Buying your first used car? See the 7 best choices in Nigeria


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Now you are ready to buy your first used car in Nigeria, but wait! There are many ways to go wrong. Make the right choice with the right information in this guide.

Not everyone can afford a brand new car when purchasing their first car. In Nigeria, many start off by purchasing a foreign used or tokunbo car or a Nigerian used car for a start, then much later in life when they can afford it, a brand new one. Buying a used vehicle as your first car does not pose any great difficulty, but its best to follow the proper guide to purchase the right one in order not to have regrets in future. In the matter of brand, of course options abound, differentiated by many factors. Not to worry, has come to the rescue. Here are smart choices for cheap and durable cars for your first used car purchase.

1. Toyota Camry (2005 - 2014)

The Toyota Camry is probably the most popular model in Nigeria. It is impossible to hear of a car dealer that doesn't have this brand of car on their car lot. Getting the right one is not difficult, depending on the model of your choice. When you find one that matches your taste, just get a mechanic to test the engine. Factors that make this ideal are:

  • Fuel economy
  • Cheap available parts
  • Great design with roomy interior

 The price of a used Toyota Camry, depending on the year/model and general conditions, can go from ₦1.6m to ₦5 million.


Toyota Camry is always No.1 choice you should think of

2. Mercedes Benz C/M/GLK-class (2005 - 2010)

Over the years, this brand of car has become a must-own by many Nigerian families. If you are on a low to mid budget then this might be the right choice for you. Some models are expensive but the older models will run perfectly well even with a cheap price. Factors that make this ideal are:

  • A very rugged, safe and solid car
  • The Benz brand

You can find cheap models of either class between ₦650,000 and ₦8 million.


Albeit classified as luxury class, many used Benz models are affordable

>>> Check detailed price list of Mercedes-Benz in Nigeria here: Get excited with comprehensive lists of Mercedes Benz prices in Nigeria!

3. Toyota Sienna (2000 - 2012)

Having a large family does not stop you from owning a car. If you have a large family then this car will be a great choice. The Toyota Sienna can contain as many as 8 people in three rows. Another remarkable value is that it comes with good fuel efficiency which is a great advantage for Nigerians. Factors that should sway you:

  • Great fuel economy
  • Takes a lot of people and cargo

You can find a good used Toyota Sienna that costs about ₦600,000 and ₦7 million.


Toyota Sienna is an ideal car for family trips

4. Toyota Corolla (2000 - 2014)

Similar to the Toyota Camry in features and popularity, the Toyota Corolla is another good model from Toyota that Nigerians can afford as their first used car. This car is regarded as the bestselling car all over the world since 1974 and it's not surprising that it is so popular on Nigerian roads. Factors to make you go for this:

  • Fuel economy
  • Cheap and available parts

If you love this brand of mobile, luckily you can find a tokunbo or Nigerian used version of different models at the affordable price range of ₦700,000 to ₦6 million.


Though cheaper than Camry, Toyota Corolla is no less reliabe

>>> If you're wondering between Camry and Corolla, check this: [Expert Car Comparison] Camry vs Corolla, which used car should you buy?

5. Honda Accord (2000 - 2014)

According to some car lovers, the Honda Accord may not be highly requested because it is claimed to habitually lose its ball joint and suspension while in motion. This however could be as a result of individual management of vehicles. Nevertheless, the Honda Accord is another good car you can purchase a used version of because of its affordability and style. Sometimes it is compared with Toyota brands. If you intend to purchase this car, speak to your car technician and also inspect it before purchase. Factors to make you buy this include:

  • Ladies love this brand, so buy for you wife or sister
  • Available and fairly cheap parts
  • Reasonably fuel efficient

Price varies depending on models but can range from ₦550,000 to ₦6 million.


Honda Accord was especially favoured by ladies

>>> Not all Accord is preferred but Discussion Continues is always top choice: Honda Accord: Discussion Continues prices in Nigeria

6. Toyota RAV4 (2005 - 2012)

Yet another good product from the Toyota company. If you want to own an SUV then consider the Toyota RAV4 which means Recreational Activity Vehicle 4-wheel. The plus for this vehicle is that it is fuel efficient, which of course is what many drivers look out for in cars. Factors to convince you:

  • Cheap, great, dependable SUV
  • Fuel economy
  • Great status booster
  • Solid design
  • Fairly cheap parts that are very available
  • Rugged handling

You can get a good used Toyota RAV4 which is in a good condition for price ranging between ₦1.5 million to ₦6 million.


This rugged vehicle can handle rough terrains throughout Nigeria

7. Land Rover Range Rover (2005-2015)

Whoa, you say. What is this doing here? Okay, we are adding this to our list for users who might want to go for something bigger. From its manufacturing history and also its history in Nigeria, this sport utility vehicle (SUV) has earned points for being a status symbol of luxury and respect. One of the many advantages of this vehicle is that it can run well on roads filled with potholes and mud, as this is one of the many problems drivers experience on Nigerian roads. Why you should buy:

  • Status symbol
  • Rugged and durable
  • Very high tech

This five seat vehicle’s price can go as high as ₦2 million and ₦25 million depending on the models, which could be Range Rover, Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Sport or Range Rover Vogue.


The Range Rover is totally worth your money if you can afford

Note: Before you pay for any used car in Nigeria, get a mechanic to thoroughly inspect the car. It is advisable to get your personal motor technician instead of depend on your car dealer’s mechanic.

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Joshua-Philip Okeafor
Joshua-Philip Okeafor

Joshua-Philip Okeafor

Car buying & selling

Joshua, or KK as friends call him, is a Filmmaker, Writer and Director. A Christian, Joshua is a product of Nigeria’s foremost film school, the National Film Institute, Jos, where he majored in Writing/Directing. Joshua began his writing career at age 18 when an older brother gave him a four page outline of a children novel. Joshua intends to keep writing and directing. His screen name is sometimes Joshua Kalu Ephraim (Writing), and sometimes Joshua KK (directing).

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