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Hello, How are you. I am a student from Pakistan who is currently studying in Dubai. I will be getting my driving license in 2-3 weeks hopefully and the difficult phase starts from there as I have choose between various cars. My budget is around 100000 AED. I have shortlisted about 2 cars and need your advice before making the final decision. The two cars I have shortlisted are 2016 Infiniti Q60 Coupe 3.0L 300 HP and the other car is Mercedes E400 coupe 2014. Please advice me about the pros and cons of each car and for which car should I make my final decision. Regards

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Jessica Howe, Automotive Expert & Coach at AskPatty.com

Hello, 

It is difficult to tell you which car is best for you, and you will ultimately have to make the choice. You should consider how much the vehicles will cost to insure and maintain. Mercedes may be more expensive to take care of in the long run, but that may not be a direct factor for everyone. Since both vehicles seem to be used, you may also want to look up crash reports for each vehicle to see if they have ever been wrecked. Some wrecks may make the vehicles more likely to need more maintenance in the future. If you have a reliable technician near you, you can have both vehicles inspected to make sure they are in good running order. This is known as a "pre-purchase" inspection, and is always recommended before you purchase a use vehicle. Good luck!


LeeAnn Shattuck, Chief Car Chick at The Car Chick

Congratulations on getting your driver's license (hopefully) in a few weeks!  That's exciting.  It sounds like you are looking at two pre-owned vehicles.  While I am not well versed in the legalities and process for purchasing vehicles internationally (I work in the US only), I can give you some general advice.  Be sure you research the history of both cars.  I'm not sure if there is a version of Carfax in the UAE, but try to obtain a history report on each vehicle to ensure the titles are clean, they have not been in any accidents and if they have proper maintenance records.  Here in the states, I always advise my clients to get a pre-purchase inspection by a certified mechanic prior to buying any used car.  If you want to learn more about the Q60 and the E400 in general, I recommend reading the reviews on sites like Edmunds.com. Again, those are US-based websites, but there may be an equivilant for Europe and the Middle East.  Good luck to you!


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