a car is totally different from buying hot wheels cars from Shoprite’s
toy rack.. where kids spot the toy of their choice, point a finger and
it’s theirs in a minute. As we all know, the kid may damage the toy
before the next day. Now, we are talking about buying a real car with
your hard earned money. So don’t rush. Take your time, compare prices
and do all the necessary checks.
2. Thinking the cheapest car is the always the best deal
Awoof has purged many on several occasions. I always tell people “the cheapest car is not necessarily the best deal“.
It is a bad idea to save N500,000 only to buy a car that has just been
rebuilt from a terrible accident.. with deployed airbags and damaged
suspensions not properly repaired. The sad news is some people paid the
ultimate price for this error with their lives. Some others ended up in
jail for buying ridiculously cheap cars which happened to be stolen
vehicles. This though is the major reason car dealers in Nigeria do all
those shady things just to sell their cars.
3. Falling in love with the clean body of the car only
of us are guilty of this. We buy a car because it has a clean exterior.
I fell victim to this when I bought my first car and the car started
dealing with me after 6 months. Another guy bought a 2003 Toyota
Highlander at Berger in Lagos, by the time he got to Port Harcourt with
the car, he realised he had only bought a car body with no engine.. the
engine of the highlander knocked within the first 3 months. To add
pepper to the injury, Nigeria Customs seized the SUV immediately after he changed the engine at Owerri.
4. Showing desperation to the seller
you show that you are desperately in love or in need of a car to a
seller, then you may have just signed a one chance certificate. The next
thing they will tell you is, someone else is coming to pay for the car
this evening. So you won’t have a choice but to pay now. You may end up
paying more for the car and you may not have time to do proper checks.
of us want the 2008 Toyota Corolla because it is the most recent model
of that design but we still want to pay the price of the 2003 for it
because they look similar. Apart from most 2008 costing more to purchase
from USA or Canada, the custom duty at Lagos port is also definitely
higher. So if you are particular about saving cost, you may be better
off with the 2003 model instead of buying a refurbished 2008 model. The
difference in both cars may not be commensurate to the difference in
price and this applies to many other brands and models.
7. Buying a particular car because someone else is driving it
try to keep up with the Joneses. I have seen people make the mistake of
buying cars because they’ve seen a few people driving it or their
neighbour has one. So they will just conclude that for that person to be
able to maintain it, they can also maintain it. On the contrary, you
don’t know if that person you are admiring is suffering and smiling with
that car.. You also don’t know his/her financial capacity and source of
income. So please always take your car research beyond the fact that
someone else is able to maintain a car. Because you might just not know
what he/she is actually going through
8. I want my car to be one in town
is nothing as satisfying as driving a one in town car.. and your car is
so unique that it turns heads wherever you go. But don’t forget our
common saying “one in town car,
one in town problem”. So you’d better tread with caution. You need to
research a reliable repair centre and availability of parts. You also
need a sure contact that can help you get the parts abroad when needed..
as well as a Bureau De Change guy that will be giving you good dollar
exchange rate. But there is a way to play safe with using a unique car.
What some people do is, they buy a usual car like a 2012 Toyota Camry or
a 2012 Benz E-Class then they modify it (Pimp) by changing some
components like the lights, bumpers, grills etc. However, you have to do
this with care so you don’t overdo and end up messing the car up into
9. Using all your last Kobo to buy a car
problem speaks for itself. Always remember, the car will need some care
after purchase and you’re going to be using money for that. I am sure
you’ve seen people who buy a car and start to beg for money to fuel it
after 2 weeks.. some even start depending on other people for food to
eat.. and they declare bankruptcy when they get the first repair bill
from their mechanic. Lol
Have you experienced any of this? Is there any I didn’t add? Tell us in the comment section