In Nigeria, we now have a wider range of job classification unlike how it used to be before the 2000s where if you don't have an office job then you are like a menace in the society.
Parents now support alternative careers like acting, singing, painting, app development, athletics, and a whole lot more.
This is why I felt the need to create an article on the best cars to buy according to your job. There are some cars you should never consider buying if you are into a particular type of work sphere because it will be totally functionless to you.
Every car you see out there was built from the ground up for a particular set of functions and it is mandatory that you know this before you go ahead to buy.
Please, if I don't directly touch your profession just find the class that matches what you do closely.
1. Cars for the Show Business people
In the Nigerian show business, whether upcoming or fully known. You need a somewhat flashy car that makes your fans know that you are really a star. There are rappers and actors in our world of today that don't have flashy cars but they still have to rent them when they have shown because nobody would remember a musician without a flashy car.
Kiss Daniel with his luxury/flashy cars
It is show business, you have to show the audience a lot of things they can talk about and your car is a good place to start. Your car doesn't have to be the most expensive but it has to look expensive and irregular so that it can draw attention to your craft.
Take a look at all the Nigerian female celebrities and their cars to confirm what I speak of.
Ruby drives a Corolla but she has pimped the wheels and added transformer logo to make it look better
It is very wrong to catch Davido or Wizkid riding in a 2005 Kia Rio. It immediately kills the superstar aura that people expect to see around them. In America, some rappers get more popular because of their luxury cars and the level of upgrades they have on it.
However, if a show business person is trying to go to a place unnoticed then driving a regular car is a very good idea.
Good examples of cars for show business people are Bentleys, Mercedes-Benz, Chevrolet Camaro, Porsche, Audi, and Range-Rovers.
2. Cars for 9 to 5ers
The 9 to 5ers represent a very large percentage of the Nigerian population. These are the people that have a stationary office they go to every day to carry out a specific activity mostly within the hours of 9 am and 5 am.
The level of income from this class of employment has a very wide range but the constant is that the income is received monthly which means they have to plan for their cars based on a budget. This is why you should only drive regular everyday cars as 9 to 5 people.
This is an office parking space; you would mostly see low maintenance cars
As a 9 to 5er, you should drive cars that can carry a maximum of 5 persons and also very economical because you don't need any special engine performance to get you to work.
Also, you should stray away from flashy and luxury cars because it stirs up a lot of questions in your workplace. Just drive in at 9 am park your car and drive home at 5 without attracting any special attention to yourself.
I have seen a particular trend of bad car buying habits that Nigerian 9 to 5ers exhibit. It is very wrong to buy cars that at most 20 percent of your monthly earning cannot maintain. A lot of 9 to 5ers get official cars after working in organizations for a certain amount of time.
No point burning fuel in traffic as a 9 to 5er; just drive regular low-cost cars
The cars the company gives workers perfectly represent the type of car 9 to 5ers at different levels should have. You can always buy your dream car and don't bring it to work especially if it is a luxury or performance car.
Banks in Nigeria mostly give regular 9 to 5ers cars like the Nissan Almeras, Toyota Corolla and Yaris, Honda Civic and CR-V then Toyota Prado, Ford Edge, and Lexus LX to their highest-ranking executives.
3. Cars for small and Medium-scale entrepreneurs
If you are running an SME in Nigeria, the last thing you need is a car that will stress you or take your hard-earned money away frequently.
It is best to buy a new model car (at least 5 years old) and keep it neat because you will be meeting a lot of potential clients and investors on a daily basis. First impression matters and it starts from the moment you drive in.
Always keep it neat, new, and simple as an upcoming entrepreneur
You can drive an SUV, Sedan, Hatchback, or whatever but just make sure it is neat and the economy is very low. Cars that consume less fuel and have parts available all over Nigeria are the cars I speak of.
Some SMEs in Nigeria closedown after the owners get major funding, then buy expensive houses and luxury cars that they spend so much maintaining instead of growing the business to a very high level.
Perfect examples of cars for SME entrepreneurs include the Toyota Camry, Ford Focus, Honda Accord, Volkswagen Passat, Hyundai Creta, Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent, Kia Sonata, Hyundai Elantra, Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and many others.
Note: Emphasis on cars that are 5 years old or newer.
4. Cars for Big Entrepreneurs
In Nigeria, the big entrepreneurs are the people that have built a reputable and highly profitable company. As a big fish entrepreneur, you should have a reason to buy luxury cars in Nigeria.
Cars for big entrepreneurs have to speak class
I strongly recommend luxury SUVs, full-size sedans, and crossovers because they are more practical for the unpredictable nature of Nigerian roads. Luxury SUVs would give you a great level of comfort on the go. Enough comfort that allows you to think and work while in your car as your driver takes you from one place to another.
Perfect examples of cars for big entrepreneurs include Range Rovers, Rolls-Royce, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Lexus LS, Acura TSX, Audi A7, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Cadillac CTS, and others.
5. Cars for Creatives
Creatives are the Nigerians that make a living from thinking and putting things together. Jobs like painting, filming, blogging, fashion designing, set designing e.t.c.
Creative people play freely with their choice of cars
The cars people like this need are cars that just best suit their form of creativity and style of life. Creative people are the one set of people that have the freedom to drive whatever that pleases them. SUVs, Convertibles, hatchbacks, or even Nigerian vintage cars because as a creative person, total freedom is part of what makes your work perfect.
The moment a car starts stressing you as a creative, just change it immediately because it disrupts your thought process.
6. Cars for Product distributors
This classification actually can be found in some of the classes I have mentioned earlier. If your job requires moving products from one place to another then you need a very spacious car to help you carry that clothing, hair, shoe, bag, and sunglasses everywhere you need them to be.
Product distributors prioritize a car which provides ample space
Cars that do this job the best way are hatchbacks, station wagons, and compact SUVs or crossovers.
As a product distributor, you should avoid SUVs with more than 6 cylinder engines because they tend to consume a lot of fuel that will be harmful to your finances.
Good examples of cars for you as a product distributor business owner are the Dodge Magnum, Toyota Matrix, Toyota Rav-4, Kia Sportage, Pontiac Vibe, Mercedes-Benz GLK, BMW X3, and others.
7. Cars for Students
The best cars for students in Nigeria are 4 cylinder compact sedan and hatchback cars because they are easy to maintain and drive.
Cars like the Toyota Yaris, Honda Civic, Ford Fiesta, Kia Picanto, Nissan Cube, and others are part of very good cars for students in Nigeria.
Students don't need much class. All they need is compact and cheap
8. Cars for Travellers
If you are into any occupation that requires you to drive long distances very frequently then the best cars for you are strictly sedans and hatchbacks. You should never think of SUVs or crossovers because of the ride comfort and terrible highway gas mileage.
A car that is easy to drive and maneuver is the top choice when it comes to cars for travelers
You need a car that is easy to drive and relaxing even after long distances. Cars like the Toyota Venza, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima are very good cars for frequent travelers.
9. Cars for Engineering and construction workers
If you are into engineering and construction, it is a given that you will be going to sites regularly. Pickup trucks and SUVs are the types of cars that suit you the most. It is very obvious but the reason is not just about carrying stuff in your car.
Boxy and rugged cars are your go-to if you are working in engineering and construction
Now that you know the best cars to buy according to the job you do, you should activate your functional car-buying habit and get on the better side of life.
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