Remove The Stress Of High Prices For Automobile Maintenance And Repair

Experiencing problems with an automobile is almost like getting the flu – there is never a convenient time. In addition, dealing with car repair shops can bring on headaches, hot tempers and anxiety. If the car owner has an expensive foreign model like a BMW, Maserati, Mini Cooper, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi and Aston Martin, taking it back to the dealership can only add to the anxiety levels because of the dealership costs just for diagnosis and the hourly rate for repair. This is why so many luxury car owners now count on dealer-alternative shops for all their automotive maintenance and repair.

Some drivers of domestic autos automatically believe that if a person owns an expensive foreign model the driver can afford the high price that dealerships charge. However, what they do not stop to realize is that the person driving the luxury model did not come to afford the luxury by wasting money needlessly. The owner of the BMW or Porsche knows that when he needs a car repair shop, dealer-alternative shops can perform all the automotive maintenance and repair that the dealer can but at a lower cost. The work meets or exceeds all expectations.

Even a Mercedes will have hoses that break, air conditioning that will leak, electronics that need fixed or transmissions that require servicing. The smaller car shops that have groups of highly trained and trusted Master Technicians who can not only fix the immediate problem but can also perform diagnostics for prevention of future issues should be the ones working on your car. Today’s cars are designed with the most up-to-date, sophisticated high tech systems. Owners need a highly trusted car repair shop that has the facilities and equipment to handle these challenging operations.

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Luxury car owners know what to expect at the dealers, in addition to the high prices. Generally the waiting areas are clean, free coffee may be available and reading material provided. Dealer-alternatives are is not a typical ‘grease monkey’ automotive maintenance and repair business. Their repeat customers know that they will find the waiting area spotless and all the other amenities they would find at the typical dealer. Some will even provide Wi-Fi in their lobby so that their customers can continue to work while their cars are being serviced.

First time customers at these dealer-alternatives will be amazed at the personal, individualized treatment. This is because this car repair shop wants to be the shop of choice for anyone with a foreign luxury car maintenance issue. Customers in need do not receive a list of imaginary repairs but an honest written estimate of exactly what is required. Nothing more and nothing less. Once a client brings a BMW, Maserati, Mini Cooper, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi, Aston Martin of any model or year to a highly respected dealer-alternative they will become a customer for life.

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Range Rover Velar vs Sport: Which is Which?

If you are buying a Range Rover for the first time, you will surely find it hard to choose a model due to the wide collection of cars to select from. Two of the top contending models currently are the Velar and the Sport.


The Velar’s design is slightly different from that of the Sport, but still embodies Range Rover’s signature design. The main difference between the two SUVs is the Velar’s significantly lower roof. When it comes to dimensions, the Velar is also two inches shorter than Sport, giving the former that chop-top appearance.


The Sport is the sole model featuring a three-row seating. Meanwhile, for the Velar, the cockpit is new and there is a larger central console display. Below the display, there are more touchscreen controls, which are old-style analogs in the Sport.


The Velar is powered by a 3.0L V6 that cranks out 380 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to reach 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. This same engine powers the Sport under HSE trim line, but due to its heavier construction, it reaches 60 mph from zero in 6.9 seconds.

These are just some of the common differences between the Velar and the Sport. When you have finally decided on which one to purchase, visit a reputable Range Rover Dubai dealer!

Do Supercars Need Super Cleaning

We have all done it…bought a car because it looked amazing in the showroom and thought it would look fantastic on our driveway.

We pictured how jealous our neighbors would be when we arrived home to show off our new wheels!

But the harsh reality is that after two weeks of posing the car has lost its entire original shiny look under the grime and dirt of everyday motoring.

Imagine then that you have spent a Kings ransom on a supercar, a car that mere mortals could only dream of and by the time you shown all of your friends, you (or your chauffeur) need to clean it.

So, what car cleaning products do you use to make the paintwork look like new again without causing the ubiquitous swirl marks and fading commonly associated with traditional car washing?
Because Supercars are special cars, special care must be taken to keep them clean. The trick is not to be scared of cleaning your supercar.

Paintwork: The first step is a routine washing to remove dust, road grime, and other contaminants. The second is a more thorough cleaning process to prepare your car’s paint for a protective coating (such as wax).

Supercars should always be washed by hand – never by an automated machine like you’d find at a petrol station. Taking the time to wash your paintwork correctly will pay off with fewer scratches and swirl marks in your paint. When washing, you’ll need a few simple items: a hose with an adjustable spray nozzle, a wash mitt, a bucket, and some soap. Sheepskin wash mitts are a good choice for cleaning your supercar, but don’t settle for synthetic sheepskin. Natural sheepskin lasts longer, holds more water, and is safer to use on your paint. Be sure that your wash mitt has been thoroughly cleaned since the last time you used it. Pine needles, rocks, sand, and other debris that may be tangled in your wash mitt will scratch your paint.

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Where to Go in the UAE If You are an Automotive Lover

Whether you are into the thrill of driving and racing or you simply love everything about automotive, the UAE has a lot in store for you.

The following are the top attractions in the country for an automotive aficionado like you:

  1. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi

Here’s where the real action on the racetrack takes place as you can get the chance to drive a real F1 racecar. The track hosts the annual F1 Grand Prix, with the race happening on November 26 this year. Moreover, the track holds minor automotive events, which include the Super Street Challenge, Yas Racing Series, Ferrari Asia Pacific Challenge and the TRD 86 Cup.

  1. Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi

This grand indoor theme park boasts a number of rides and roller coasters, one of which comprises the globe’s fastest—the Formula Rossa—which speeds up at 240km/h in 4.9 seconds. Here, you can also drive a simulated Ferrari car on a virtual Yas Marina Circuit. What’s more, the park features an interactive gallery, exhibiting different Ferrari luxury sports cars, information about the make and design of the vehicle and more.

