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How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by wiseguy(m): 7:22pm On Feb 10, 2016
Sequel to the post on “How to sell a used car”, I feel obliged to also be the buyer advocate in order to sensitize buyers of Nigerian used cars the things to look out for when making a purchase.

If you are buying a used car, you really need to understand that there are reasons of which the owner wants to sell it and you should really have and cross-check that information. If there is no way for you to verify the information, don’t believe it yet. Just take it with a grain of salt and proceed to check out the following:

State of maintenance: This should be on top of the list when buying used cars. You need to evaluate the general state of the car and how it has been maintained and taken care of. When you take a look at a car, you can tell if it has been well taken care of. Is there a dirt or trash all over the interior? How about the body? Is there dents everywhere that is too numerous to count? Cars are meant to take us from point A to B but some people are so rough and many others tend to take their problems and frustrations on their car. To buttress this point, we often hear car dealers selling used cars saying that a particular car was used by a woman and thus had no issues. This is because of the general belief that women are gentler and will probably not use their cars in a rough manner. However, this might be a bit misleading because many people who want to sell their used car will subject it to thorough washing and cleaning but with a little bit of experience and thorough observation, you can spot the difference.

Budget: So many people have made the mistake of driving a car that is beyond their means. For instance, you see a car that will normally cost between 2.5m to 3m but because one ‘yahoo boy’ has ran out of cash and needed to fling one of his cars to remain afloat, he sold it for about 800k or you bought a used SUV for quite less amount that it normally would have cost. This is really where the problem starts. A lot of times this luxury cars comes with luxury problems that your not-so luxury pocket can take care of. You might pay a token or less to purchase the car but the real cost of the car is in the operation, the maintenance, and the repair. Most luxury cars consume more fuel per mile and if any part fails and needs to be replaced, that could set you back financially. Overtime you’ll find out that you are not really driving that car. The car is “driving” you and is driving you so crazy that you wish that you never purchased it in the first place. So make sure you buy a used car within your means. A car that you can fuel and maintain without going broke. So budgeting is not just about what you can afford now. It’s also about operation of the car and being able to maintain the car at the long run. Any car that you cannot maintain is beyond your means. It doesn’t matter whether you purchased and paid for it the first time.

Get a specialist: Don’t just get any mechanic to check the used car you want to buy. Get a specialist in the type of car you are about to purchase to check it out. If possible, pay the specialist to do a thorough a job. He should pay attention to things like engine, transmission, the cooling system, the exhaust system among other things.

To recap, a car you wish to buy should do what’s it’s intended to do. Take you where you want to go, it’s reliable and most importantly doesn’t cost you much in repairs and maintenance. Do you love SUVs? This is not meant to discourage you but just a pointer to what you’ll likely experience. If you have driven other cars such as the Honda Civic or Nissan Altima, you’ll find out the huge difference with the SUVs when it comes to fuel consumption. SUVs are so thirsty no matter the season. The thing I do tell people is this – if you can look at the big SUV tires and go to a tire shop and buy a new one without fussing, maybe you can maintain an SUV otherwise leave it alone. Another recommendation, do not buy an SUV as your first car and let it not be your only car. It is advisable to have a second but smaller car and use the SUV sparingly and occasionally. So be practical about purchasing a used car. Do your homework.

Have you purchased a nigerian used car before? How long has it served you? Let us know your experience.

Source:http://carblognaija.com/how-to-buy-a-nigerian-used-car/

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Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by GAZZUZZ(m): 8:11pm On Feb 10, 2016
for vehicle Pre-inspection in lagos, check my signature.

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Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by kaycodes: 12:08am On Feb 12, 2016
GAZZUZZ:
for vehicle Pre-inspection in lagos, check my signature.

Do you have any specialist you can recommend in PH?
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by pstTheo: 6:01pm On Mar 13, 2016
@ op. Thank you so much for this information. God bless u
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by mrstheo(f): 7:05pm On Mar 13, 2016
Nice information.
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by Macmilla(m): 3:45pm On Mar 14, 2016
GAZZUZZ:
for vehicle Pre-inspection in lagos, check my signature.
U ar in Lagos and I want to come pick a naija used ride in lagos, how much will u charge to help me inspect it when I come?
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by GAZZUZZ(m): 3:49pm On Mar 14, 2016
Macmilla:

U ar in Lagos and I want to come pick a naija used ride in lagos, how much will u charge to help me inspect it when I come?

