Prospective car buyers have been advised to patronise online platforms for convenience, safety, affordability, and to avoid the stress and hazards associated with physical searching and final purchase.

According to OLX, an online classified platform, adopting the traditional system of buying cars, where the buyer is actively involved in the entire process, may have its own weaknesses such as multiple trips to car dealers for checks, which could be stressful and time consuming as well as present higher cost. Online stores offer best alternatives to relieve customers of these challenges, the company said in a statement.

“The emergence of online classified platforms like OLX simplify the process while buyers can view several cars for sale with information on their specs, price, brand and model all from the comfort of their homes,” they noted.

They said patronising online platforms for automobiles would enable shoppers to get the best deal available in the market, make better informed decisions, as well as get cheap bargains.

Recounting his experience, an online shopper, Opeluwa said, “OLX had proven to be a handy website at the time when a few friends and I were interested in taking out a lease in Lagos. I noticed then that the website had a vibrant automobile section, so I took a look and eventually purchased the car.”

Opeluwa added that his experience using the platform was seamless. “The prices on the platform were very reasonable and the most amazing thing is that I have not had a problem with the car since I bought it.”

He also admitted that the online marketplace, like other sites, has had its share of scammers but noted that with the safety measures recently being implemented by the management of OLX such as physical verification, collaboration with the police, amongst others, scamming may no longer be trending.