How to Buy A Used Car In Nigeria

With the increase of the naira against the dollar, buying a brand new car in Nigeria can be really expensive. People now resort to buy used cars a.k.a tokunbo cars. Although these used cars in Nigeria are cheaper than brand new cars, they still pose a great disadvantage to the buyer of such cheap cars.

One of such disadvantage of buying a fairly used car in Nigeria is that, it might have been stolen. And since not all are car experts, we recommend that you surf the internet on the characteristics of such cars, the model, mileage, durability of the car.

You might as well want to take a friend or a mechanic along with you so as to help access the used vehicle. Also request for the documents of such vehicle, and verify it before you purchase the car.


To buy a used car in Nigeria, below are things to check

  1. Check the Vehicle Identification Number to know the history of the vehicle and whether it is a stolen vehicle.
  2. Ask the seller permission to test run the vehicle at least for two days before you make payment.
  3. Make sure the papers of the vehicle are all original, intact and complete. Verify such documents before you transact.
  4. Ask the seller his or her reasons for selling the car.
  5. A thorough inspection of the used vehicle, the bonnet, engine, fender, bumper, tyres, paint and scratches on the vehicle. This is to ensure that the vehicle is in perfect condition before it is purchased.
  6. When inspecting the engine and fuel tank, check underneath the vehicle for leakages.
  7. We suggest the use of cheque rather than cash in making payment. If cheque is not available, you can wire the money through electronic transfer.
  8. Transact such dealings in a public open place with one or two witnesses present.

If all these requirements are not met, do not buy the used car as it might backfire later in the future. Contact a car dealer and make enquiries about the used car before you purchase it.


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  1. i came across a site called you can also check the latest stolen vehicles on this site and check before buying

  2. Hi,

    The rate citizens are buying used car this day is indeterminate and surprising. Not because of the economic melt down but mostly because to be able to save more money. Would take note of each of these steps if perhaps I will buy one in life.

  3. I’m considering buying a used Nigerian car. I want Ford Escape, there are a lot of models online for example here: . But i’m new in car buying and need some advices. What are the most important things i need to know about a car and check in it? Thanks for useful advices

    1. Its best you take along a trusted car dealer or a mechanic so as they would check the necessary things in the car before you purchase it

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