Buying a car is an important decision in your life. It requires much thought and careful planning especially if you’re considering the idea of buying a used car in Nigeria.
Second-hand cars or ‘Tokunbo’ cars, as they are sometimes called, are usually cheap, readily available, and predominantly come in good condition. This is one of the reasons they are widely accepted by car buyers in Nigeria.
Before you buy a used car in Nigeria, there are certain things that you should look out for to avoid wasting your money or ending up with a car you would probably regret buying. Here is a checklist to guide you when buying a used car in Nigeria:
Confirm the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of the car.
No two cars in the world have the same VIN. VIN are unique 17-character codes that all cars possess. Checking the VIN can reveal things about the car to you. It can be used to check warranty claims, registration, and some other important things. The internet has made it easy to confirm the VIN of a car these days.
Ensure that all necessary documents are in order
I can’t stress this enough. Do not run the risk of buying stolen cars. Make sure the tokunbo car has all the proper documents that it should possess, including the custom papers.
Do not be deceived by looks
What you see online might not be what you find in reality when you’re checking out the car. Check the body of the tokunbo car for any scratches or any signs of bad times. Check for panel beating marks. Check for a cracked windscreen. Anything that your eyes can see, make sure you do a proper check on it. Open the car and check the interiors too. If you find any signs of rough usage on the car, that’s a red light; turn around and go.