How a 275$ salvaged Toyota Corolla became neat and sold for N2.2m in Nigeria

08/18/2018

Posted by: Hassana Obi

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The Toyota Corolla 2006 deal turned out this was truly a fraud.

Browsing Nairaland Forum, I stopped by a post of a man narrating a bitter story of his boss who acquired a salvaged Toyota Corolla for sale.

For more than a year, his old boss had been saving to afford a Toyota Corolla 2008 for its high fuel efficiency. Until recently, when he couldn’t wait anymore to have a 2008 model which he was not able to afford yet, he went for a Toyota Corolla 2006 instead.

The Toyota Corolla 2006 from a long distance

The grill, headlights, and the bumper didn't look in line

the Toyota Corolla 2006 from a frontal angle

The Toyota Corolla 2006 deal turned out this was truly a fraud

As the man drove his car to the office and informed its price tag was N2.2m, the thread owner's eyes roamed over the car. Then, the front fascia caught his attention. It seemed the grill, headlights, and the bumper didn't look in line.

To make a surefire statement over if his boss got tricked, the man takes a photo of the VIN and asks for help in investigating the history of the car. The forum's members quickly got the information for him.

Post on Cosply asking if the Toyota Corolla 2006 purchase was a fraud

The findings read:

  • Last bid - $275 
  • Trucking/Towing to nearest port - $200
  • Additional fee - $1,000
  • Clearing - ₦500, 000
  • Shipping roro - $1,200

The bid history of the Toyota Corolla 2006

The bid history of the Toyota Corolla 2006

Another forum member even found photos of the Corolla in its original, ragged condition, which kind of shocked the thread commenters.

At the end of the post, the man asked if he should tell his boss about it. What is your advice for him? I personally don’t applaud the idea since it may appall the poor man, but it is guilty not to let him know.

Photos of the Corolla in its original, ragged condition

The rear and inside of the Toyota Corolla 2006 before repair

The rear and inside of the Toyota Corolla 2006 before repair

With this post, we, at Naijauto.com, one more time remind car purchasers to get an extra caution when buying used cars.

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Hassana Obi is an automobile writer and editor at Naijauto.com. She prides herself on hundreds of informative and entertaining articles on Nigerian traffic regulations, car prices and celebrity car collections. When Hassana is not writing, she is a teacher and philanthropist.

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