The Ultimate Checklist for Buying a Used Car in Nigeria

Having a reliable vehicle is crucial, and when you’re looking for good, used cars for sale, very few things are more important than choosing the right one for your needs.

Picking the right Tokunbo means you’ll have trouble-free transportation for many years, but all too often, people have made the mistake of buying a car, only to discover, too late, that their “dream car” has turned into a nightmare. Sometimes this happens because the vehicle isn’t practical for the owner’s lifestyle, but more often than not, they new owner didn’t do adequate research prior to purchasing the car or truck.

If you’re in the market for a used car, then here’s a checklist of things to consider prior to bidding on your new vehicle.

What is your budget?

How much do you have to spend? Your budget is one of the first considerations you should factor in prior to purchasing your next car. Will you be buying the vehicle outright, or will you be putting a percentage down and financing the rest over a period of time?

You’ll also need to factor in the costs of regular maintenance and fuel, as well as valve, hose, and tire replacements. And don’t forget to set aside money for emergency repairs to keep your vehicle running well.

Research the right Tokunbo

Make a list of everything you’ll need your vehicle to do. How many people will be riding in it? Do you need to haul a trailer or go off-road? What about fuel? What kind of mileage do you need it to get? Then, make a list of what you want.

What colors do you envision for your vehicle? What kind of body, luxury items, and other add-ons do you want? Highlight the “must-have” items so you’ll be able to make wise buying decisions.

Consider your sources

Are you just looking for a local dealership, or are you flexible and would consider purchasing cars for sale in Nigeria from an online auction? If you’re willing to purchase from an online auction, you’ll have a larger variety of vehicles to choose from at excellent prices, and you can more easily track down the exact vehicle you’re looking for.

Get outside advice

Consult a friend of family member who knows about cars. If you’re not car savvy, find a friend or family member who is and ask their opinion. Often, they can spot potential problems that you weren’t able to see on your own.

If you’re not quite sure about the vehicle, then prior to purchasing, take the car to a mechanic to have it checked. If the seller objects to a vehicle inspection, then no doubt there’s something wrong.

Check the specifications

Check the reputation of the make/model. Search online for reports about the vehicle that you’re considering. Have there been recalls or articles about the type of vehicle and, if so, what are the news reports saying about them? Remember that no matter how inexpensive or what a good deal it appears to be, your safety is an important factor when purchasing a used vehicle. 

Purchase from a reputable company

If you’re open to purchasing your Tokunbo online or from an auction, then double-check that the company has an outstanding reputation for customer service and good vehicles. You should also compare the prices of the vehicles that are being imported against the prices of vehicles for sale nearby. 

Take your time

Unless you are in desperate need of a car, take your time when shopping. Compare prices and make a wise buying decision.