5 top tips to buy a car safely during the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria

03/23/2020

Posted by: Joshua-Philip Okeafor

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Buying a car in Nigeria has never been as dangerous as it is now with the Coronavirus situation. But there's a safe way to do it still.

Despite the ongoing outbreak caused by COVID-19 worldwide, it’s not the end of the world and life goes on, right?

It’s true it seems very much like the end of planet earth as we know it, with hundreds of thousands infected and about 15,000,000 now dead according to WHO.  Also, the pandemic has seen stock markets plunging and businesses going down.

The global auto market has not escaped unscathed either as many automakers have and continue to shut down plants in Asia, the USA, and especially Europe.

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Many car plants overseas have shut down

Still, because life goes on, you might find yourself in the quandary of urgently needing to buy a car despite the outbreak. Firstly, if it’s not absolutely necessary, it might be advisable to hold off your car buying spree for a few weeks. By that time, the health situation in Nigeria and worldwide should be better.

However, if you absolutely cannot wait, then you can make that car purchase safer with these helpful tips:

1. Buy cars online in Nigeria during Coronavirus pandemic

Aha, this is where top auto sites like Naijauto’s cars for sale portal could save your life. Research and make your car purchase online. Find the best prices, dealers, and anything else you need from the comfort of your home. Then, when it is time, make the purchase by a bank transfer, or via debit card. Easy, right?

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This is the time to put your browsing skills to work and buy a car online

2. Check the car’s history

Especially if the car is a recent import from overseas, you need to make sure you know where your new car is coming from. This is so you can be especially vigilant if it’s coming from a high-risk territory. The smart thing could be not to buy a car from a high-risk area for the time being.

>>> Not just foreign automakers are suffering COVID-19 downturn. Nigeria's industry is affected as well. See how: How Coronavirus threatens Nigeria's automotive industry 

3. Insist on home delivery

That’s right; ask the dealer or seller to deliver your car to you. This saves you a trip, but also significantly limits your exposure to infection by going to the dealer’s location. Provide a Google-Map aided address and they will locate you like a breeze.

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You should have your car delivered to you

4. Test Drive a sanitary car

Okay, even though you have bought your car online and it has been delivered right to your doorstep, you still have to check if the car works, right? That means actually getting in and test driving it. Before you do, insist that the car be made sanitary and properly disinfect the car. This means wiping down all plastic, metal, leather, fabric, and steel surfaces of the car with a disinfectant. 

If the seller does not agree to do this, volunteer to do it yourself. If you don’t have a disinfectant at home, a simple solution of bleach and water will do. Mix ½ a cup of bleach to 2¼ cups of water. Be careful you don’t soak the fabric seats. Just brush lightly with a towel soaked in the solution.

This video looks at how Coronavirus affects the world auto market:

Video: HOW WILL CORONAVIRUS AFFECT THE CAR MARKET?!?

5. Buy cheap cars during Coronavirus pandemic

It’s sad that businesses are losing money. This could work in your favor though. Since car sales have been falling steadily following the Coronavirus outbreak, dealers are near desperate to make a sale. You could be getting that car far cheaper than you would have a month ago in Nigeria.

Do your research, of course; you may see discounted prices that will give you an idea of how low your dealer will be willing to go.

>>> Get the latest car safety tips here on naijauto.com

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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