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When Buying A Nigeria-Used Car, You Should Ask For These 8 Documents



When purchasing a used car in Nigeria, never assume everything is in order.

If you don’t inspect and verify all of the vehicle documentation before parting with your money, you would be taking a huge risk.

Some people have been scammed, and the cars they bought ended up being stolen or smuggled. To avoid this from happening again, Autojosh has compiled a list that will prevent you from purchasing an undocumented vehicle.

When purchasing a second-hand car in Nigeria, you need to request the following eight documents:

  1. Check that all custom documents are fully stamped and that all details, such as the car’s name and model, the VIN, and all payments, are correct. Usually 6 or more paperwork, which could be photocopied if numerous cars were approved by the same dealer. But make sure it’s a clear, crisp paperwork, not some fading nonsense… and don’t fall for the “no one will ask you for customer documentation” nonsense, because it could spell disaster or a stolen vehicle.
  2. Original copy of CMR (Computerized Motor Registration)
  3. Current insurance coverage (original copy)
  4. Driver’s license (original copy)
  5. A certificate of roadworthiness (original copy)
  6. Assigning plate numbers (original copy)
  7. A fully stamped original proof of ownership
  8. You will be given two printed and signed forms to complete: A document indicating a change of ownership and Purchase receipt from previous owner

You may also require other documentation, such as

  1. Tinted permit
  2. police report/ownership transfer document/plate number/engine number/chassis number (which we call VIN)

Note: Unless the car was purchased as a tokunbo, make sure you see the change of ownership letter that was given to the buyer and duly signed when he initially bought it as Nigerian used. is an authoritative car blog in Nigeria. Its objective is to get Nigerians and a wider audience to be more informed about automobiles, the automotive sector and transport infrastructure. Over the years, we have been instrumental in creating immeasurable public awareness about automobiles and their maintenance, safety and traffic laws, amongst others. ...Your mobility, our priority. NK

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