Used cars usually imported from the US, Europe and Asia are some of the hottest in demand items in Nigeria. The cars are classified according to prices, popular use, ease of maintenance and perceived durability on the challenging Nigerian roads.
We bring you some of the fast moving cars that are high up in both car dealer and buyer shopping lists.
- Toyota Corolla
Since the advent of Uber and Bolt App taxi services, the Toyota Corolla has been exceptionally popular in Nigeria. This is the number one vehicle sought by such drivers for their fuel efficiency, durability and used sales value. The models made from 2001 – 2007 are the most popular in this category used for Uber and Bolt taxi services. The newer models are mostly purchase brand new by corporate organizations
- Toyota Camry
Another popular model from the Toyota stable is the Camry. It is preferred for more executive cab services and by many middle class families. It is just as reliable as the Toyota Corolla only with bigger engines (2.4L) and less fuel economy (some are V6, 6 Cylinder engines) compared with the Corolla, which is a strictly 4 cylinder engine car. Nevertheless, it is still an excellent buy. Models from 1999 – 2011 are very available in the market with healthy demand from the buying populace.
- Mercedes Benz ML 350
This is the preferred choice for the nouveaux rich in Nigeria. People that can afford this car, usually have more than one car in their garage. It is more of a status car but is also scores high on the reliability and durability charts. Only drawback is the maintenance parts are not cheap. The car itself is expensive to purchase. Most popular models in the market are from the years 2011 – 2015.
- Lexus RX 350
Lexus has a pristine reputation for performance and ruggedness. The earlier models (RX 330) were a best seller in the used car markets in Nigeria. The newer models are more striking and you guessed it right, more expensive. It is often characterized as a lady’s car because of the peculiar shape. However, this is a very robust and strong vehicle. There is nothing soft about this car, especially the newer designs and models. An excellent choice, any day.
- Honda Accord
The Honda Accord is a choice car in the used car markets of Nigeria. They are renowned for their good interior design and excellent fuel economy. Earlier models nicknamed “End of Discussion” had serious issues with failing ball joint in the front tyres. This constant failures has led to a drop in the prices and demand for the models of the years 2003 – 2007. The later models seem to have this critical issue resolved satisfactorily. Honda Accords are back among the top most in demand cars in Nigeria now.
- Toyota Venza
This is a popular cross over SUV like car. It gave an elevated view like an SUV with sedan like driving capabilities. The Venza was only produced for the years 2009 – 2015 before it was stopped by Toyota. However, it is very popular in the Nigerian market. It is not cheap by any means, but it gives the aura of driving a well-engineered vehicle.