average price: Dh49,000