The ownership of a car, aside from the responsibility and obligations that go with driving it, brings a sense of fulfillment and pride to its owner.
The trend in the 70s and 80s in Nigeria was the purchase of new cars, a good number of which were assembled in Nigeria. The cost of cars was affordable and people with decent incomes could afford to own a taxi cab.
However, from the 90s to this present day, topsy-turvy revenue generation from crude oil sales, a shrinking economy, and other unfavorable economic indices have ensured that the real purchasing power of the average Nigerian has plummeted over the years.
Such that brand new vehicles are expensive, putting them beyond the reach of many.
However, fairly used cars, otherwise known as Tokunbo vehicles, have been the resort for many, seeking to drive a vehicle. They are imported and usually have been driven for a few years abroad before they are shipped down to Nigeria.
CURRENT PRICE LIST OF TOKUNBO CARS FOR SALE IN BERGER LAGOS, NIGERIA
The following tips can be followed before deciding to buy a Tokunbo car online from Nairaland Auto Section, Jiji, Olx, Cheki, or at Berger Lagos:
Perform an Engine Check
A prospective buyer should do an oil check. The presence of coolant and other contaminants in the oil may indicate more serious problems in the engine; especially problems that will rear their heads after purchase.
An extremely low-level oil is not right and is indicative that the car was not properly maintained, while black runny oil shows that the engine has been working optimally but needs an oil change.
One could also go along with an experienced motor mechanic, who would tell if major but concealed repairs have been carried out on the engine.
Check out the interior and exterior
The interior design of a car is subject to the taste of the buyer but be on the lookout for upholstery, seat covers, and headrests that might require expensive repair or replacement.
For the exterior, an experienced panel beater should be able to spot major body works, that have been masked, which should affect the pricing of the tokunbo car.
Suspension and Test Drive
The corners of the car should be depressed, to observe how the car returns to its normal position. If it comes to rest quickly and quietly, without bouncing, then the suspension system is in good condition.
The car should also be taken on a test drive, to hear any unsettling noises.
Also, the car should be made to take sharp turns at low speeds, to ascertain any strains/wear in the drivetrains, CV joints, and wheel bearings.
A major market for the sale of tokunbo cars in Lagos is the Car sales park, located at Berger, Lagos. There a litany of smaller car sales parks scattered across the metropolis, while tokunbo cars are increasingly being bought and sold on online platforms such as Carmudi, Car Checki, etc.
The following are prices (average) for Tokunbo cars in Lagos, depending on factors such as the model of the car and the year of production, mileage, the availability of spare parts, frequency of demand, durability and strength of the car, manual/automatic transmission systems, interior and exterior designs, air-conditioning amongst other considerations:
PRICE OF TOKUNBO CARS WORKING PERFECTLY, ABA, ENUGU, IMO, IBADAN, PORT HARCOURT, ABUJA, RIVERS, KANO, KADUNA, JOS, OSUN, OGUN, OYO, IDIROKO, SEME BORDER AND OTHER PARTS IN NIGERIA + AFFORDABLE COTONOU BENIN REPUBLIC PRICE FOR LEATHER, REVERSE CAMERA, LOW MILEAGE, AUTO, AND MANUAL TRANSMISSION GEAR, FABRIC SEAT, V4, V6, V8 SALOON WITH ALLOY RIM, SUV WITH FOG LIGHT, FACTORY FITTED AC, A/C, SPOILER AND GOOD SOUND SYSTEM, TRUCKS AND TRAILERS
Lexus IS 350 – N2.75 MILLION, 2008 Model, mileage of 74,000 kilometers, leather seats, automatic transmission.
Toyota Gaia: N8.9 million, 2014 model, mileage of 12,000 kilometers, automatic transmission, leather seats, keyless start.
Toyota Crown: N1.7 million, 2008 model, mileage 89,000 kilometers, automatic transmission, 6 plug engine.
Toyota Mark-X: N1.58 million,2009 model, mileage 62,000 kilometers, automatic transmission.
Hyundai IX35: N2.85 million, 2013 model, mileage 53,000 km, automatic transmission.
Honda HR-V: N3.45 million, 2012 model, mileage 60,000 km, automatic transmission, reverse camera, blue tooth DVD player, leather seats.
Toyota Camry 2013 XLE: N6.2 million, model 2013, mileage 15,000 km, automatic transmission, keyless entry and start, leather seats, reverse camera.
Acura MDX: N4.35 million, 2008 model, mileage 30,000 km, automatic transmission, reverse camera, leather seats.
Toyota Avalon: N3.3 million (negotiable), 2008 model, mileage 40,000 km, automatic transmission, leather seats, spin wheels.
Honda Accord: N2.3 million, 2008 model, mileage 48,000km, automatic/manual transmission, leather seats.
Mercedes Benz E350 4Matic: N11 million, 2013 model, automatic transmission, leather seats, reverse camera, V6 engine, front and rear sensors, adjustable power steering.
Land Rover LR3: N2.6 million, 2008 model, automatic transmission, leather seats, power mirrors, factory fitted CD player, factory fitted A/C., surround speakers, power
Infinity FX35: N2.75 million, 2006 model, 8 transmission engine, power mirror, factory fitted A/C, cruise control, reverse camera.
Toyota Sienna XLE LIMITED: N2.3 million, leather seats, factory fitted DVD player, double power door, alloy rims.
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