In a country like Nigeria, buying a used vehicle instead of a brand new one is like a tradition not because we don’t like it new but because an average Nigerian can’t afford to spend much in buying new vehicles except politicians and other successful businessmen.
Buying a new vehicle is not as cheap as when buying a used one that is why many prefer to go for the used one that can easily be afforded but then there are few important things I think you should know while searching for your dream car.
Manly Nigerians always import used cars from USA, UK, ITALY, GERMANY/ JAPAN either clean and running vehicles or damaged ones that can be fixed later.
Recently I was researching a lot about the car importation and my questions then were “how much does it cost to buy a vehicle from abroad, the cost, shipment, and clearance fees though I discussed more about that on this post how much does it Cost to Ship a Car to Nigeria from USA. which helps you know more about importing a car from the USA.
Things you must consider before importing a used vehicles
1. Total cost price of the vehicle
- The total cost of the vehicle while abroad = $5000
- Shipment and other documentation fees = S2500
- Clearance from the seaport = #800,000
2. Model and Year of Production
If someone who buys a Toyota Camry 2004 model used between #300,000 -#500,000 to clear it from Apapa seaport then when you buy Toyota Camry 2016 model you might use between #800,000 – #2 million to clear it and that’s how it works.
3. Properly check the vehicle VIN number
Where can I find my car’s VIN number?
Well finding your vehicle VIN number is not a problem at all and one of the easiest way to discover the VIN is by standing outside the vehicle on the driver’s side and look at the corner of the dashboard where it meets the windshield
Importance of VIN
VIN helps you to find all the information about the vehicle you wish to buy, you need the vehicle identification number to see the real name of the vehicle, year of production, model and other related information but the most import thing about VIN is that it can help you find out if the vehicle has been stolen from someone or whether it has a series of accidents in the past etc.
4. Maintenance and Spare Parts Availability
You should go for a good vehicle that might cost more to buy than the one that costs less because you can only buy a car once but maintenance is a regular process and a measure necessary to keep your vehicle in good condition for best services and performance.