How to buy the best used Toyota RAV4

By Kennedy Ilediagu
Publish on May 16, 2019

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The RAV4 is a fuel economy vehicle. It also has adaptability features that let's it run fine on Nigerian roads. Therefore if you decide to purchase a used Toyota RAV4, here are some important tips to help guide you.

The Toyota RAV4 has made a name for itself as one of the best selling compact SUVs of all time. When it was first launched in the 90's, it met the expectations of enthusiasts and critics alike. That's why till date, you can buy used Toyota RAV4 at some of the lowest prices you can imagine. The RAV4 is a fuel economy vehicle. It also has adaptability features that let it run fine on Nigerian roads. Therefore if you decide to purchase a used Toyota RAV4, here are some important tips to help guide you.

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Buying a used Toyota Rav4 is a great decision as you would enjoy every benefit an SUV offers

1. Consider buying the used Toyota RAV4 of the 3rd to recent generation

Every car has a generation within which it was made. If you intend to buy used Toyota RAV4, it's wise that you mainly consider the third and fourth generation of the model. The third generation are those made between 2006 and 2012. They come with third row seats and can take as much as 7 people, including the driver - 8. In Nigeria, this means the car can actually take 10 people including the driver.

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It's a pretty comfortable automobile with back seat DVD infotainment system, adaptive automatic climate control installations and many other amazing features. In fact, the entune smartphone integration and touchscreen display was installed in the 2012 version. Now if you go to buy used Toyota RAV4, be on the look out for these features.

You won't want to be sitting in a car that should have airbag installed in the front and mid seats, but has been removed or doesn't work. Also keep in mind that the third generation RAV4 gives you an option of choosing between two engines. So go with a mechanic who understands how these things work, so you don't go home with the wrong unit.

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The fourth generation RAV4 on the other hand are those made from 2013 - 2018. If you want a sporty yet comfy and compact SUV, consider this version. It's so convenient that cold weather has nothing on you when you're seated in the heated front seats. This generation of RAV4 also have all the installations and features you will normally find in the preceding generation. From the savvy touchscreen and entune smartphone integration to navigation, you would be driving safe and sound. However, if you walk in to a dealership to buy used Toyota RAV4 from the most recent generation, look out for features like - forward collision assistant, automatic braking system, rear view camera and more. If these things don't work, then you either get a major discount or the seller can fix it and you come back to buy.

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2. Carry out your own research and cross check with the vehicle

We have given you a list of things to expect when you go to buy used Toyota RAV4, but you can also do your own research to find out more. Find out how the lights on the dashboard work and check if they actually work. The fourth generation for instance, doesn't have the mid row seats. So if you are it in the third generation and not the recent ones, don't be taken aback. So if one has a 5-speed transmission and the other doesn't or has a V6 engine while the other is still on the old gas engine, your research will help you with a decision as well.

Lastly, it's always important that you go with someone who has an eye for automobiles - especially mechanics. There are definitely things you won't easily notice even if you test drive the vehicle, that a Toyota mechanic will see without even turning on the ignition. These tips will definitely help you buy used Toyota RAV4 with little or no hassle. Also ensure that the version you eventually settle for meets most of your needs

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Kennedy Ilediagu

Kennedy Ilediagu is an experienced wordsmith and a creative automotive writer for Naijauto.com. His forte ranges from vehicle maintenance and latest industry updates, to car review articles. He is also a brand management and content creation expert who has worked with Daily Posts (United Kingdom), ESUT Egg Day magazine, and many others for years. Digital copies written by him inform, educate and engage readers globally. When Kennedy is not writing, he is busy taking care of animals, traveling or watching football.

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