Given the high exchange rate, buying a Nigerian used car is a smart solution to save the costs of buying a car. However, this also promises a lot of challenges, risks and traps as many of them are put up for sale because their owner could no longer afford the repair costs.
Below are some of the checks and question you need to conduct when buying a Nigerian used car.
1. Do a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) check
This check will help you to verify how good the car is like it was damaged or salvaged or not. The VIN also discloses the true mileage of the car. This is very helpful for you in avoiding being fooled in some cases like buying a car that gets 75,000 miles on the odometer but the real mileage in the VIN is 250,000 miles.
2. How long it has been used in Nigeria and how many owners before
The longer the using time is, the higher the wear and possibilities of malfunction become. You will also be tired of having a car had some previous owners because the reason for sale may lie in some inherent problems.
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3. Reasons for sale
This is also a must-asked issue as buying a used car. Normally, sellers will say that it is because of owner's relocation or vehicle upgrade. But you should look at the way they respond, your eyes and behaviors to consider that they are lying or not, ask for evidence if necessary.
4. What problems with the car that the current owner is experiencing
This also needs to be clear because some cars are sold due to mechanical and electrical problems. You also should ask for the major repair works that have been done on the car such as overhaul or change of engine, gearbox changes, etc.
You also should ask for the major repair works that have been done on the car
5. Check the car body and its parts
A thorough check of the bonnet, body, boot and interior cabin is very necessary. This will help you ensure that all components of the car are sufficient and in good condition and find out whether any part is loosened or unworkable or not.
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6. Engine performance and idling
Let the car run for several minutes on idle without pressing anything and look at the engine's performance to check its stability. Then turn on the AC system and press slightly on the throttle and repeat this step to conclude about the engine performance.
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7. Take a test drive
Do a test drive with the car on both a rough road and the highway to check its suspension, ride smoothness and handling capacity.
Do a test drive with the car on both a rough road and the highway
8. Check the axles if the vehicle is equipped with Front Wheel Drive
As accelerating, make a right and a left U-Turn to inspect the axles.
9. Verify current document and ownership
Compare the vehicle documentation and the current owner’s valid ID card, you can know whether he or she is the actual owner of the car or not. You can also check the vehicle documentation given to you at the licensing office to make sure their genuineness.
10. Check other papers
It is also necessary to check the customized paperwork to ensure that the due process was implemented in clearing the vehicle through customs. This will help you avoid purchasing a smuggled car.
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It is also necessary to check the customized paperwork
Finding a consultation from an expert if necessary and make sure you come with a reliable mechanic for the test because some will conspire with the salesman for a fee. If this happens, his advice will be biased and he will also get some benefit when speaking of repairing. So it is better to come with a reliable professional.
12. The mechanic of the seller
It is not a bad idea to contact the mechanic of the seller to ask more details about the car before and after buying. The more questions you ask, the easier for you to discover contradictions between what they say.