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  Buying a car in Nigeria can be an exciting but daunting process. With so many makes, models, and sellers to choose from, how can you be sure you’re getting the absolute best deal possible? By taking the time to do your homework and following some savvy shopping tips, you can drive away confidently with tremendous value. Whether you’re looking for a brand-new vehicle fresh off the lot or hoping to save money with a quality used car, these simple strategies will help you find amazing automotive deals in Nigeria. Ready? Let’s begin!
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  • Set a Realistic Budget

Before starting your car search, determine exactly how much you can reasonably afford to spend. This means taking an honest look at your finances – income, existing debt, monthly expenses, etc. Don’t just focus on the sticker price, but factor in additional costs like registration fees, insurance premiums, petrol costs, and routine maintenance. Having a firm maximum budget range prevents impulse overspending.
  • Research Extensively

Invest plenty of time researching various vehicle makes and models to find the best fit for your needs and budget. Read expert reviews, check safety ratings, compare fuel efficiency estimates, and look up common problems or repair costs for each car you’re considering. Narrow down to three or four top contenders before shopping around. The more informed you are, the smarter you can negotiate.
  • Check Pricing Sources

Once you’ve identified specific cars you’re interested in, price research becomes critical. Look at listing prices for the same year, mileage, and trim levels from multiple dealers and private sellers across Nigeria. Use free online pricing guides like Cheki and Cars45 to find the fair market value range for each vehicle on your shortlist. Knowing your true worth prevents you from overpaying.
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  • Time Your Purchase Right

In Nigeria, certain times of year are better than others for securing the lowest possible car prices. Dealers have annual sales goals and ebb and flow with inventory supply, so aim to shop towards the end of the month, the end of the year, or after major holidays. You’ll find more motivated sellers willing to give bigger discounts to clear out older stock and hit quotas.
  • Shop at Least Three Sellers

When you’ve thoroughly researched your target vehicle and understand the appropriate market price, start shopping around in person. Don’t just visit one dealer. Have at least three different dealers or sellers compete for your business. Compare offers and play them off each other – they’ll be more likely to give you their absolute best price when they know you’re not locked in with just one seller.
  • Negotiate the Final Price

Never accept the listing price on a vehicle as-is. Use your pricing research and competing quotes to negotiate down from the initial offer. Focus hard negotiations on the final sale price rather than monthly payments. And don’t forget to negotiate additional items like accessories, warranties, processing fees, etc. – those can add up. Stay firm, patient and prepared to walk away unless you get the rock-bottom price you want.
  • Explore All Incentives

Finally, look into any special dealer incentives, rebates or low financing deals you may qualify for to cut costs even further. For example, some dealers offer better rates or cash credits for recent graduates, military members, civil servants, return customers, and so on. Factory rebates or low-interest loan options from manufacturers or banks could make the total purchase more affordable too.
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Final Thoughts

With patience, research, negotiating skills and good timing, there are incredible opportunities to save big on your next car purchase in Nigeria. Refuse to accept the initial listing price and make sellers compete hard for your business to get the best deal! A little perseverance goes a long way.
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This article was first published on 21st May 2024 and updated on May 22nd, 2024 at 11:32 am


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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