Emma Okonji

Nigeria’s technology-driven auto startup, Cars45, has partnered Africa’s top auto maintenance/repair and training facilitators, Automedics Limited, to boost job creation for auto technicians and engineers in the fast growing local used-car sales and maintenance market, using modern technology initiatives.

Cars45’s innovative business model focusses on the used-car market and creates value by ensuring potential sellers get paid for their cars in less than an hour.

This is made possible through its easy-to-use online portal, www.cars45.com; vehicle owners simply input their car details for quotation. Following that, an appointment is scheduled at any of Cars45’s 15 inspection centres spread across Lagos and Abuja and Port Harcourt.

Evaluation of the physical or aesthetics, mechanical and electrical status of the vehicle is done by certified Automedics technicians and engineers. They check the year of manufacture, mechatronics status, the electrical architecture’s integrity, such as the wiring-harness, body work, among others.

After the exhaustive practical evaluation, Cars45 makes the seller an offer which is based on the evaluation result. If the offer is accepted, Cars45 pays the amount into the owner’s bank account within 45 minutes.

The synergy with Automedics will inevitably help increase job opportunities for auto specialists because of our aggressive expansion programme over the next few months. This commitment is to further provide consumers with robust and transparent feedback when dealing with the historically abused average locally-used car seller.

Speaking on the game-changing partnership, the Chief Executive Officer of Cars45, Etop Ikpe, said: “We are very excited to kick-start this value proposition. As a Nigerian car user it cansometimes be hard to get reliable experts in the auto industry and our overall goal is to expand the tech and automobile ecosystem, by ensuring that we have capable and certified hands to do any form of car valuation. We are confident that this partnership will help us have a verifiable database of used cars in Nigeria and further change the way locally-used cars are sold in country.”
He added that Cars45 currently has 15 centres around Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt to serve our fast-growing customers.”

The CEO of Automedics Limited, Kunle Shonaike said: “This is a mutually beneficial business collaboration that will add value to the locally used second-hand auto market.”