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Advantages and disadvantages of buying your car from USA and shipping it into Nigeria




Nigerians who have had to scout around when searching for a car can testify to the challenges involved based on the number of compromised cars out there. The compromises range from rolled back mileage, flooded and accidented cars to smuggled cars and short paid custom duty.

These issues have forced some Nigerians to buy and ship in their cars from the USA, Canada, Europe and The Middle East which has the following advantages and disadvantages:


  • It is cheaper.
  • There is availability of varieties to choose from.
  • It is more convenient as the entire purchase to delivery process can be completed from your home.
  • What you see online is what you get as the details of the cars are clearly stated. However, ensure no information is misinterpreted.
  • It is easier to engage a certified and professional vehicle inspector who will help you ascertain the status of the car before you buy it.

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  • It takes average of 8 weeks for your car to get to Nigeria.
  • Transit risks, which include lost car keys, lost documents, delay due to weather, possible damage to the body of the car especially when containerized etc.  However, these risks hardly occur.
  • You may not be able to inspect the car yourself.
  • Frustration may arise due to bureaucratic processes of foreign organizations and Nigeria Customs.

In conclusion, always endeavor to use trustworthy intermediaries and do a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) check no matter the route you take. This could go a long way to save you a lot of money and time.

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  1. Dr. Stephen Ochang

    November 20, 2016 at 13:07

    I want a clean grade car that is almosr like new on a shoe string budget. I would like to import a 2012 Model of Toyota 4 Runner from US. The car should be accidented, but the dent should be something that can be repaired very neatly. It should not affect the engine or the AC. How can I use your services to achieve.

    • AutoJosh

      November 21, 2016 at 09:05

      Dear Sir, I will be glad to work with you in respect of your car import. We will search for the car on with focus on cars with rear and minimal side impact. You can see some of the cars I have delivered through USA car auction. You can easily contact me via


  2. Hill Sunday

    November 20, 2016 at 21:30

    Always on point!

    • AutoJosh

      November 21, 2016 at 08:51

      Thanks Sir.

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