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.
- 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.