5 WAYS NOT TO BUY A JUNK OR CRAPPY NIGERIAN USED VEHICLE - MechoMedics

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

5 WAYS NOT TO BUY A JUNK OR CRAPPY NIGERIAN USED VEHICLE

5 WAYS NOT TO BUY A JUNK OR CRAPPY NIGERIAN USED VEHICLE

 

N.B. You can download the PDF version of this article by clicking on the Dropbox link


Good day Readers and welcome to this helpful Tip on Steps to consider before buying a Second-Hand or Nigerian Used Vehicle (this principle will also prove useful when picking up a ‘Tokunbo’ Vehicle from your dealership. This article is inspired by the unimaginable heartbreak that people who has fallen into the purchase of ‘Dead-Used-Cars’ go through; expectations are that you should experience rest after purchasing a Vehicle that should lessen your burden of ‘Jumping Buses’ and even fighting/arguing with annoying Vehicle ‘Conductors’, but you are now among the list of helpless Vehicle users who have their Vehicle broken down on Third Mainland Bridge or among those who have turned the Mechanic’s Workshop to their second home. What a Pirrrrrrrriiiiiii (Pity).

We have successfully helped our clients in evading purchase of ‘Dead’ Cars from Lagos and even other places around Nigeria i.e. Jalingo, Kwara, Sokoto, Ibadan e.t.c. Our Drive has simply been, Customer Satisfaction; hence we put in our best in: Surfing the Net for Good Cars and Trustworthy Dealers; Verification of Genuine Vehicle Papers; Verification of Vehicle Usage/Repairs/Accident History; Negotiation for Cheaper Purchase Cost; After-Purchase Pimp and Fix of necessary things and Safe Delivery to Buyers. The following 5 steps are from experience and will prove useful in your next vehicle purchase:

  1. Discuss with an experienced  Vehicle Pre-Purchase Inspector: Let him know your estimate for the Purchase (This estimate must cover for the Purchase, Registration and Vehicle Papers, Fixing of minor faults (for one will surely exist) alongside servicing and an extra cash for a 3 month Vehicle Maintenance/Upkeep (in case of emergency issues));   Your intended purpose of use i.e. Taxi, Uber, Office, Logistic/interstate transport, family (Number and Size) e.t.c.; Frequently plied Route (Suburbs, Rough Road, Interlocked roads); Taste of Vehicle Maker and Brand and his/her experience  with them i.e. Toyota (V6 fuel consumption), Honda Accord (Pulling shaft & Wheel), Nissan (Electrical faults), Mercedes (Expensive Spare parts), Ford (Scarce OEM replacement parts). Note: most of this experiences are misconception and misguided policy as passed on by some Mechanics or misguided owners.
 
  1. Don’t be in a rush (I tell my Clients to take the search slowly and calmly), surf the Web for your 2 or 3 concluded Brand and Model choice considering the Price as you search (the Vehicle Pre-Purchase Inspector can also join on this search based on your agreement); View all pictures thoroughly (let the Inspector do the same with you pointing out possible flaws and fault in the Pictures)
  2. Book for an appointment with the Vehicle seller and contact your Vehicle Pre-Purchase Inspector to book for his service at the time and location of choice. The location of Choice should be a open place not in a closed environment or bush and do not take any cash along. No payment should be made to mobilize the Vehicle to the point of inspection. Avoid looking desperate and being overly in ‘love’ with the Ride even if it is ‘hotttt’; that will undermine your bargaining power, empower the seller to ‘shoot-up’ the price and cloud your judgment.
  3. During Inspection let the Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspector do his job; do not rush; Let the inspector check all that is on his Checklist thoroughly; check in broad day light; Diagnose the Vehicle with an Automobile Scanner that can view all the Vehicle Systems (Not Code Readers). Diagnosis will help you to know some Fault History, Current fault and also discover some failing systems in the Vehicle. MORE WILL COME ON THE CHECKLIST AND DIAGNOSIS IN LATER ARTICLES. Check the Vehicle repair history and invoices if available (a well maintained car should have this), Check for Spare Tire and safety gadgets of the Vehicle; Examine the Vehicle Papers and particulars. Test drive the Vehicle (with the Inspector driving as some fault can only be observed while Test driving). The Owner can drive on the return trip to examine the comfort and feel of the Vehicle. 
  4. Review the Vehicle Pre-Purchase Inspection Report and discuss with the inspector to know the status of the Vehicle and the worth of the Vehicle; Negotiate with the Seller based on the above details (you should be discounted for some fault that should have been fixed by the owner but left unfixed).  Meet the seller in a Bank and make payment or an Online Transfer, checking that there has been no alteration on the vehicle you paid for before paying. Collect the Vehicle papers and a declaration letter indicating that you have genuinely bought the Vehicle and collect a purchase invoice. Fix and service the Vehicle as indicated on the report and Carryout registration of the Vehicle in your name.
    I hope you have learnt some useful tips that will keep you from some futuristic pain. For More Information, Advice and Services feel free to send us a message. Thanks for reading.
    HAVE A VISION FOR HUMANITY AND STAY FOCUSED!
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    N.B. You can download the PDF version of this article by clicking on the Dropbox link.

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