Today, tokunbo cars are a rave in Nigeria. And they have been since the ’80s. A tokunbo is rated higher and better than a Nigerian used car. Meanwhile, they are both used vehicles.
Well, the reason for this is quite understandable. Generally, it is believed that a tokunbo car must have seen better times in whatever foreign countries it came from. There, most likely, aren’t any bad roads to give the car a hard time. However, a Nigerian used car would most likely have tasted the rigors of being on a bad road.
Anyway, there are things you should know before buying tokunbo cars in Nigeria. Especially if you intend to buy a tokunbo car that would last for a long time. Here are a few tips on how to negotiate when buying tokunbo cars in Nigeria.
Know when to make your purchase
There are times when you would most likely get the best deals. This is when you should visit a dealership to buy used cars. You can also buy new cars at these periods but remember I said earlier that there usually isn’t much to negotiate on new cars.
For instance, dealerships often have timely sales goals to meet. It could be every four months, 6 months, or annually. Visiting them towards the end of these periods could increase your chances of getting better deals.
Negotiate the price in bits
The car seller would want you to negotiate the total price. You should not allow this. Negotiate every stated price every step of the way. This may take a lot of time but it would be worth it eventually.
Look out for imperfections
Inspect the car thoroughly. Especially if you’re buying a used car, check for scratches, damages, or just about anything that gives you a hint about the past of the car.
You could even take it a step further and go along with a professional car mechanic. Have them inspect the car and report whatever isn’t perfect about the car. That’s some extra bargaining chip for you.