January 22, 2020

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Fairly used cars in Nigeria & prices – Used car inspection checklist

1. Introduction

Are you looking for fairly used cars in Nigeria and their prices? Then you found the right resource. This is the ultimate guide brought to you by Automilas.com, piecing together all the necessary information to help you buy the best fairly used cars in Nigeria. Here also, you’ll get to know what you should be looking out for when making the decision to go for a fairly used car. Read along!

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Fairly used cars can be bought offline at dealerships or online on leading auto platforms

With the present state of our economy, Nigeria is now one of the destination points for fairly used cars and going for these used cars has become the popular option among Nigerian car shoppers. This is because Nigeria is populated with middle-income individuals and a brand new car isn’t something that an average Nigerian can afford. So, a used car becomes the alternative as it’s within the budget of an average Nigerian.

2. Why owners sell fairly used cars at cheap price

Fairly used cars are those vehicles that are formerly owned and used by their owners and put up for sale. The cars are in good condition with neat interiors and even shiny painting.

So why are their owners willing to sell these fairly used cars at cheap prices? There are a lot of reasons as below:

  • The owner wants to buy another car brand or model. He has money and wants to change his transports often.
  • There’s an urgent financial burden facing the owner and selling the car is the way to raise money to offset the challenge.
  • Who knows, the car may have become a liability, dipping a hole into his wallet.

Whatever the reason, fairly used cars are hot-selling ones in the market. Another thing when we make reference to fairly used cars, we should know they come in different forms. Let’s see them below!

3. Types of fairly used cars in Nigeria

Fairly used cars available in Nigeria can be placed into two categories, based on their origins. They are:

  • Fairly used Tokunbo/ Foreign used cars

Foreign used cars in Nigeria are called Tokunbo cars, which are popularly considered in better condition than locally used items. In the automotive industry, Asian, European and North American countries are the main car manufacturers worldwide. And Japan is the leading car manufacturing country, with a lot of popular car brands to their credit. So, many foreign used cars are imported from there. The likes of popular car brands Toyota, Honda, Lexus, Hyundai, and others are all Japanese cars.

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Traditional means of purchasing might take more time and work

Foreign used cars always come looking almost brand new and well maintained. And this is because of some factors like state of the road the car plies, driving habit of the car owner and age of the vehicle. For a country like Japan where cars are manufactured regularly and also cheap, car owners would opt to change their cars very often without driving it for long. And when they are shipped into the country, they still look pristine.

We are not in any way implying that one can’t find a neat well maintained Nigeria used car, but admittedly, a foreign used car gives you better value for the money you spent acquiring it.

  • Fairly used Nigerian-used/ Locally used cars

Nigeria used car can also be referred to as a locally used car. These are vehicles that were used locally, here in Nigeria. They weren’t used and imported from outside the country. Friends, relatives or individuals may decide to list their car for sale and someone buys it off them.

These Nigeria used cars could be used in a much shorter time compared to Tokunbo, so they are called “fairly used” by sellers. However, due to the road condition in Nigeria, some locally used cars that are up for sale have not been properly maintained and buying them becomes a challenge.

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Locally used cars may not be as well-maintained as their Tokunbo counterparts

Whether you are looking to buy a foreign used car or Nigeria used car, there are some steps that have got you covered. They are what you should be on the lookout for when buying a fairly used car in Nigeria. With them, you will be able to make a better choice and one with a good value for money spent on it.

4. Prices of Fairly used cars for sale in Nigeria

Nigeria has a large market for used cars, so it’s not surprising that the majority of cars on Nigerian roads are fairly used. And when it comes to these used cars, some popular car brands have become the most sought after. This is because of their reliability and the comfort they offer at a cheap price. They are Toyota Corolla, Toyota Camry, Toyota 4runner, Honda Civic, Honda Accord, and Lexus. They are all cars from Japan, the auto leading manufacturers. Some of them have been reviewed here, do check out the review.

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Fairly used Toyota cars are often the most hunted for

  • Fairly used Toyota Corolla in Nigeria

Since its production in 1966, this Toyota model, Corolla has been an impressive car with amazing rebranded models following each year. No wonder, it’s placed as one of Toyota’s favorite model among car lovers. Many Nigerian car lovers see this model as their top pick among other brands. Don’t miss out on our cheap used Corolla cars for sale in Nigeria offerings here on our site.

