What does buying a car in Saudi Arabia look like?

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Should you consider buying a car in Saudi Arabia, or is public transport enough? If this question has popped up in your head several times, you are most likely an ex-pat.

Purchasing a car in Saudi Arabia needs the correct information on requirements and the latest advancements in technology. Only then a confident decision can be taken.

The factors to be taken into consideration

There is no denying that buying a car may get a little complicated. This is why we have put together this blog to offer you some assistance. 


This aspect needs minimum consideration since the price of petrol and oil is comparatively low.


The harsh and arid conditions directly impact the car’s body and wear and tear the tires significantly. Their lifespan is reduced and has to be replaced more often than you would typically do. Moreover, it might sometimes be required to drive the car off-road and over dunes. A four-wheel drive will be conducive to such a situation. Proper air-conditioning system and comfortable interiors to counteract the heat is another factor of consideration that goes without saying. 

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Last but not least, the budget should be given the necessary importance as well. There are cars of different price ranges that are available in the country. Once the budget is fixed, it becomes much easier to make an informed choice.

Tips for buying a new car in Saudi Arabia

Do your research 

There is no reasonable alternative to conducting thorough research about the type of car that will suit all your purposes.

Type of accessories you need 

Secondly, decide on the type of accessories that you would want to accommodate on the car. These accessories might add features to the vehicle but can hike up the price as well.

Consider your budget

Choose a car according to your budget. For example, if the budget is low, do not opt for a luxury model.

Consider the period of installments.

When you buy a car with manageable monthly installments, make sure that the payment is made within four years. The total amount to be paid per month should be kept as low as 10 percent of the total income.

A word about dressing for visiting the showroom 

Dress smartly when you go to a car showroom and do not flaunt expensive accessories. In case you are not satisfied with the car and the offers, be ready to walk out.

An important point to be considered here is that most car dealers do not make a considerable profit by selling new cars. The cost of labor and storage barely cuts it. It is the sale of used cars and accessories that runs their business. If you are looking to buy a used car in Saudi Arabia, here are some points of consideration.

Tips for buying a used car in Saudi Arabia

  • Approved cars: Choose between “approved cars” and cars sold by individuals. The former is of better quality but also tends to be priced higher.
  • Take a test drive in broad daylight.
  • Always perform a test drive before starting to make a decision. Inspect the car under broad daylight.
  • Take your time 
  • Do not make a hurried decision.
  • Check insurance : Make sure that the car is adequately insured and all the registration details are correct. Keep track of the maintenance record.

The car buying process is going to become more customized by the year 2030. The marketing approach will also become customer-oriented. The traditional face-to-face interaction with a salesperson will be replaced with a more independent system, which many will appreciate. Thus, the transition of buying cars in Saudi Arabia will soon undergo a monumental change.

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