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As Nigerians, it is easy to point accusing fingers at former President Goodluck Jonathan, President Muhammadu Buhari, APC or PDP as the cause of our woes as a nation. But after inspecting some Nigerian used cars that are available for sale, I realized many of us have put this nation on a free fall with fraudulent acts which include portraying our scrap Nigerian used cars as 6 months used in order to sell at ridiculously high prices.

Many registered car sellers have been programmed to say their cars are just 3 months or 6 months Nigerian used. My questions are: How come the appearance and performance of these cars do not tally with 3-6 months of usage? Have cars in Nigeria turned to Kito sandals that people change when resuming a new school term? Is it possible for a car to be 3-6 months Nigerian used in 2016 despite being shipped to Nigeria in 2009?

The following amongst others comes to mind when I hear a car is barely used:

  • The owner discovered a major problem in the car shortly after its purchase.
  • The car has started to suck its owner dry and he or she intends to pass the buck.
  • It’s an old car that has been resprayed and repackaged in order to hide its flaws.
  • Or the car may be one of the few exceptions where the owner is selling with utmost good faith.

I am of the opinion that every person who intends to buy a car has the right to know every single detail and information at the seller’s disposal as it is absolutely unfair to dump your dead or problematic car on another person by deceiving them. We need laws that will checkmate this gross misconduct.

Kindly share and tell us your experience.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. beamzy

    August 10, 2016 at 6:31 am

    This is so true, honesty is very important.

  2. AutoJosh

    AutoJosh

    August 11, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I concur

  3. Olumide Ajibade

    August 13, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Thanks, I appreciate. Please is there a way to trace a stolen vehicle that doesn’t have a tracker in Nigeria?

    • AutoJosh

      AutoJosh

      August 15, 2016 at 11:26 am

      Sorry to tell you that there is non that I know of.

  4. Ayodele

    September 2, 2016 at 7:42 am

    I so love this piece. That’s how I bought a Nigerian used Toyota carry 2007 se for 1.5m (without a car expert my biggest mistake) only to find out days later that the gear has been changed and the previous owner didn’t even put the normal gear, he fixed in a 2005 model gear. Ao annoy.

    • AutoJosh

      AutoJosh

      September 2, 2016 at 8:51 am

      So sad. We need a law that will penalize people who conceal information about the cars they want to sell.

  5. Abayomi

    November 19, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Yes we need laws that will address this issue and be enforceable too.

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