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Vehicle Documents to Demand For When Buying a Tokunbo Car in Nigeria

Vehicle Documents to Demand For When Buying a Tokunbo Car in Nigeria

Vehicle Documents to Demand For When Buying a Tokunbo Car in Nigeria

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There are a few important documents to collect when buying a tokunbo car in Nigeria. No matter how old a car may be, it is still very necessary to obtain these papers or documents.
After from just getting these documents, verifying each to know if they are the originals is equally important. It’ll not speak well to obtain fakes because when you run into the Police’s net, it won’t be funny. Also, don’t be too weary to avoid collecting photocopies. Buying means legally making a product your property, so, don’t mess around with photocopies instead of originals. Enough with stories as we proceed on to the necessary documents to collect when buying a tokunbo car in Nigeria.

Current Car Insurance

 
If you aren’t buying a direct tokunbo car, the owner must have factored in his insurance cost into the price he gave you. Just in case you are driving off with the car and something happens, the insurance company will pay damages.

Current insurance paper is one of the documents to collect when buying a tokunbo car in Nigeria. Sometimes the car seller gives you an outdated insurance cover. When something happens, you can’t make claims because the insurance cover is updated.

Duly Stamped Customs Documents

Anything related to customs must be stamped and very original. Another thing is that there should be matching details of the car on each of the papers. You should be very conscious of this fact, being that this kind of documents define a car and the driver. You don’t want to hear the Nigerian Police say, ‘oga come down’, while another officer cocks his gun. Ensure that you get only original papers and not something that has been tampered with.

Details like a car’s VIN  are very vital, it must, as a must, be the same as what the paper says. If there is a mismatch, please seek for reasons, and no reason at all should be a reason for such. This appears as a Chasis number on documents.

Request for Police Report Papers

These are another set of papers you do not want to mess with. They could include:

  • Plate number document
  • Engine number
  • Change of ownership
  • Permit for tinted glass (if tokunbo car glass is tinted)

Proof of Ownership

This will of course show that you are the owner of the car in question. Just like other documents, it is very necessary. As the name implies, if you can’t provide these papers, you’d be endangering your ownership status of the car.

Road Worthiness

Get this paper from the seller too. If the timeframe on the document has been exceeded, you can renew it. Visit a vehicle test station in Nigeria with the requirements. A valid insurance policy and license would be required as well.

Original Car Purchase Receipt

The seller has this in custody, get it. This shows that you are acquiring a legal car and not stolen. If the seller fails to provide this particular document, there is the possibility that you’re dealing with a stolen car. Even at that, be careful when issued a receipt. What you get might be a tampered document with no concrete source.

Plate Number Allocation

If for concrete reasons, the seller can’t provide this document, you can swear an affidavit in court.

Other documents to collect when buying a tokunbo car in Nigeria are:

  • The CMR Document
  • Change of ownership papers issued from the previous seller to the person you’re buying from.

There are some other documents to collect when buying a tokunbo car in Nigeria and they include;

  • Tinted permit doc
  • Document of change of ownership
  • Engine number
  • Plate number
  • Police report

If the seller bought the car as a Nigerian used, then he should have the change of ownership document duly signed and handed over to you. But if it was bought as a direct tokunbo car, then you don’t really need this document.

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