Promise Alpha is a dealer in mini tokunbo buses in his responses to the frequently asked questions trailing an article titled Keke Okada Ban: Mini bus Korope now the beautiful Bride provided answers bothering the minds of potential investors on the minibuses during an interview with this online newspaper Kosofe Post, this week.
What are the two brands of tokunbo mini buses in Nigeria?
As of now, there are so many brands of mini-buses on the streets of Lagos. The most popular and the most used brands are Suzuki Every and Daihatsu Hijet. Suzuki Every as the name implies is a Suzuki product while Daihatsu Hijet is a product associated with Toyota brand.
Both are durable and they have high fuel efficiency. Both are always a good option when buying a tokunbo or foreign used mini-bus in terms of maintenance. The parts are readily available in every part of the country.
What are the factors that determine the price of mini bus in Nigeria?
When it comes to the price of mini bus, the year of production doesn’t matter much. Most times, it doesn’t matter at times. The factor that determines the price is the transmission. Manual transmission mini buses are always more costly than their automatic transmission counterpart.
You may be wondering, why is manual transmission more costly than automatic transmission? These mini buses were not produced for Africans, that’s why they always produce limited quantities of the manual transmission, according to economics, when demand is scarce, the price tends to escalate.
Both the manual transmission and automatic transmission are all good, None comes with higher performance or specifications.
Is it true that they are imported as scraps or cut into pieces?
Yes, they are imported in bits to reduce the cost of importation and also reduce the retail price to the lowest minimum.
The height of these buses is far too long for a container. If you fix one in the container, everywhere will be occupied and this will increase the cost of shipping the bus to the country.
After the initial coupling, will it develop faults later?
Personally, I used the best fabricators and welders to weld the parts together. I have been in this line of business for so long and no one has complained of any issues bordering on the welded part. The summary of the matter is that they won’t develop any fault at any of the welded parts.
Is it true that it comes with a right-hand drive?
Yes, as mentioned earlier, these buses were not produced for Nigerians, it was produced for some Asian countries and that’s why they come with right-hand drive. Once they are imported, the mechanics will carry out the conversion. There is nothing to worry about because the conversion is always neatly done and you won’t have any issues with the steering.
What’s the price of tokunbo Suzuki Every and Hijet in Nigeria?
The price of tokunbo Suzuki Every and Hijet mini bus in Nigeria depends on the transmission. For an automatic transmission, it was sold for 700,000 Naira to 800,000 Naira, but due to the Corona Virus pandemic and the devaluation of the Naira, there was a price hike.
The new price now ranges from 750,000 to 900,000 Naira. Note, you may not get anyone at the rate of 750k as of now.
For the Manual transmission, you can get a sound one for as low as 800,000 Naira to 1,000,000 Naira. The price hike is a result of three different issues which are the Corona Virus pandemic, devaluation of the Naira, and Okada Ban.
For a mini bus with 4 plugs engine, you will get it at a rate of 1, 200, 000 Naira.
Do you advice for private or commercial use that the mini bus are good alternative to Okada and Keke Marwa?
I will advise you to buy a mini bus, It’s durable and easy to maintain.