depends on the location. Bring it to my office, I'll inspect for free (including a scan) if I have to leave my office to inspect, it will cost 10,000 naira.
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by Macmilla(m): 3:56pm On Mar 14, 2016
GAZZUZZ:


depends on the location. Bring it to my office, I'll inspect for free (including a scan) if I have to leave my office to inspect, it will cost 10,000 naira.
Then ur office it is. I guess the one in ur signature is valid, right?
Will contact u if my plan works out. Thanks in advance.
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by talk2odim: 5:28pm On Mar 14, 2016
GAZZUZZ:


depends on the location. Bring it to my office, I'll inspect for free (including a scan) if I have to leave my office to inspect, it will cost 10,000 naira.

Does this apply to call members kiss
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by GAZZUZZ(m): 5:50pm On Mar 14, 2016
talk2odim:


Does this apply to call members kiss

you have to apply first,

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Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by talk2odim: 5:59pm On Mar 14, 2016
GAZZUZZ:


you have to apply first,

Choi.......where can I get forms!
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by Nobody: 11:27pm On Mar 17, 2016
Another thing u need 2 note when buying a Nigerian used vehicle r d documents 2 demand of d seller and these includes
Allocation of registration no,
Prove of ownership certificate,
Vehicle license.
Purchase reciept signed by d 2 parties,
A draft out of change of ownership dat authorizes d new owner 2 go on with d proper change of ownership.

2ndly, u need 2 check d vehicle license and ensure dat it's valid 2 avoid paying 4 wot u did not use.

My experience in vehicle documentations : a lot of people have come 4 change of ownership and when dey r asked 2 bring d vehicle documents dey were given by d seller, u will be surprised at wot dey will present: VEHICLE license, road worthiness and insurance. And these r only d renewables and not d major documents.
So dey will need 2 go through loss of vehicle documents b4 dey can process dere change of ownership and den replacement of no plate which will cost dem much more.

Also some pple will come with a vehicle license dat has expired 4 maybe 4-5yrs and won't have any choice but 2 renew it up to date which means more expenses.

My advice: check out 4 d validity of especially d vehicle license since it's auto-reg, if it's expired, deduct d price multiplied by d no of yrs from d agreed price of d said vehicle because it was d seller's duty 2 validate d documents. I hope dis helps.

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Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by Lexusgs430: 6:52am On Mar 18, 2016
Macmilla:

Then ur office it is. I guess the one in ur signature is valid, right?
Will contact u if my plan works out. Thanks in advance.

Simply because it's a free service (visiting the office), does not mean a Thank you Brown envelope, would be rejected!!!
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by Macmilla(m): 9:59am On Mar 18, 2016
Lexusgs430:


Simply because it's a free service (visiting the office), does not mean a Thank you Brown envelope, would be rejected!!!
Deal already flopped. I didn't need the tech guy to disqualify it for me cos it was bad enough for me to do myself.

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Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by Lexusgs430: 10:03am On Mar 18, 2016
Macmilla:

Deal already flopped. I didn't need the tech guy to disqualify it for me cos it was bad enough for me to do myself.

Lol. You went with your eyes, nose and other senses, wide open.
Good for you!!!
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by Macmilla(m): 10:13am On Mar 18, 2016
Lexusgs430:


Lol. You went with your eyes, nose and other senses, wide open.
Good for you!!!
The engine somehow seemed to be in good condition. Very meet too. It ran well without any check engine light. But outside the engine, every other thing is
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by Lexusgs430: 10:16am On Mar 18, 2016
Macmilla:

The engine somehow seemed to be in good condition. Very meet too. It ran well without any check engine light. But outside the engine, every other thing is

No check engine lights, does it mean a code has not already been cancelled.
Some unscrupulous sellers, would even disable the abs, check engine, vsa etc etc error lights
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by Macmilla(m): 10:22am On Mar 18, 2016
Lexusgs430:


No check engine lights, does it mean a code has not already been cancelled.
Some unscrupulous sellers, would even disable the abs, check engine, vsa etc etc error lights
I don't think so. It comes on when ignition is on and goes off when engine starts. That shows the system is intact. We took it for a drive and none appeared. Sound too was very smooth. The engine simply didn't match the deteriorated body and interior.
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by Lexusgs430: 10:26am On Mar 18, 2016
Macmilla:

I don't think so. It comes on when ignition is on and goes off when engine starts. That shows the system is intact. We took it for a drive and none appeared. Sound too was very smooth. The engine simply didn't match the deteriorated body and interior.