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Prices of fairly used Toyota Corolla in Nigeria
Car model Prices
Locally used Toyota Corolla 2006 – 2011 ₦850,000 – ₦1,200,000
Locally used Toyota Corolla 2014 – 2016 ₦3,000,000 – ₦7,000,000
Locally used Toyota Corolla 2017 – 2018 ₦9,000,000 – ₦14,000,000
Tokunbo Toyota Corolla 2005 – 2008 ₦1,700,000 – ₦3,500,000
Tokunbo Toyota Corolla 2009 – 2013 ₦2,000,000 – ₦5,000,000
Tokunbo Toyota Corolla 2014 – 2016 ₦6,000,000 – ₦8,500,000
Tokunbo Toyota Corolla 2017 – 2018 ₦12,000,000 – ₦17,000,000

The Toyota Corolla has long been famous as one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the auto industry, however, you can even bring it to the optimum fuel economy with tips in the link. Check it!

  • Fairly used Toyota Camry for sale in Nigeria

The Toyota Camry is a true definition of style, efficiency, and durability and has been one of Toyota’s most sold vehicles worldwide. Built as a sedan variant, the modest size of the Toyota Camry has made it be the perfect choice among car enthusiast. Our car for sale section has tons of fairly used Toyota Camry models for sale. You are just a click away from checking the different model years and price. Notwithstanding, here is an updated price list for some popular Toyota Camry model. Check it out now.

Prices of fairly used Toyota Camry in Nigeria
Car model Prices
Locally used Toyota Camry 2006 – 2011 ₦1,000,000 – ₦2,500,000
Locally used Toyota Camry 2012 – 2014 ₦3,500,000 – ₦5,000,000
Locally used Toyota Camry 2015 – 2017 ₦6,000,000 – ₦9,000,000
Tokunbo Toyota Camry 2000 – 2006 ₦1,200,000 – ₦2,200,000
Tokunbo Toyota Camry 2007 – 2011 ₦2,600,000 – ₦3,900,000
Tokunbo Toyota Camry 2012 – 2015 ₦4,000,000 – ₦7,000,000
Tokunbo Toyota Camry 2016 – 2018 ₦9,000,000 – ₦17,500,000
  • Fairly used Toyota 4-Runner for sale in Nigeria

This SUV from Toyota lineup has long been in production from 1984 till date. Each generation has seen diverse changes to meet consumers need. Getting a brand new 4Runner is only possible through foreign dealers. However, the fairly used version is the local market here in Nigeria. We have the prices of different model years of the Toyota 4runner for sale in Nigeria if you decide to go for it.

Prices of fairly used Toyota 4Runner in Nigeria
Car model Prices
Locally used Toyota 4Runner 2003 – 2006 ₦1,500,000 – ₦3,000,000
Locally used Toyota 4Runner 2007 – 2008 ₦1,700,000 – ₦4,000,000
Locally used Toyota 4Runner 2009 – 2011 ₦6,500,000 – ₦8,500,000
Locally used Toyota 4Runner 2012 – 2014 ₦8,000,000 – ₦13,000,000
Tokunbo Toyota 4Runner 2001 – 2009 ₦2,000,000 – ₦5,500,000
Tokunbo Toyota 4Runner 2010 – 2014 ₦10,000,000 – ₦15,000,000
Tokunbo Toyota 4Runner 2015 – 2016 ₦16,000,000 – ₦27,000,000
Tokunbo Toyota 4Runner 2017 – 2018 ₦26,000,000 – ₦30,000,000
  • Fairly used Toyota Matrix for sale in Nigeria

This Toyota model is also called the Toyota Corolla Matrix. It comes as a sports compact and compact hatchback variants. Its production began in 2002 and stopped in 2014. Reasons owing to the low sales it met in large markets. Do check out the fairly used Toyota Matrix models for sale here if you have decided to own one.

Prices of fairly used Toyota Matrix in Nigeria
Car model Price
Locally used Toyota Matrix 2002 – 2006 ₦950,000 – ₦1,800,000
Locally used Toyota Matrix 2007 – 2011 ₦1,300,000 – ₦2,300,000
Tokunbo Toyota Matrix 2002 – 2008 ₦1,300,000 – ₦2,600,000
Tokunbo Toyota Matrix 2009 – 2011 ₦2,500,000 – ₦4,000,000

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Toyota is the biggest brand in Nigeria in terms of the number of vehicles on the roads

  • Fairly used Toyota buses for sale in Nigeria

The Toyota brand is well known for its reliability, which also extends to its commuter vehicles-buses. Designed for comfort and safety, the Toyota Hiace and Toyota Coaster buses are built to offer passengers comfort and ample space for luggage. Perfect for long-distance transportation services.

