A United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report released in November 2020 identified Nigeria as the African country importing the most used vehicles from the United States, and the third in the world. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Mexico occupied the first and second positions globally.
The report stated that 14 million light-duty vehicles (cars, SUVs and minibuses) were exported to low and middle-income countries between 2015 and 2018. Out of this number, Nigeria received 203,136 cars.
In Africa, the report indicated, more than 60 per cent of vehicles added annually is through the importation of used vehicles.
In August 2021, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, disclosed that Nigerians imported an average of 400,000 vehicles between 2015 and 2020.
According to the minister, Nigeria is also a hub of stolen vehicles, as Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of vehicles in the country were usually unregistered.
It suffices to say that most of the buyers, if not all, had no inkling that these vehicles were stolen.
As a first-time buyer prospecting to buy a used car, the first port of call is usually used car sales and auction websites like Copart, Auto Trader, Hemmings, Cars Direct, CarGurus, Cars&Bids, among others, depending on budget and type of car being sought.
Perhaps the biggest headache that first-time buyers experience when prospecting to buy a used car is reliable information about the condition of the car.
This is so for obvious reasons: no one wants to buy a vehicle that has been reported stolen or that will spend more time in the mechanic’s shop than on the road, where its services are needed.
It will be a great disservice to the buyer if they go into a major purchase blind when reliable information is readily available to help them make informed choice.
While used car sales websites are great for comparing options in terms of price, they are hardly the go-to place for comprehensive vehicle history report which the buyer ought to rely on to get the best deal.
EpicVin is a service that provides such reliable information at relatively low price. With EpicVIN Vehicle History Report, the buyer can determine past odometer readings, if the vehicle has been registered as stolen, hidden damages, vehicle specifications and technical data, previous use to which the vehicle was put, and sale history.
EpicVin gathers well-detailed information about vehicle titles, specifications, sales, accidents, thefts, and so forth, from official U.S. government sources throughout the nation.
With information from the report, the buyer can avoid buying a salvage car with its attendant challenges.
It’s not a flash-in-the-pan service. EpicVin has been in the business of providing comprehensive vehicle history reports since 2012 and has become a dependable information hub for potential buyers in the United States and beyond.