Maintaining a car in Dubai is relatively easy, but can be costly due to the high price markups dealers put on their parts in Dubai, which could cause stress for people who can’t afford them or those who are un-aware of the cheaper alternative available. There are things you can do to make owning and maintaining your car after the service contract is done cheaper and stress-free.
Things to note:
- Avoid shady garages in Dubai! Hint: shady garages tend to have no lift systems, cheap engine oils, fake parts and are pretty obvious to spot.
- You most likely need to change oil every 7,000 – 10,000 – 15,000 km in your car depending on the car-make and model (Check the sticker on the side of the door inlet when you open it, right next to the driver seat.
- Changing oil can be done at any Enoc petrol station | I highly recommend Grand Service Station is a good place, a bit expensive and have synthetic oil for German cars in addition to the respective tools and filters, unlike Enoc petrol stations.
- Use GENUINE brake pads only, you will be sudden breaking allot in Dubai and a faulty brake can get you in allot of trouble.
- You can get your parts cheaper if you search for part suppliers scattered around Dubai, i found out it’s best to find a good garage that you know isn’t ripping you off after doing your research comparing part prices and stick to that garage only.
- Get good tires, believe me; it isn’t worth a tire blowout in the heat of 52c degrees. You can opt for good cheaper tires like Nitto and Yokohama. Michelin, Pirelli, Continental and Good Year are among the better pricier options. Zdegree offers standard rates on tires with free balancing and fitting, they are a bit pricey though.