Naturally, you can almost guess that majority of Nigerians who buy the Toyota Camry or Corolla often take it to roadside mechanics for repairs. This is due to the fact that they usually feel no need to patronize standard automobile workshops for such a common car model. But do you ever wondered about the struggles of owning a supercar in Nigeria? Or better still, did you know that there are some "NORMAL" car brands and models that actually require standard auto workshops to maintain them in Nigeria? As a matter of fact, the bad habits of Nigerian roadside mechanics usually piss people off when they own some car models. So, in this post we will be highlighting 10 Cars Nigerian Mechanics hate repairing.
Top 10 Cars That Nigerian Mechanics Hate!
Before you buy any of the car models or brands listed below, prepare your mind not to patronize roadside mechanics because they would probably not be well-informed about your car. Not that these models or brands are "BAD" but rather the roadside mechanics usually lack knowledge of these cars, hence they hate them.
A very common Audi in Nigeria
Nigerian mechanics will usually run at the sight of an Audi car in their repair shop only because of one reason. It is a very high-tech car that also requires premium fuel for most of its common models. Unfortunately, modern car repair equipment is very scarce in Nigerian and it is also not easy to get premium fuel in the country. Having said this, we can easily assume that most Audi cars in Nigerian roadside mechanic shops are already running on bad fuel which makes their repairs very complex. We have so far, sighted over 10 Audi Q6 SUVs hopelessly broken down in front of houses and at mechanic workshops in Nigeria.
This Audi R8 is being repaired from an accident in Nigeria
Audis require authentic parts and a diagnosis routine before any repair is carried out. Audi specialist mechanics were available in Nigeria back in the days, but it is obvious that they did not evolve to learn the tech in newer cars.
BMW is the most hated car in Nigeria even amongst the mechanics but the surprising thing is; we found that actual BMW mechanics love working on BMWs.
A beautiful BMW car that most people avoid in Nigeria
BMWs have been tagged as one of the most unreliable cars in Nigeria because even mechanics avoid working on them which is why it spends so long at repair shops.
One thing about BMWs that these mechanics hate is how you have to perfectly repair a BMW before it can go back to normal. A mechanic can partially fix a Toyota Corolla for example and the car would appear alright for a while. An example of this would be the check engine light on a Corolla but if you try this with a BMW, the car would show every symptom just before
it leaves the mechanic workshop.
This BMW was given to a bad mechanic and he/she has ruined it
If you ever decide to buy a BMW in Nigeria, make sure you give it to a BMW specialist to fix for you or else you might fall in a big soup. Not only will the roadside mechanics hate your car, but they also have every tendency of ruining it as well.
Volkswagens used to be the favourite car of Nigerian roadside mechanics. Back in the days of the Volkswagen Golf 1, Golf 2 and Volkswagen Santana. The drive train was easy to fix back then.
This is a beautiful Volkswagen Passat sedan but Nigerian mechanics hate it
From 2005, when Volkswagen started making turbo-powered engines and complex electrical systems for their cars, Nigerian mechanics have developed a special resentment for Volkswagen cars. Newer Volkswagen cars take a very long time to diagnose because of the presence of electrical components in a lot of places around the car. Even well seasoned Nigerian automobile technicians find it tough to rectify Volkswagen Drive train issues. This is why it is best to buy Volkswagen cars as brand-new or very low mileage foreign used.
Ford vehicles are great to have in Nigeria but roadside mechanics often find it hard to source for their spare parts. This is one reason why many Nigerian mechanics tend to have a headache repairing Ford cars and hence hate them generally.
Most Ford cars in Nigeria are affordable but only with better Ford Mechanics
Ford cars are made in America which makes it kind of pointless for aftermarket companies based in Asia to make their spare parts. This is a clear contrast to other brands like Toyota, Honda, Kia and Mercedes-Benz. If you are buying a recent year Ford car, be ready to splurge when it is time to buy parts because you would have to be shipping it in from abroad.
5. Range Rover
80% of the roadside mechanics in Nigeria do not like cars that require patience to diagnose and repair. Range Rover cars are very sensitive cars that need plenty of care and attention while fixing.
Nigerians love Range-Rovers, but the mechanics don't
We asked 6 Nigerian mechanics why they don't like fixing Range Rovers and they said it is time-consuming and has too many electrical problems.
Electrical problems are not fixed by these mechanics, they have to call a wiring technician. Any mistake can lead to the damage of an electrical component which means a bigger loss for the mechanic when this happens.
Supercars don't always make it out of Nigeria alive
Faulty Supercars cannot even make their way to the location of most of these mechanic workshops because of their ride height. The extremely low ride height of supercars usually makes them very difficult to even drive to the locations where most mechanic shops are in Nigeria. So, it is very obvious that a supercar owner in Nigeria should not even think of taking it to a roadside mechanic. Oh, and even if you try it; the mechanics will also never accept the car from you because Supercars have a very different type of setup meant for premium road performance.
Skodas are very scarce in Nigeria
Skoda is also manufactured by Volkswagen, so it has the same complaint with Volkswagen from the mechanics. It is even crazier with Skoda cars because these mechanics don't usually know that Volkswagen car parts can be used to fix a Skoda car model. So, don't be surprised if a Nigerian Volkswagen expert rejects a Skoda because of ignorance.
8. Mini Cooper
Mini-Coopers are so small but can be very difficult to work on
Mini-coopers are British cars that are jointly developed by BMW these days. These small cute cars are very difficult to repair because of the position of parts under the hood and also the way it is designed. It is actually not a myth that British cars are not reliable, which means your Mini-cooper is prone to technical faults.
Mini-cooper owners in Nigeria always have to waste time searching for a trusted automobile technician to fix their cars.
Mercedes-Benz; a very common brand in Nigeria
Yep, there are a lot of Mercedes-Benz cars in Nigeria but this does not dispute the fact that a lot of mechanics avoid fixing these cars. That is why we have specialist mechanics for Mercedes-Benz cars in Nigeria.
When you take a Benz to a regular Nigerian mechanic and leave for your house, the man/woman will mostly call their own Mercedes-Benz specialist mechanic to resolve the issue for them. Yes, this is one reason why you might end up getting charged more than usual because both the supporting mechanic and your mechanic have to get paid for the job. Mercedes-Benz cars are simply high-tech cars that require a lot of technical and up-to-date knowledge to fix.
Jaguars cars often look more expensive than they seem
Jaguar cars are the number one nightmare of most Nigerian mechanics that fixes "regular" cars for a living. Jaguar is a British product, which means a lot of electrical components like in Range Rovers.
All these cars listed above require well-seasoned automobile technicians to work on them because their systems are not simple. Feel free to buy these cars in Nigeria but have it at the back of your mind that when you need to go for a fix, you need trusted hands. And this is the reason why they are listed on this list of 10 Cars Nigerian Mechanics hate repairing. Having said that, you should always check out our website Naijauto.com for more tips and advice on anything car related in Nigeria.
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