By Jonah Nwokpoku
A survey carried out by Nigeria’s online classified site, OLX has revealed that status of engine remains the most imprtant factor considerd by Nigerians who want to buy used cars. OLX Country Manager, Lola Masha, said the research was carried out to identify what is most important to their users when buying used cars. According to her,“This information will enable us educate them on what to really look out for when in the market to buy a used vehicle”.
The research carried showed that the engine, price and transmission of the car as the top three things that used car buyers look out for. The survey revealed that 26 per cent of the respondents believed that the engine was the most important thing to consider when buying a used car. This was followed by 22.3 per cent who considered the price as vital while 1.7 per cent considered the transmission as the most significant factor. The remaining 38.4 per cent, chose the model, colour and year of the car.
Speaking on the significance of the survey, automobile expert and General Manager, Mandilas Enterprises Limited, Stephen Gladwin said: “There is a wide range of factors to consider when buying a used vehicle. More often than not, there is more to consider than what meets the naked eyes. These factors range from the condition of engine, gearbox, transmission system, tyres, year of manufacture, the make of the vehicle, battery condition, and even the upholstery. These are instrumental factors that make up the overall perception of a vehicle.
“There are however little things that could make or mar the feel of the car and they must be considered in the utmost regard. Some of these comprise the AC system, audio system, steering system, body condition, windscreen, rust, effectiveness of clutch system, brakes, windows, body colour, suspension system, Odometer reading, condition of airbag, ABS, wheel and exhaust.”