Have you ever wondered where all these insanely expensive super and exotic cars that you see once in a while on Nigerian roads get serviced/repaired? A friend once ignorantly said that he doesn't expect a ₦120,000,000 Lamborghini to need repairs and servicing in about 10 years of being used. It is a car for crying out loud! It also needs routine servicing and maintenance.
Supercars are high-performance sports cars while exotic cars are just cars that are very luxurious, expensive and special in every way (most supercars are also exotics). I am talking about cars like the Bentley Flying Spur, Ferrari 458, Lamborghini Aventador, Rolls-Royce Phantom, McLaren MP4-C, Bugatti Veyrons and the other supercars that are more expensive than jets.
Most Nigerian owners of super and exotic cars occasionally drive them not just because of bad road conditions; these cars are costly to maintain, so owners just try and prevent repairs at all costs. If you get gifted a supercar, please think twice before you accept it. Supercars are getting faster every day. There are even supercars that go faster than F1 cars, can you imagine?
Heart wrenching moments Timaya smashed his Bentley and the Porsche and Flying Spur
A Bugatti Veyron, for example, needs to have its set of tires replaced every 2,500 miles and it costs ₦15,000,000 for a set. I dare anyone to daily drive this car and spend that amount on just tires every month.
When I was interning at an automobile workshop in Ikoyi 5 years ago, we had a customer that spent ₦600,000 on replacing his Porsche 911 Turbo S rear tyres anytime he took it on a 'once in a while weekend cruise'. A Mercedes Sprinter used to bring the tyres so yeah, he was a wealthy man that could afford it.
When to service supercars and exotic cars?
Supercars like Lamborghinis and Ferraris need to have an oil change servicing every 9,000 miles while high-end luxury cars like Bentley and Rolls-Royce need the same oil change service every 6000 - 7000 miles.
The good thing about these cars is that it has an active system that monitors the oil and it indicates to the car owner when an oil change is required. Anybody driving a 100 million naira car would be so sorry later if he/she dares to ignore the routine maintenance of this car.
The process of servicing is the same but it is just a better means
You won't see these cars travelling interstate or going on a long trip. Owners just drive it to occasions and for joyrides with convoys. Nigerian celebrities with exotics also just make appearances with these cars because it is part of the show biz.
How much does the service cost?
For supercars like Lamborghinis and Ferraris, you need a high-performance engine oil like synthetic oils with SAE 5W-40 and this would cost between ₦20,000 - ₦40,000 for one quartz.
You need between 3 and 4 quartz depending on the size of the engine. High-end luxury cars like Bentley and Rolls-Royce on the other hand mostly make use of full synthetic high mileage SAE 5W-30 engine oil that costs between ₦20,000 and ₦40,000 for 5 quartz. The Rolls-Royce Phantom V12 engine needs about 8 quartz.
You should be wealthy if you drive an exotic car or else...
All these costs are exclusive of labour costs by the automobile workshop servicing the car. The service change would be a minimum of ₦20,000 while the maximum cannot be correctly estimated but it shouldn't be more than ₦100,000 naira everything being equal.
Where to service Supercars and Exotic cars in Nigeria?
There are a few accredited dealerships for exotic cars in Nigeria. We have Coscharis for example that is accredited to service Rolls-Royce, BMW, Land Rover and Land Rover Jaguar exotic cars in Nigeria.
This is how a standard exotic car workshop should look like
Other automobile workshops that deal with exotic cars are the standard ones with a high level of sophistication.
A few years ago, you could still see Rolls-Royce cars being serviced at roadside mechanic workshops with little or no modern equipment and it becomes an eyesore. Experience doesn't cut it with exotic cars, with the wrong approach the car can be ruined and costs a lot of money to repair.
Where to get supercars and exotic car parts in Nigeria?
Only the accredited dealerships stock a few commonly used parts while every other part will have to be purchased from dealerships online and shipped down to Nigeria.
This is a LEXUS LFA in Nigeria if any part spoils it must be ordered directly from Lexus
It is always a custom order approach when Nigerian exotic and supercar owners need to replace any part on their cars. It is not advisable for any parts dealer to stock it.
If you own an exotic car or a supercar in Nigeria, check out the maintenance schedule that the manufacturer recommends and follow it strictly. Also, have it at the back of your mind that you shouldn't be daily driving the car because Nigerian road conditions are not favorable for this kind of car. You bought this car, you should be wealthy enough to maintain it if any repair comes up but less driving would reduce your costs of owning this car.
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