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Car Buying from Cotonou
Car selling in Cotonou
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Cotonou- Nigerian Car Importers
Movement of Cars from Cotonou to Nigeria

CAR SOURCING FROM OVERSEAS:
Searching for cars to buy from Europe, America and any other part of the
world depends on several factors. Functionality, durability and how recent 
the car is. These are very necessary factors to consider before buying one. Also ability to find out current price of the car in cotonou market will help you  determine your own price before buying, cars with special options are more viable, like alloy rim, tinted glass, power steering, automatic break system ABS), cruise control drive system, DVD dash board, central locking system, complete interior air bags, and many more options, although you don't have to expect all the options in a particular car. But a clean car with good engine is a must look out for, don't forget to demand for book log (cadigres, French) from the seller. That is papers for the car.

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CAR FREIGHT FROM OVERSEAS:
This is transport of car from oversea mostly through ship. There are so many
vessels that ferry cars. It depends on the one you want to use or the one available in your area. Some of them are Shiroro, Emerald Ray, Grand America, Grand Francia, Grand Nigeria, Grand Atlantico, Grand Africa, Jolly etc

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CAR CLEARING IN COTONOU
This is mainly the work of a clearing Agent, and it is normally done by
Beninese not foreigners. So due to the fact that they dominate this area. you
must make sure any body parading him or herself as agent must be genuine so
as not to fall into wrong hands that will mess up your dream of owning a good and comfortable car. The Clearing cost of cars varies depending on the model and year desired pick. But if your car is for sale, you don't have any business with clearing, the end user will do that. The document demanded by these clearing agents are the regular importation document from the shipping line, like bill lading, book log, and what have you. The prices could be as low as six hundred dollars ($600) to two thousand dollars ($2000) depend on the year of manufacturing.

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CAR BUYING FROM COTONOU:
Car buying from Cotonou is the easiest thing we can do because that is our main business. As a potential client you can walk inside any of the parks to get the price of a car.
As long as you are conversant with the exchange rates between the currency you are familiar with and the Cfa, I mean money conversion. All you need do is to negotiate with the owners of the cars, seal the price then pay either in C.F.A or dollars equivalent, they will give you receipt along with vehicle document as the case may be. But when once you are there with your clearing agent he will tidy up that aspect of transaction After buying. Your agent will commence clearing and clear transit to the area or route you want, most customers from Cameroon normally reship from Cotonou, other Africa counties usually move cars by road.

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CAR SELLING IN COTONOU:
This aspect of car business could be done by anybody so far you have little money to start off with. There are various categories of car dealers in Cotonou. The big ones import in fleets while the little ones import based on their strength. While some other persons buy from these big importer and to resell to the general public, all you need to do is to approach anyone of them find out if they have consignment in any of the berthed ships, tell him the type of car you want from him, make sure it is very clean, buy it from him, transfer to any park of your choice then add money and sell, pay commission to the park owners, business is done. You can buy one or two. The information is that whether you have international passport, Business Name or not you will be well accommodated at any of the parks. There you are sure of selling every day since you have good and neat cars.

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CAR AGENT IN COTONOU:
The work of an Agent is too numerous to mention. There are agents  all over the place as long as there are cars for sale. It has to also be a good commission agent if not everything will be in shambles. Any good Agent can speak French and English fluently, he is there to negotiate for you and make sure you buy cheap, he is there also to know when the car arrived so that you will not be mislead into buying Auction Vehicles, when a new consignment arrives the ones already on ground tend to loose value and become cheaper your agent will also let you know this piece of information.  Also, they know the right clearing Agents. They make sure you have all the necessary motor parts and original papers after buying in the absence of A Clearing Agent. They will even make sure they monitor it till it comes out from park. And if you are there for business they will guide you completely. I mean good ones and they are few.
The disadvantage of bad ones is more than the good services they can render
because they can abscond with your money, they can pretend to be clearing agent and abscond with your car, they can inflate price excessively. They can mislead you to collect incomplete motor papers because of commission. Because of these you have to be very careful with people you meet there when you go shopping for cars. With car Agents you can do Vehicle trading without been there in person, car Agent will be there to receive any car, transfer it to a good park, sell it and still remit your money to you after deducting his commission. So they can represent you there, anywhere you are in the world as far as fairly used car is concerned even new ones. But we advice that you pay a visit if it is a big consignment.

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COTONOU  NIGERIA CAR IMPORTERS:
The greater percentage of the cars in Cotonou goes to Nigeria, which means that their main customers come from Nigeria. Even some multinationals import their cars through Cotonou due to price difference in duties to be paid if the cars where shipped directly through the Nigerian ports.
The process of bringing down these cars is a little bit cumbersome to most car dealers due to concealed information from their agent. Most agents will not advise their customers to pay duty which is much more convenient and safe rather they will advise them to evade duty which might boomerang later . That is why we advise most people to visit custom vehicle legal seat at seme or any port of entry and collect information from them or you tell your agent right from on set that you want to pay duty, infact insist on that and at the end of it you will find out that there is no much different and you will be rest assured that nothing will happen to your car.

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MOVEMENT OF CARS FROM COTONOU TO NIGERIA:
Movement of cars from Cotonou to Nigeria is the continuation of clearing process from Cotonou to Nigeria. After all the official clearing protocols from our Benin Republic counterparts the car will be released through a programmed escort to Nigeria frontier where the whole process of another clearing will take place. The Nigeria Custom Officers are expected to carry out the official duties of this aspect of clearing. Clearing is normally from customs legal seats, where you will meet the officer in charge of evaluation, who will inform you of the actual duty cost of the particular car, then after all protocols observed you will be ask to pay certain amount, then your car will be released to you. But then you should have it in mind that Federal Government of Nigeria only allows not less than ten (10) years of cars manufactured.
The customs who warned potential buyer of fairly used imported vehicles to
always cross check evidence of duty payment from the dealers as well as customs formations at the appropriate point of entry, said any vehicle suspected to evaded duty payment would be impounded no matter how long it
has been in use by the owners.
The mere fact that a car was successfully smuggled and it was purchased by
an unsuspecting buyer who has put it into use for whatever number of years
does not invalidate the illegality of the import and so a vehicle can still be impounded upon detection.

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