Sometimes when we want to buy a car we go for a used Nigerian car maybe because we don’t have the financial capabilities to fund a Tokumbo car or a brand new car or maybe due to some other personal reasons. A friend could refer you to the seller or you could source for one in online marketplaces. Here are some tips to avoid being defrauded while buying a car.
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IT’S TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE
It’s normal to save money while buying any item thus we go for the one with the quality we need at the cheapest possible rate. However, sometimes we find ourselves in a situation where the price is too cheap to be true. For instance if a car is placed at N200,000 whereas you know the car won’t sell for anything less than N1 million its better you forfeit the car and look for another seller.
THE SELLERS IDENTITY
Before paying for any car it’s important you know the identity of the seller. It’s best if you call him on phone, engage in a long discussion with him and ask him questions only the owner of the vehicle can answer. The owner can answer your call as long as you want and can offer any answer to any question asked.
AVOID ADVANCED PAYMENT
A car seller will hardly tell you to pay in advance before you can have access to checking out the car you intend to buy. So if the seller tells you to pay in advance, run because you are at the verge of either loosing your money or buying a depreciated car.
MEET THE SELLER
No matter how busy you are, make out time to meet the seller to discuss the business associated with the car. Even if you have already locked on a price. Meeting your seller helps you monitor his expressions and body language. It could also help you know when something is off about your seller.
INSPECT THE CAR
No matter how new the car might look from the outside its important you inspect what you are buying. Go for a test drive. This will help you detect faults in the engine or those parts of the vehicle you cannot see.