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Friday, August 9, 2013

Second Hand Cars For Sale in Abuja: How to find great Used Cars to buy

If you’re to buy a second hand car in Abuja, chances are that you’ll spend more than you should at least when we consider that you’ll likely pay less in other Nigerian cities and there are many reasons for this but we’ll focus on these few ones;

Rent in Abuja is expensive

According to one survey done by the world bank, Abuja is one of the most difficult places to do business in Nigeria. This has been found among other things to be due to high cost of renting space to do business as land is very expensive in Abuja. Imagine a car dealer who has to purchase cars from Lagos, transporting those cars, registering them and still having to rent space to display his cars for sale on expensive plots naturally he’ll want to make a profit and that can only come when he passes the cost to you the end user hence why cars in Abuja cost more than other places in Nigeria.

Strict Environmental Laws in Abuja

Because the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) has been very active of late strictly enforcing environmental laws in the metropolis not many people are willing to test the might of the enforcement arm of the FCDA. Better to play by the rules than pay heavily through your nose so car dealers don’t just display their cars anywhere, they have to choose select locations which may not come cheap.

High cost of moving these cars to Abuja

Most cars from either Cotonou – which is where most of these cars for sale are gotten from involves a lot of stress and costs. Talk about clearing it, documenting it, then finally moving it to Abuja all these things don’t come cheap. So if a car sells for N600,000 in Lagos chances are it may sell for up to N700,000 or more in Abuja.

Abuja People are Perceived to be richer

Many car dealers believe that Abuja is a place where plenty of money moves round so it doesn’t matter if you’re a civil servant once you make a move to purchase a car the car dealer considers you to be fair game. Play smart too or else you’ll pay more than you should.

Tips on how to find good cars to buy in Abuja

So now you’re ready to purchase a second hand car in Abuja and you’re wondering how to go about it, let’s help you out a bit with the little we know.

What do you want in a car?

This is a very important question you should ask yourself before you venture out to buy a car. Do you want a car that consumes less fuel, has affordable spare parts, easy to maintain and still has ample space? Then you may want to try Toyota space wagons or Nissan Primera as they cost less and are easier to maintain. But obviously every man has different needs so answer this question first.

Why do you want the car?

Do you want it to be a family car for social occasions and taking the kids to school, church etc or you just want a simple car to move about with for work or perhaps you wish to run a taxi service on a part time basis – some car owners do this – the choice is yours. Know why you want to use the car. Personally I’d say buying a car for showing off or oppressing others is a waste of time.

What is your budget?

Do not attempt to buy what you can’t afford to maintain nor do what many penny wise pound foolish people would do which is to see price as yard stick over actual value of the car. Don’t buy a car because it’s cheap, the car may have some hidden faults you don’t know about which may cost you a lot to fix later. So go for grade A cars and know the average market price before fixing your budget. N600,000 is a good start for a quality second hand car in Abuja.

Consider your options

When searching for that Abuja car to puchase consider your options in terms of who has what you want. For instance car mechanics often times know who has a car he wants to dispose of so you may want to start with them but be careful so they don’t rip you off. Also the internet is a great place to search for cars and some popular websites include Nairaland, olx and cheki NG to name a few. You can find great car deals from these websites. Also some known road side car dealers may have cars at bargain prices but these are on rare occasions. So try out all your options before making your move.

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  5. Be careful because of 419 websites car sales e.g OLX and so on when you call, there will ask you to pay some amount of money b4 seeing the car. BE WARNED.

  6. You have shed good light on the topic, but nothing out of the ordinary people know about. To add to your post, Nigerian registered cars in Abuja are in better condition than Lagos because of better roads, less traffic, shorter distances and people go broke easily in Abuja. This are some of the norms in Abuja I expect you to provide information on.


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