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10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by naijadrivablog: 7:37pm On Nov 13
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I’m this post, Naijadriva is going to give you 10 tips that would help you when you want to buy a used car. If you don’t know about cars, you can be cheated by car dealers or Private seller who would be haply to let you have his or her problems, while paying for it.

1. Research About Your Car Of Choice: After you see a car you like, research about it online, ask your local mechanics (more than 2) about how much the engine, transmission, lower control arm, oil servicing, any problem to watch out for? etc. One of the mistakes prospective car buyer make, especially inexperienced or first timers, is that they see a car that tickles their fancy, their neighbor drives or some other person and voilà! That is what they want to buy. To purchase a car is one thing but the maintenance cost is to be taken to account. Chances are that you may change your mind about the particular brand you like to make another choice in the long run.
Recall that we listed 24 Cars You Should Never Buy

2. Find The Vehicle Of Choice: After you have have a general background information about the car, find where you can buy it. You may want to buy foreign used or Nigerian used (be careful when buying Nigerian used automobiles). You can find your car of choice at car stands, along the road or even travel to Cotonou (Well, the border is closed now).

3. Go With A Good Mechanic: When buying foreign used (also called direct Belgium, or tokunbo), go with a good mechanic or person who is well knowledgeable of the particular brand you want to buy and the mechanic’s workshop must be very far from where the car is sold. This is because, mechanic near where you want to buy a car may not tell you the truth, even when you are paying him to inspect the car for you because he may know the seller. Be sure that the mechanic has a car scanner to scan the vehicle for hidden faults.

4. Checks: Be sure to check under the car for rust, so that water doesn’t enter the vehicle when you drive through a water puddle. Check for oil leaks, car paint/body, and general checks.

5. Test Drive: You never can know all the hidden problems until you drive it. Start and drive it and check if the gear selects well and the suspension is ok or not. Remember, the more repairs to be done on the car further drives down the price during negotiations.

6. Inspect The Vehicle Particulars: Whether the car is Foreign used or Nigeria used, be sure to demand for its Customs papers, among other documents to be given to you to inspect. If it is a Nigerian used car, be sure that it is up to seven years since the car is registered or the seller must provide among other particulars, its Customs papers, that is, If you don’t want to run into trouble with Customs officers or have your car impounded.

7. Get the Means of Identity o f Seller: Make sure that you get a photocopy or crosscheck the name of the seller with the documents and let him sign the necessary papers, like change of Ownership agreement, receipt and so on. Where the seller’s name is not on the documents but claimed he owns the car, demand a police report or Change of Ownership agreement/receipt he got from whose name is on the car documents. You do not want to hear, “I lost that document”, etc. Beware, stolen car can land you in jail.

8. Do A Vehicle Identification Number Check: You must not pay immediately you see a car or done checks. Copy the VIN number of the car, usually imprinted on the driver’s door and go online to check (but this may not give you full history of the vehicle) or contact people that can do it for you. There are a lot of them online, especially http://www.nairaland.com .
VIN checks shows if the car was stolen, flooded, caught fire, accident vehicle and so on but it shows you the car's report when it was used abroad, especially in the USA. When buying Nigerian used, VIN check may not show if the car was stolen somewhere in Nigeria as we do not have good database system in this part of the world.



Illustration: VIN is a combination of letters and numbers used to identify an automobile


9. Get A 7 Days Warranty From Seller: We know, it is not the seller that made the car but before you make payment, ask him to give you seven days warranty, and he should write it on the Change of Ownership or receipt that you can have your money back if you discovered that the car isn’t “sold as is”.

10. Pay For the Vehicle: When you have done your checks and convinced about the cars, faults to fix or if it is in pristine condition, negotiate and pay for the vehicle. The seller’s asking price can be negotiated down by considering the cost of the repairs to be done but be reasonable when negotiating. Collect all the keys, particulars and security codes (if any) of the car.

What do you think?

Source: https://naijadriva.wordpress.com/2019/11/13/10-tips-for-purchasing-used-cars/

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Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by cloud6999: 8:43pm On Nov 13
Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by YorubaPrince: 8:44pm On Nov 13
11. Wash and celebrate am with Seaman' Schnapps... cool

Ojuelegba Spirits be with you for life! cool Dem fada! angry

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Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by ednut1(m): 8:44pm On Nov 13
Any used car them display likely has issues. If your car is sound your friend or friend of friend will grab it asap

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Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by Bringofg: 8:45pm On Nov 13
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Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by divabolanle: 8:45pm On Nov 13
MAKE SENSE

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Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by MrPresident1: 8:45pm On Nov 13
What is the difference between direct Belgium and tokunbo?

Gazzuzz

Anyways, me I dont buy or use used cars, that is for the poor people. I need a new car, I go to Elizade immediately, or I call Coscharis, that's how we roll grin

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Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by habeeb246(m): 8:46pm On Nov 13
Vin important
Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by Flier: 8:46pm On Nov 13
11th and the most important.Call Nigeria custom to confirm if the duty was fully paid or short paid

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Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by Ijawwomaninoyo: 8:47pm On Nov 13
I am more confused than you!

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Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by SocialJustice: 8:48pm On Nov 13
ednut1:
Any used car them display likely has issues. If your car is sound your friend or friend of friend will grab it asap
Say what you know. I'm sure you've never bought or sold a car.

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Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by Just2endowed2(m): 8:48pm On Nov 13
Nice article
Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by ednut1(m): 8:48pm On Nov 13
SocialJustice:
Say what you know. I'm sure you've never bought or sold a car.
likely not all
Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by ngwababe(f): 8:49pm On Nov 13
USA used Lexus RX 300(2002) for sale at an affordable price.

Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by AmuDimpka: 8:51pm On Nov 13
Oga get change of ownership , check the car ..and the easiest way is from the exhaust smoke ...various colours of files has meanings


Abeg take original documents and mine on...you are buying a car not Boeing 666

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Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by ornicus: 8:52pm On Nov 13
Go With A Good Mechanic: When buying foreign used (also called direct Belgium, or tokunbo), go with a good mechanic or person who is well knowledgeable of the particular brand you want to buy and the mechanic’s workshop must be very far from where the car is sold. This is because, mechanic near where you want to buy a car may not tell you the truth, even when you are paying him to inspect the car for you because he may know the seller. Be sure that the mechanic has a car scanner to scan the vehicle for hidden faults.

90% of mechanics will be compromised by the seller. sellers have factored mechanics into their calculations



5. Test Drive: You never can know all the hidden problems until you drive it. Start and drive it and check if the gear selects well and the suspension is ok or not. Remember, the more repairs to be done on the car further drives down the price during negotiations.

yes and no. we also will do quick fix before we sell the car if we want a good price.



7. Get the Means of Identity o f Seller: Make sure that you get a photocopy or crosscheck the name of the seller with the documents and let him sign the necessary papers, like change of Ownership agreement, receipt and so on. Where the seller’s name is not on the documents but claimed he owns the car, demand a police report or Change of Ownership agreement/receipt he got from whose name is on the car documents. You do not want to hear, “I lost that document”, etc. Beware, stolen car can land you in jail.

today, it is not just about identifying the seller. my understanding is that a lot of yahoo boys are into car sales as a means of money laundering. so if you are not careful, you may find yourself being called by efcc or even having your accounts frozen.

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Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by Heffalump(m): 8:53pm On Nov 13
Op you are not being fare at all. You didn't advise people on how to make money to buy car, it is tips on how to buy car in this Buhari time embarassed

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Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by Boyooosa(m): 8:53pm On Nov 13
6, 7, 8 should have bn 1, 2, 3 in numerical order and not vice versa...

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Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by vineyardfarms: 9:02pm On Nov 13
Flier:
11th and the most important.Call Nigeria custom to confirm if the duty was fully paid or short paid
PLS DO YOU HAVE CONTACT NUMBER OF CUSTOMS?? THANK YOU.

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Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by oghenerobo91(m): 9:04pm On Nov 13
Just take the car to our computerised vehicle inspection center and all your problems are over. We do engine test and total vehicle diagnosis and all defects in the car will be shown in the report, all for a fee less than 5k

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Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by Zangazanga: 9:07pm On Nov 13
Bringofg:
Locate, Monitor & Control your vehicle 24/7 with your phone, tablet & PC.

Protect your vehicles with the latest, advanced and effective technology and experience peace of mind by knowing the real time location of your vehicle at all time.

Listen to voice conversation going on in your vehicle remotely from your phone in real time and plan your next move irrespective of the distance.

Take 100% control of your car at all time. Stop and Resume your car engine from anywhere you are when neccessary.

FOR CAR TRACKER INSTALLATION IN ABUJA, LAGOS, PORTHERCOURT, OWERRI,ILORIN, IBADAN, ABIA, KOGI, BENIN CITY, ADO EKITI, OSOGBO, ABA, CALABA, AKWA IBOM. PLS CALL THE PHONE NUMBER BELOW. PRICE IS #35.000..INSTALLATION TAKES LESS THAN 30 MINUTES.
Pls is this amount a one off payment or renewable every year?

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Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by Hoodbilonia: 9:20pm On Nov 13
Just buy tokunbo and rest,unless its a close friend,family u wan buy naija used from. Forget story of come with your mechanic. Bring scanner,owner is relovating abroad story,driven by a pastor,banker,female. Abegi
Just softly buy belgium make u rest

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Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by CarGuideNG: 9:21pm On Nov 13
Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by dipson4u08(f): 9:22pm On Nov 13
ngwababe:
USA used Lexus RX 300(2002) for sale at an affordable price.

i can see that this lexus is really parked in USA.... grin grin grin grin

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Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by MalbakOscar(m): 9:26pm On Nov 13
oghenerobo91:
Just take the car to our computerised vehicle inspection center and all your problems are over. We do engine test and total vehicle diagnosis and all defects in the car will be shown in the report, all for a fee less than 5k

Where is that please?

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Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by Apostlepurple: 9:32pm On Nov 13
YorubaPrince:
11. Wash and celebrate am with Seaman' Schnapps... cool

Ojuelegba Spirits be with you for life! cool Dem fada! angry

This!!!
Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by ngwababe(f): 9:39pm On Nov 13
dipson4u08:


i can see that this lexus is really parked in USA.... grin grin grin grin

It's in Lagos now but I don't know what's funny about it?
Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by Awesome01(m): 9:39pm On Nov 13
oghenerobo91:
Just take the car to our computerised vehicle inspection center and all your problems are over. We do engine test and total vehicle diagnosis and all defects in the car will be shown in the report, all for a fee less than 5k

How can you advertise yourself this much without putting up any contact?

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Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by IDIOTICMOD: 9:40pm On Nov 13
ednut1:
Any used car them display likely has issues. If your car is sound your friend or friend of friend will grab it asap
Says who?

Some people most times dont allow family and friends to know they're disposing such things so as not to attract rumour mongers like you saying " I no tell you say that man don broke....see him dey sell him properties"

Bad belle.

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Re: 10 Tips For Purchasing Used Cars by Bringofg: 9:41pm On Nov 13
Zangazanga:

Pls is this amount a one off payment or renewable every year?
one off

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