Prices of fairly used Toyota buses in Nigeria
Car model Prices
Used Toyota HiAce 18 seater bus 2008 – 2009 ₦4,000,000 – ₦10,000,000
 Tokunbo Toyota Coaster bus 2000 – 2008 ₦5,500,000 – ₦9,000,000
Tokunbo Toyota Coaster bus 2009 – 2010 ₦7,500,000 – ₦12,000,000
Tokunbo Toyota Coaster bus 2013 – 2014 ₦8,000,000 – ₦22,000,000

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Fairly used Honda is preferred for reliability and reasonable pricing

  • Fairly used Honda Civic for sale in Nigeria

Honda automaker is a conglomerate corporation known for its production of automobiles, motorcycles, power equipment, and aircraft as well. Though it enjoys more patronage in the North, it has gradually found a place in the hearts of car lovers all over the country. Most sought after models of the Honda lineup include Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Honda Pilot and Honda CR-V. To know the market prices of the Honda family, check out our car prices category to know which model fits your needs and budget. And while on it, our listing section has various fairly used Honda you can equally make a choice from. Even if you reside in Port Harcourt and are looking for fairly used cars for sale in Port Harcourt, don’t worry, we also have cars listed from that location.

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The Honda Civic is a mid-size car built with different variants ranging from the sedan, hatchback Type R and coupe. A Honda lover has multiple choices to select from. To make it easier for you, here is a compiled list of the prices of some fairly used Honda Civic in Nigeria. Do compare the prices to make a buying decision.

This is the price list for both foreign used and locally used, ranging from ₦800,000 to ₦8,000,000.

Prices of fairly used Honda Civic in Nigeria
Car model Prices
Locally used Honda Civic 2005 – 2008 ₦800,000 – ₦4,000,000
Locally used Honda Civic 2009 – 2013 ₦2,400,000 – ₦4,500,000
Locally used Honda Civic 2014 – 2017 ₦3,000,000 – ₦6,200,000
Tokunbo Honda Civic 2005 – 2008 ₦1,000,000 – ₦4,500,000
Tokunbo Honda Civic 2009 – 2012 ₦2,500,000 – ₦5,000,000
Tokunbo Honda Civic 2013 – 2015 ₦3,000,000 – ₦6,000,000
Tokunbo Honda Civic 2016 – 2017 ₦5,000,000 – ₦8,000,000

5. Vehicle inspection checklist for fairly used cars

If you are a frequent reader on Naijauto, you can see a wide range of detailed vehicle inspection checklist for all sorts of car types. In the scope of this post, we will focus on the list of factors to check before you buy a fairly used car, no matter Tokunbo or Nigeria used.

5.1. Background check on car brands

To lower the risk of buying a used car that may end up becoming your worst nightmare, identify the car brands or models that have been adjudged to be reliable and with low maintenance cost. Brands that have recorded a low failure rate and their spare parts available in the market.

A brand that fits this description is the Toyota cars, which has global support from car drivers and has also been confirmed as the car with the cheapest maintenance cost. Our cars for sale section here has lots of Toyota models that you might consider checking out to know if they are within your choice and budget.

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Used cars also mean you have to check it more carefully before penning the contract

Another car brand worthy of mention is the Honda cars. This brand is also another popular brand among car enthusiast that is also dependable. Also not forgetting Lexus – the top-notch car brand with reasonable price tags.

5.2. Verify the source

Fairly used car dealers in Nigeria or individuals who want to sell their cars are everywhere. Whether you are looking to get a fair deal online or offline, be sure the car seller is genuine. So you don’t end up being scammed.

For offline dealers, verify their physical address. Online car listing sites should be verified too. There should be proper communication between the listed car owner and buyer. Here on Automilas.com, the trusted car listing platform for buying and selling cars, we provide advice to car shoppers and also users to help them make the right choice when buying a used car. Our car tips and advice section is a resource worth reading.

5.3. Do your research

Conduct a Carfax VIN check on the car. This is the vehicle inspection number. While on research, make sure the car’s documents are intact.

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We highly recommend you bring a mechanic to inspect the vehicle with you

5.4. Body inspection

This is one aspect of buying a fairly used car you shouldn’t ignore for any reason. That a car looks neat doesn’t mean it’s sound. Carry out a thorough inspection of the car. It should be done on the interior and exterior. Sellers may cover their car faults somewhere and may ensure there’s no problem with the vehicles. What you need is a detailed look and trust your own eyes.

For the exterior, inspect these parts.

