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Toyota Yaris. I don't know "new" cost, but the rental place in the advertisement next to me has:

Yaris: 100/day
Camry: 160/day
Accord: 140/day

So, an educated guess would be that the Yaris is about 40% less expensive than a Camry.

As a direct price <-> price ratio, new cars are more expensive in the UAE - BUT, you don't pay taxes, like in the US. Therefore, the overall cost of purchase is less expensive.

Truthfully, buy yourself a used Yaris from a dealership if you want cheap cheap. The Yaris sucks. I mean, really bad (sorry to all of you Yaris drivers out there, but I dare one of you to stick up for this POS). I drove a 2-door version (on rental) when I arrived. They are kind of like the old Geo Metros in the States. I cringe if I see one and would rather take a taxi than ride in one.

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I'm relocating to Dubai soon and am looking at planning ahead on car ownership.

Does anyone know what are the cheapest cars to own?

How much are Camaros and Accord coupes? Are they cheaper or more expensive than the US?

I've done google searches but results are conflicting..

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Also, the National has an (older) article about renting/buying a car here. Full: Your guide to renting or buying a car in the UAE - The National The prices for rentals are a bit cheaper, but the article is still relevant.

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The Yaris is also too small for Dubai traffic. If someone in a big Nissan Armada smashes into you and you're in a Yaris you're not going to walk away. Get a bigger car even if it costs more - for your own safety.

Japanese cars hold their value best and are reliable and cheap to service. Especially Toyota or Nissan.

American and British cars have a reputation for reliability issues amongst some people (incluing me), German cars are expensive to service.
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I move out to Dubai in Sept and by the looks of things, renting a car may be a good choice for the first month or two. I am stuck between two types of car...I either go for something a bit daft like a Porche, or something a bit bigger and...safer...like a big SUV or Landrover/Escalade etc.
I am looking to spend about 60-65K and so for what I am looking for...it will be a second hand one..and a couple of years old at that! any thoughts? Also, I have been looking on autotrader etc and loads of the adverts dont have a price..they simply say 'call to make an offer' Is this normal? not many adverts with actual prices really haha

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The Yaris is also too small for Dubai traffic. If someone in a big Nissan Armada smashes into you and you're in a Yaris you're not going to walk away. Get a bigger car even if it costs more - for your own safety.

Agree 100% - buy the chunkiest car you can afford!

Japanese cars hold their value best and are reliable and cheap to service. Especially Toyota or Nissan.

Very true, and you won't be off the road for weeks waiting for specialist parts to come from the US either!You can sell Japanese cars at the quietest time of the year (now) too

American and British cars have a reputation for reliability issues amongst some people (incluing me), German cars are expensive to service.
If you want a 4x4, ask yourself what you want to use it for?

a) a heavy robust car to take on the road to give you more protection in case of an accident
b) for camping trips along made up desert roads (gatch tracks)
c) wadi bashing
d) sand dune bashing.

Not all 4x4s are made equal, and making the wrong choice can be costly. If you want to go sand dune bashing, can I recommend joining an offroad club such as UAE Offroaders It's a free club, family orientated, where safety is paramount. We have a big group in Abu Dhabi, also Al Ain, and we also drive in Al Khatim, Liwa, Sweihan and other interesting areas.
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If my budget was 60-65K I`d probably look at either a second hand Golf GTi or R32 but if you fancy something a bit bigger what about a Lumina SS. These cars are all good value in Dubai.

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Local car lifts or car pools.. I have been looking on Dubizzle and a lot of the car lifts are for further distances ie to Abu Dhabi would be great to hear if anyone knows of a car lift/ pools from Marina/Tecom/Green area to DIFC/ downtown Dubai ?

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Hi!

We're new to this forum; having made the big decision to make a permanent move to Dubai, we are in the process of working through our relocation.
My husband has a Motocross Bike and he would like to bring it with him. However, the customs guidelines aren't exactly black and white, and with it not being road registered it doesn't come with a log book or insurance details.
Has anyone done anything like or would you know where we could get some info from on how easy / hard it will be to do this?

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Hi everybody,

Can someone help me with this one.How long does it take to convert my U.K drivers licence into a U.A.E Licence and how much does it cost?

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It took about 20 mins when I eventually got to the front of the queue, can`t remember how much but 200dhs rings a bell.
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