Photos: The type of used and cheap cars that are good for transportation business.

Posted: Jul 24, 2015 in Car Reviews
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Before you start a transport business, you should consider among other things:

1. A vehicle that is relatively cheap to buy, maintain and SAVES GAS.

2. Vehicles whose parts are easy to source

3. Get a good mechanic for the type of car you intend to buy.

Below, I listed (but not exhaustive) of vehicles that are good for transportation business. I used Nigeria as a reference because not all car can withstand our climate, and bad roads without spending a fortune to fix.

Taxi business (Town Service):

1. Volkwagen: avoid 1.3L engines

a. Jetta:

Photo credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen

Photo credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen

Pros: Good fuel economy, cheap maintenance, rugged, and speedy.
cons: Low safety devices(no airbag in some), oil switch gets bad easily, “velocity” may pull out if not well maintained, door handle gets bad easily, roof may go bad(remember this model is old and even if you buy tokunbo, some parts have well passed expiration date. In all, it is a good car.

golf

VW Golf 2 and Golf 3 (MK3)

It is said that if you cannot maintain this golf, you cannot maintain another car.

Pros: Good fuel economy, cheap maintenance, rugged, and speedy.

cons: Fuel Tank is flat so, dont run on low tank or your car will go of due to fuel flowing out of reach of fuel pump, Low safety devices(no airbag in some), oil switch gets bad easily, “velocity” may pull out if not well maintained, door handle gets bad easily, roof may go bad(remember this model is old and even if you buy tokunbo, some parts have well passed expiration date. In all, it is a good car.

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VW Golf 3 (MK3)

1996-2000 Volkswagen Sharan/Ford Galaxy/Seat Alhambra:

VW Sharon, Ford Galaxy and Seat Alhambra are vans made when Volkswagen Ag partnered with Ford and they were made in Portugal. Their parts are similar too. They (manual transmission) come in 1.8T, 2.0L, 2.3L and 2.8VR6 engines.
Pros: Good fuel economy, cheap to maintain, dual airbag.

Con: AVOID AUTOMATIC DRIVES. Avoid VR6 (6cylinders) if you want better fuel mileage. Door handles gets bad easily, roof may go bad.

Others are VW Passat, VW Transporter (danfo) etc.

Mazda 323:

Mazda-Lantis

Pros: Good fuel economy, cheap maintenance, rugged, and speedy.
cons: Low safety devices(no airbag in some), In all, it is a good car.Engine wears down and smokes between 8-1.2years of constant use.

mazda 323 1

mazda 323 22I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THIS MODEL.

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Cons: The headlight is retractable but any malfunction or accident(frontal impact) can make permanently open is close.

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Pros: Good fuel economy, cheap maintenance, front airbags, cosy look and soft stearing, In all, it is a good car.

mazda indomie

This model has about four types (oldest to newest). Choose this one you can see the picture- Avoid the type whose rear light has round design (a newer model of course) and its steering has Volume control (“+” ” -” “Select”) as Coil, plug, fuel pump/injector is their major problems

Cons: Engine wears down and smokes between 8-1.2years of constant use.

Haulage Business

a. Truck: We recommend 2000 Scania 113 By 320 Long Chassis lorry. This Swedish truck (although now owned by Volkswagen AG), is rugged and cheaper maintain than Volvo, Mack and other makes in the same vehicle type.

The truck head is priced between 4-5million Naira. The container construction to be attached to it can cost another 2-4million.

This model has different engines but we recommend 93M (written in front of the vehicle) and the tucks with this engine usually come in 6 tires.

There is also the 91M powerful engine. This is more powerful than the 93M and trucks with that engines come in 10 tires.

b. Sand/stones Haulage:

We recommend 1970-1989 Mercedes Benz L Series ( 911, 1413, 1113,1513, 911, 1517 and 1529). We recommend the ” 911″. The “9” represents the tonnage, while “11(0)” represents the horsepower of the engine of that truck. Therefore “911” is 9-tonnes, 110bhp tipper.

This truck has lifted many Nigerians from to riches.

A tipper (truck head and bucket) costs about N5-6million.

Other recommended trucks are: Mack, M.A.N. etc but these may be more expensive.

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