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|5 Things To Consider Before Buying A Second Hand Car In Nigeria by proudly(f): 11:35pm On Sep 05, 2016|
There is a difference between Tokunbo and Second Hand. Tokunbo cars are cars brought in from overseas while Second Hand Cars are cars used and resold in Nigeria. Many people think it’s a bad idea to buy a second hand vehicle in Nigeria but, I beg to differ because I have seen both Second Hand and Tokunbo Vehicles give their owners peace of mind and some just give them pure hell.
Here are 5 things you need to consider when you want to buy a Second Hand Car in Nigeria.
1. Determine your Budget: Don’t let your emotions control you or allow someone trick you into spending more than you have budgeted for. You don’t want to go borrow money or spend more than your budget just to get home and discover you paid more for the Car than its actual worth.
2. Beware of a good Deal: When you are being offered a Car that obviously look like it’s worth more than the seller is asking for. Be careful!! It might just have problems that are not visible to naked eyes.
3.Research the Model: Every Car brand has its strong and weak points. What they lack in some parts, they make up for in others.The down side might just be what you are not prepared for. There are cars that naturally consume fuel and some others are prone to Wheel problems. Make sure you research the model you plan to buy so you are aware of what you are getting yourself into.
4.Use your Own Mechanic : Don’t take the sellers word for it, you need to be 101% sure of what you are paying for. Go with a trusted mechanic and have him check it out. Also make sure to do a test drive.
5.Inspect the Owner, not just the Car : It might sound weird but I believe a car is an extension of its owner. Make sure to check out the owner (not in a creepy way) and ask yourself questions like; Is he trustworthy?, Is the Owner too eager to sell? or maybe he isn’t willing to sell.
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