Getting your first car? We thought as much.

There are a few factors to be considered when purchasing your first car. Here are a few things to look out for when purchasing a car for the first time in Nigeria.

  • Affordability, 
  • Durability, 
  • Resale value,
  • Frugal gas mileage,
  • Spare parts availability, 
  • Where you reside,
  • Brand popularity.

You don’t want your car making a total mess of your already very busy schedule, denting huge holes in your pockets or leaving you stranded at very odd points, then you should consider buying one of these brands whose features have been proven over time to be user friendly.

We’d be highlighting a few starter cars suitable for first-time car buyers in the Nigerian market.

In no particular order, here’s a few smart choices of starter cars you can buy as a first-time buyer.

1. Toyota Corolla

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The Toyota Corolla is arguably one of the best starter cars in Nigeria due to its minimal fuel consumption. It is equally affordable and its parts are within easy reach in the Nigerian markets. The Toyota Corolla is reliable, very easy to maintain and mostly every Nigerian’s first option when buying their first car.

2. Toyota Camry

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The Toyota Camry is one of the most popular cars on Nigerian roads due to its exotic interior styling & high-tech features depending on the year/model. The Toyota Camry is also very easy to maintain and stands a chance for luxury when furnished adequately and able to satisfy any category of buyer. The Toyota Camry is affordable, has a low servicing charge and its parts are very much accessible in the Nigerian market.

3. Honda Accord

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The Honda Accord is another choice of starter sedan cars you can purchase. 

The Honda Accord isn’t as popular as the Toyota Corolla however, it is equally affordable and has a low maintenance cost.

The Honda Accord is highly requested though it habitually loses its ball joint and suspension while in motion the newer models have been adjusted.

It has reasonable fuel efficiency and its parts are equally available at one’s disposal.

4. Toyota RAV4

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SUVs aren’t left out and the Toyota RAV4 is one of the few SUVs from Toyota you’d definitely love to own. The Toyota RAV4 is rugged, stylish yet dependable with a sporty finish. RAV4 meaning Recreational Activity Vehicle 4-wheel is also known for its fuel economy, overall handling and affordability amongst other SUVs.

5. Honda CR-V

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The Honda CR-V is also one of the few SUVs that promises to be a darling. The Honda CR-V is budget-friendly and also has a low maintenance cost. The Honda CR-V is handy and highly recommended due to its user-friendliness and handling on rugged roads.

6. Toyota Sienna

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The Toyota Sienna is yet another product from Toyota and this is suitable for large families and business owners due to its ability to commute large families or goods from one destination to another. The Toyota Sienna can adequately cater for up to 8 people without any form of discomfort. The Sienna is equally affordable and has a low maintenance cost.

7. Toyota Matrix

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The Toyota Matrix is one of the most preferred starter cars for millennials in Nigeria. The Toyota Matrix is equally affordable with minimal fuel consumption and its spare parts are easily accessible. However, The Toyota Matrix has been discontinued in 2013/2014 but you can purchase the lower year models.

8. Hyundai Sonata

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The Hyundai Sonata is one of the few starter cars representing the Asian continents. It is known for its very low fuel consumption though it is not widely known and appreciated in the Nigerian market. The Hyundai Sonata is hardly the first option for every first-time buyer but if you’re strictly on budget, The Hyundai Sonata is a good option to opt for.

Now, with their newer models, The Hyundai Sonata keeps getting better and it offers drivers good build quality, more spacious interior and good drive time.

9. Pontiac Vibe

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The Pontiac Vibe is also one of the few starter cars in Nigeria every millennial would love to own. The Pontiac Vibe has major similarities with the Toyota Matrix though the Pontiac vibe is very much underrated compared to the Toyota Matrix they’re majorly composed of the same characteristics.

The Pontiac Vibe was also discontinued in 2010.

The Pontiac Vibe is budget-friendly and Its fuel consumption is quite minimal while the cost of servicing and maintenance is fair.

Final Thoughts

We’re sure you’d also want to know where to get quality cars at the best prices and be able to enjoy the car for a while before it develops a fault.

Here at Betacar, we sell quality certified cars at the best prices and be rest assured you’re getting the best from us.

Also, all our cars are thoroughly screened with a 200-point quality check to ascertain the quality of the car and we also offer a 1-month warranty on our engines and gears.

We also offer car financing options i.e you can buy your dream car and spread payment up to 3 years.

For more details on how to purchase your dream car as a first-time buyer in Nigeria or you want to apply for our car financing option, Kindly visit

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