  • The condition of the car’s body: Here, inspect the roof, body panel and be on the lookout for rust, dent, and scratches. You can take a professional mechanic along with you to help you out as you inspect the car. You may find some minor scratches, but that’s ok. Your concern should be on any rust spotted.
  • Check out the doors, hood, and trunk to be sure they are still sound.
  • The glass should also be inspected for crack, so you know what you should bargain when negotiating.
  • Confirm if the lights are all working and don’t have cracks on it.
  • Tires are another part to inspect. Be observant here, make sure the car doesn’t have a high mileage with the odometer rolled back. Also, check the tire’s tread depth. Your mechanic should have the tread-depth tool for it.

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Each car brand has its own perks

The inside of the car should be comfortable enough.

  • Check for odor: You’ll be spending some time inside the car, so sniff the interior. See if there’s a musty or acrid smell. When you aren’t comfortable with the odor emanating from the car, look for another car.
  • Car seats: Inspect the seats and check out the seat adjustment. Know if they are working. The upholstery shouldn’t look tattered.
  • Brake pedals: Check the pedal rubber for wear as it shows the car’s usage.
  • Car accessories
  • Inspect the ignition switch. Try to turn it but don’t start the engine. See the ‘Check engine’ warning light. Look to see the lights that come up for any issue.
  • Engine parts and under the hood: Check the condition of the engine. Look out for oil spillage or hoses that are hanging loose. The oil fluid level should be inspected with the transmission fluid
  • Diagnostic check: Take the car in to be checked in an auto diagnostic center. Do this before closing the deal.
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6. Where to buy fairly used cars in Nigeria

Gone are the days of buying a used car offline only. With the recent explosion in Internet activities, all thanks to technological advancement, one can now buy cheap fairly used cars in Nigeria online.

Fairly used car dealers in Nigeria can be found everywhere, either offline or online. Below are some places recommended by our journalists!

6.1. Offline car dealers

  • Berger-Apapa auto market

Situated in Lagos, Berger car market is the largest car depot in Nigeria for fairly used cars, and the second largest in West Africa. Here you can make your selection from the different array of cars found there. Here is a very much busy place, so be on the lookout for touts that might corner you into scamming you off your money. There have been some stories about rolling back the odometer and falsified documents. Be wary of such. Don’t forget to check the car’s VIN number and a thorough inspection of the car before making any payment.

  • Cotonou auto market

Cotonou car market is the largest car market in West Africa. And it’s situated in the Republic of Benin, which shares a boundary with Nigeria. This is a larger auto market where you have a plethora of cars to choose from. Cars sold there are cheaper since there’s no import duty paid. Be wary if you decide to buy a fairly used car there. Chances are the car documents might be forged.

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Cotonou appears to be the largest used car market in the region

  • Locally fairly used car dealers

Fairly used car dealers are present across the states in Nigeria. If you reside in Lagos and are looking for fairly used cars for sale in Lagos, you’ll find them. However, your choice might be limited when compared to the Berger car market that has many options for you to choose from and also better seize an understanding of 7 effective ways to negotiate the price of a used car.

  • Individual sellers and relatives

This can be a friend, relative or an individual that wants to sell his car for one reason or another. And if you are aware that their car is up for sale and it’s something you are interested in you can meet them and bargain.

6.2. Online car listing website

  • Naijauto.com
  • Naijauto.com

Naijauto is the most trusted car listing site for buying and selling used cars in Nigeria. There are tons of cars (foreign used and Nigeria used cars) listed on our car for sale section to give you many options to choose from. We provide buying and selling tips to help you get a fair deal on your car buying quest. And also to protect you from fake car dealers. If you want to know the various cost of fairly used cars in Nigeria, you can head over to our car for sale to check the car prices in Nigeria listed there.

  • Jiji.ng

This is a large market place for a lot of items, including fairly used cars. However, the price of cars is higher here and cars put up there are limited.

  • Cars.com

Here’s another car buying and selling website to make your choice from. Cars are shipped from the US and delivered to Nigeria, while you pay for the clearance. The car price is, thus, added higher than other sources and might get stuck at the port in unexpected situations.

7. Conclusion

Knowing essential tips around buying fairly used cars in Nigeria and their prices is an advantage in any car deal. To ensure you end up with a reliable used car, consider the famous brands like Toyota or Honda. They always deliver as promised.

We are always here to provide you with car reviews, updated car price list, car tips and advice and various arrays of brand new, foreign used and locally used cars on our Car for sale section. Do check them out.

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