With the rising economy, getting a new car is expensive, so buying a used car becomes a great alternative. So, if you are thinking of buying a used car, you are not alone. Second-hand vehicles, also called “Tokunbo”, are cheap and also available in good condition. But you must know how to shop for one before you visit dealers. We have put together a checklist of the necessary things to consider before buying a used car in Nigeria.
1. Vehicle History
Has the vehicle been in an accident? Was it stolen? Do a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) check. It helps you gather all the necessary information that will help your decision to buy or not. With this, you can know the actual mileage of the vehicle. The average annual mileage for a car is not more than 12,000. Keep this in mind.
Considering your budget is the first step in every decision making, including buying a new car. Think about the additional spending on replacing tyres, batteries, and other essential parts of the vehicle. Compare prices and pick out what works for you. This will also influence your bargaining power. Research online and get the popular price of any brand or model you love.
3. Rust, Leaks, Paint Damage
Check the interior electronics and never overlook any signs of rust, leaks, or paint damage. You might notice localized rust patches. However, don’t ignore thorough and glaring rusts and patches. Never leave out this important factor before buying a used car.
4. Vehicle Frame
Make sure that the vehicle is parked on level ground. Walk around it to check if anything is hanging out from the undercarriage. Check the bumpers, trunk and hood. Look out for any signs of recent accidents or repair. Do not hesitate to ask questions.
5. Upholstery and Interior
Here is another essential thing to consider before buying a used car in Nigeria. Turn on the radio and blast your favourite music. Enjoy the flow and press other buttons on the dashboard including, the air-conditioning. Also, check the seat and interior fabric for stains, cracks, and other things that can be very expensive to repair.
6. Pre-Purchase Inspection
This covers all the stress you will go through trying to satisfy every vehicle purchase checklist, even for new cars. Get a professional to help you check deeper and fish out underlying issues that may not be visible to you. This is not a ‘maybe’ item on the list. You need a trained mechanic to uncover difficulties. This is not free but very affordable with Mecho Autotech Ltd.
Do not be too much in a hurry and dwell on surface looks. If possible, try to find out why the owner wants it sold. A common reason most used cars are sold is that they are beginning to develop some major faults. So, it is not wrong to demand the reasons for resale.
Save yourself all this stress and reach out to us for an affordable Pre-Purchase Inspection before buying a used car anywhere in Nigeria.