Possibly not by this seller,but some sellers do. Maybe the engine has recently been replaced or repaired.
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by Lexusgs430: 10:29am On Mar 18, 2016
Macmilla:

I don't think so. It comes on when ignition is on and goes off when engine starts. That shows the system is intact. We took it for a drive and none appeared. Sound too was very smooth. The engine simply didn't match the deteriorated body and interior.

Unfortunately some sellers don't understand the aspect of proper presentation.
Spending a few naira tidying the vehicle, might just seal the deal!!!
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by Macmilla(m): 10:35am On Mar 18, 2016
Lexusgs430:


Unfortunately some sellers don't understand the aspect of proper presentation.
Spending a few naira tidying the vehicle, might just seal the deal!!!
The only presentation that will make me seal that deal would involve a thorough body work, overhaul of the interior and other minor but NUMEROUS touches. That may be able t fool me. But then, I think I know how to detect a filler padded body.

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Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by Lexusgs430: 10:38am On Mar 18, 2016
Macmilla:

The only presentation that will make me seal that deal would involve a thorough body work, overhaul of the interior and other minor but NUMEROUS touches. That may be able t fool me. But then, I think I know how to detect a filler padded body.


If the seller is honest in their description, stating body work has been repaired and repainted.
The buyer, can decide either to buy or run!!!
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by Lexusgs430: 10:39am On Mar 18, 2016
Macmilla:

The only presentation that will make me seal that deal would involve a thorough body work, overhaul of the interior and other minor but NUMEROUS touches. That may be able t fool me. But then, I think I know how to detect a filler padded body.

But most vehicles on our roads, usually have traffic tribal marks.
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by Macmilla(m): 10:48am On Mar 18, 2016
Lexusgs430:



If the seller is honest in their description, stating body work has been repaired and repainted.
The buyer, can decide either to buy or run!!!
Exactly! But they prefer to hide the bad parts, hoping they can bamboozle u when u come. Or maybe cos I have come from a very far distance, he hoped I will just close eye and buy it. I refuse to be bamboozled and I'd rather waste 20k and have rest of mind than buy trouble with my money.

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Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by Macmilla(m): 10:54am On Mar 18, 2016
Lexusgs430:


But most vehicles on our roads, usually have traffic tribal marks.
That is very much understandable. But not this car.
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by Lexusgs430: 11:01am On Mar 18, 2016
Macmilla:

Exactly! But they prefer to hide the bad parts, hoping they can bamboozle u when u come. Or maybe cos I have come from a very far distance, he hoped I will just close eye and buy it. I refuse to be bamboozled and I'd rather waste 20k and have rest of mind than buy trouble with my money.

Did you read the thread about the guy requesting advise, before buying a Toyota Corolla?
He went against all advise, bought the corolla and in the process,wasted N700k
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by Macmilla(m): 11:15am On Mar 18, 2016
Lexusgs430:


Did you read the thread about the guy requesting advise, before buying a Toyota Corolla?
He went against all advise, bought the corolla and in the process,wasted N700k
Eyaa. I just wasted 30k and my heart is broken. But at least, it's not up to 700k.
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by Lexusgs430: 11:21am On Mar 18, 2016
Macmilla:

Eyaa. I just wasted 30k and my heart is broken. But at least, it's not up to 700k.

I am sure in comparison and retrospect, if he could turn back the hands of time.
He would have preferred losing 30k and not 700k. His lose did not end at 700k, he spent more trying to fix the long list of problems and was seeking advice on either continue spending or sell the car!!!
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by johnogroh: 7:17pm On Mar 18, 2016
Evening all. I guess we are all doing fine. Please I need a Nigerian used Toyota car not more than #500,000. Can I get any good one
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by leymercy: 7:58pm On Mar 18, 2016
I need a toyota car 2015 model not less than 1.5 million
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by Macmilla(m): 12:52am On Mar 19, 2016
Lexusgs430:


I am sure in comparison and retrospect, if he could turn back the hands of time.
He would have preferred losing 30k and not 700k. His lose did not end at 700k, he spent more trying to fix the long list of problems and was seeking advice on either continue spending or sell the car!!!
That's sad
Re: How To Buy A Nigerian Used Car by Lexusgs430: 1:44am On Mar 19, 2016
Macmilla:
That's sad
You can say that again!!! Would paste you his post later.

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