  1. Dubai International Motor Show

This year, the Dubai World Trade Center will host the biennial Dubai International Motor Show from November 14-18. The event will include several displays, including some of the world’s most exotic cars from international automakers such as Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo, McLaren, Ferrari, Maserati and more.

  1. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City

This is the place where you can unleash your adrenaline for action-packed racing, including Formula 3 and Formula 4. What’s exciting is that at the arena, you can learn to drive a racecar or sign up for an indoor or outdoor kartdrome activity. Mark your calendar as on September 15, the Autodrome will exhibit the region’s sole motorsport expo, Emirates Motorsport.

  1. Sharjah Classic Cars Museum

This museum, which was established in 2008, displays more than 100 classic and vintage cars produced in the 20th century, with the oldest car dating back to 1917. Aside from cars, it also showcases a series of vintage motorbikes and bicycles.

If you want to explore automotive history throughout the decades, you can visit this museum from Saturday to Thursday from 8am to 8pm, and Friday from 4pm to 8pm. Entry fee is AED10.

  1. Emirates National Auto Museum

With more than 200 cars, this museum exhibits the private collection of Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan’s vintage, off-road and military vehicles. It is also home to the largest truck in the world, a collection of Mercedes cars and vintage parts dating back to the 1920s and military designed motors.

The museum is open every day from 6am to 9pm. Entry tickets cost AED50 and are for free for kids under 10.

Keen on everything related to exotic cars in Dubai? Visit these top attractions with your family and friends this weekend or better yet, buy a car in Dubai today!


TEC Summer EscapeWhat we liked: Cosseting interior, lovely to drive, cabin space, beautiful styling.

What we’d like to see: Door runners for easier access (especially for the ladies), someone actually take it off-road.

Warranty and servicing: Three-year, 100,000km warranty. Servicing is annually or every 26,000km.


Model: Range Rover Sport SDV6 HSE.

Details: Five or seven-seat large luxury four-wheel drive sports utility vehicle.

Engine: 3.0-litre supercharged diesel V6 generating maximum power of 215kW @ 4000rpm and peak torque of 600Nm @ 2000rpm.

Transmission: Eight-speed ZF automatic.

Consumption: 7.5 litres/100km.

CO2: 199g/km.

Performance: 0-100kph in 7.2 seconds.

Towing: 3500kg (braked).


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5 top tips to buy a used or second-hand car in the UAE

Buying a second hand car can be tricky and can lead to long term expenses if not done correctly

UAE is transitional for many of us and investing in a brand new vehicle might not be economical. Buying a second-hand car is a great option for residents and there are many vehicles at all price ranges, ages and conditions available in the market. Choosing and paying for the right one, however, is where many falter.

Here are our top tips to find your dream car, second-hand:


1. Shortlist brands or models

Many of us already know which brand or manufacturer we prefer in vehicles. It is smart to shortlist two or three brands, or even diverse models in the same brand, at the outset of this process. This decision can be based on cost, possible resale value, maintenance and service costs, passenger numbers and other factors.

2. Find a reputed used car dealer or website

While there are dozens of dealers out in the market, credibility and responsible selling is what you should be going for. You could go for ‘brick and mortar’ multi-brand car dealers like Al Futtaim’s AutoMall or The Elite Cars for luxury models – these may also offer attractive service packages post-purchase.

You could also use credible websites such as GetThat, which can help you compare cost and brands, and talk to the owners directly to negotiate on price – which you cannot do with resellers.

3. RTA checks and tests

So you found your favourite car or shortlisted a few – the next step is to ensure the car is in top working condition. Not all of us are great with motor information and fact checks. Ask for an RTA passing guarantee, which is based on a series of checks and tests to be conducted by RTA-approved testing centres.

These tests ensure that the vehicle is road-worthy and free from any legal hassles. The certificate is valid for thirty days only from date of issue, so you can be sure that it’s a recent check.

Find a list of testing centres approved by RTA here.

4. Complete vehicle check

So you’ve gone over the RTA passing guarantee results and decided on a price with the seller – what next? For the cautious buyer, and everyone looking at a second-hand car, we recommend going for a full vehicle check-up at a garage. The check would include mechanical aspects (engine status and leakages if any), electrical aspects (electrical and computer diagnostics along with air-conditioner, lighting and computer or navigations systems) and full body check up.

A body and paint check is very important here in the UAE. Even one accident and its consequent repair can drive down the value of the car by over 15 per cent. A thorough body inspection with the help of the car’s chassis number (vehicle identification number or VIN) can track accident history.

5. Get on the road

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So you’ve paid the seller and got the car freshly registered in your name. Ensure you’ve copies and originals of all the documents with you. Keep any service details, receipts and cards safe, because when it’s time to sell your car, the service history can come in handy to negotiate a fair price for a well-cared for vehicle. Do periodic vehicle checks for safety and efficiency. Get on the road and be safe!


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Living up to Expectations: Range Rover

Range Rover For SaleSOME lofty expectations were set before climbing inside the last incarnation of the Range Rover Sport.

The big plush four-wheel drive was launched late last year, and since then has made the three-car shortlist for world luxury car of the year. It’s up against the Bentley Flying Spur and Mercedes-Benz’s technology trailblazer, the S-Class.

Esteemed company for the Sport that’s built to be equally at home in Burke Street or the bush.

But the athletic Rangie is completely worthy. This new suave SUV is nothing short of sensational.

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It makes you want to talk with a royal English accent.

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When you do, the Rangie is remarkably lithe for its dimensions.

Five adults can find comfort, with leg and knee room generous in the second row.


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