Buying a Used Car in Kuwait
Category: Automotive

Recent figures by classified websites show over 400,000 people visit autos section each month

Eid is often the time residents of the Kuwait look to buy a new car. Post-Ramadan, the idea is to cash in on bundled offers given by most auto retailers.

Which means those looking at a new car will sell their current one and this opens up a fair number of choices for those looking to buy a set of second-hand wheels.

This is a good move if you are new to the KUWAIT (with limited savings), if you are on a limited employment contract (two years or so), or, are just money-conscious by budgeting only a certain amount you want to spend on a depreciating asset. 


Here is a six-step checklist by online classified to help you when buying a used car.

1# Set the budget

First of all know your budget. Keep in mind the amount you intend to spend on the car you are looking at. The recommended amount according to experts is between five-eight per cent of the money you have in the bank.

This amount should also include other costs like insurance, maintenance and registration.

2# Have your down payment

Once you have the budget in mind get in place the down payment of the car if you are getting it financed. Full financing on a second-hand car is unheard of so factor in around 20-30 per cent of your budget for this.

If in doubt, check with your bank on financing used cars so you know how much money you can get and how much you need to put down.

3# Find the right car

Look for a car that meets your needs and suits your lifestyle.

If you are just a single person or a couple living in the KUWAIT, there is no point in buying a seven-seater.

On the contrary, if you have a family with three kids it’s much more sensible buying a bigger car which has more room for the little ones and can accommodate their strollers and other things. A SUV is a preferred option than a sports car if you have children. 

Even though fuel in  Kuwait is relatively cheaper than many other countries don’t forget to keep in mind the amount you are willing to spend.

Keep in mind the distance you will have to commute each day and the number of times you will have to go to the petrol station.

If you daily work will take you to, for example from Salmiya to Ahmadi, go for a model that will consume less fuel than one which will be a gas guzzler.

4# Do your research

Do a thorough search of cars you are considering buying. This will give you an idea about the car models current price in the market and will help you avoid paying too much.

Use newspapers, classifieds sections, websites and car garages to get an idea. Be wary of deals that seem too good to be true.

If a car is being sold much lower than market price there is usually something wrong with the car, or it might have had its mileage altered.

If you are buying from an individual then compare the same model with a pre-owned cars dealer in the UAE like Automall. If the price is the same going with the dealer can be a sensible option.

5# Contact the seller

Once you’ve shortlisted the car, prepare your set of questions and contact the seller. Common questions asked during this stage are - how long have you’ve had the car? Why are you selling it? Have you had any accidents?

Have you had anything replaced? When is the last time it went in for a service?

Do you have the service history from the dealer or anything else that is relevant to the car?

Also, make sure that you will be allowed to take the car for an assessment and not just a mere drive.

6# Inspection

 - Documents

Check all the documents related to CAR

Box to tick Check the Vehicle Registartion Document

Box to tick Any bills spent for Maintenance or Repairs


 - Mileage   

Does the mileage, age and appearance of the car look consistent?

Box to tick Any sign like worn screws that the instruments might have been tampered with? (Digital odometers can be tampered with electronically so clues like this won't exist)

Box to tick Check recorded mileage on service records, You can dind the service records with service center of the car Brand

Box to tick Does it look consistent with current mileage/condition and increase steadily year on year?


- Accident Damage


Any signs of inconsistent gaps between panels or mismatched colours that could be a sign of extensive repairs?

Box to tick Is the paint finish even across the car?

Box to tick Any traces of paint spray on handles, window seals or plastic mouldings?

Box to tick Could the car's colour have been changed? (Look under carpets and in other hidden areas in particular.)

Box to tick Any unusual looking welding under the bonnet or in the boot?


- Safety


Are the tyres in good condition and all of the specification and dimensions? Tyres with less than 3mm of tread will have to be replaced soon.

Box to tick Is the spare wheel or tyre inflator/sealant kit in serviceable condition?

Box to tick Are the jack and other tools present?

Box to tick Do all the seatbelts operate correctly? Check there are no cuts or fraying that could affect the way they work.

Box to tick If airbags are fitted, Check that warning lights operate as described in the handbook – normally they will come on with the ignition and then go out?

Box to tick Do all lights and windscreen wipers/washers work correctly?


- Test Drive

Box to tick Do all warning lights operate normally?  Lights will generally come on to test and then go out – unless there's a fault.

Box to tick Are the brakes effective or does it take a long time or a lot of effort to stop?

Box to tick Is braking even or does the car pull to one side?

Box to tick Any unusual noises when you brake?

Box to tick Is the handbrake effective?

Box to tick Any steering vibration or pull to one side?

Box to tick If ABS is fitted, does the warning light go out after the engine is started?


- Engine

Box to tick Any abnormal noises when the engine is started from cold?

Box to tick Does the oil warning light go out as soon as the engine starts?

Box to tick Any signs of excessive visible exhaust emissions?

  • White water vapour from the exhaust is normal while the engine is cold

  • Blue smoke isn't normal – that's oil burning

  • Faint blue smoke from diesels is OK but black smoke is serious

Box to tick Does the clutch operate normally? A noise when you press the pedal or a high biting point could mean that repairs will be required soon.

Box to tick Is the catalytic converter in good condition? Look for a recent emissions test, either alone or as part of an MOT. This will confirm that emissions are within the stringent limits applied to modern cars.

Box to tick Is there sludge on the underside of the oil filler cap? This could indicate poor servicing or predominantly short journey use.

Box to tick Is the oil level right? Too low shows neglect; too high could be a clue that the engine is using oil but it could just have been over filled in error.

Box to tick Has the cam belt been replaced according to the service schedule?

Locks, windows and general controls

Box to tick Do all the locks, including central locking and remote control, work properly?

Box to tick Do all windows, including any sunroof, open/close normally?

Box to tick Any signs of forced entry, damaged or different locks, suggesting they've been replaced?

Box to tick Have you got all the right keys? Check the handbook to see which keys were provided when the car was new. Modern keys are expensive to replace, particularly the coloured 'master' key provided by some manufacturers to programme new spare keys to the car.

Box to tick Are locking wheel nuts fitted? Check that the special adapter required is included with the tool kit. Make sure it fits too.

Box to tick Do all the minor controls operate correctly – heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, radio/CD, navigation etc?


You can also check - How to check a Used Car Befor Buying it


Used Car Show Rooms

1. Apatchi Car Dealers Salmiya

2. California Motors

3. Selectmulla Fahaheel

4. Selectmulla Sharq

5. Ayan Used Cars

6. Automak Automotive Company - Sharq

7. Automak Automotive Company - Shuwaikh 

8. Automak Automotive Company - Ahmadi

9. Automak Automotive Comapny - Alrai


19 Jul, 2015 2 1446
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