Procedures of using mortgage loans to buy, ship and insure cars

Mortgage Loan

A legal agreement by which a bank, building society, etc. lends money at interest in exchange for taking title of the debtor’s property, with the condition that the conveyance of title becomes void upon the payment of the debt.

A mortgage loan can be a car loan if it is gotten for the sole purpose of buying a car.

Below are procedures to buy a car and ship it after taking your loan.

Procedures to buy your car from USA and ship

  1. Register with a car auction website or search on a car listing website:
    The first step is to decide if you want to buy from a car listing website like cars.com and autotrader.com or you want to buy from online car auctions like copart.com and iaai.com. If you are buying from cars.com or autotrader.com, all you need to do is search for the car of your choice. Don’t buy from private sellers if you don’t have someone you really trust who will go pay for and pick up the car on your behalf. It’s better to buy from the dealerships especially those that are LLC (Limited Liability Company) with good reviews. If you are buying from the dealerships, you can call them to make enquiries and seal the deal; jump to point 5.

Online car auction is also a safe and reliable way to buy your car across the Atlantic especially when you do not have a well trusted ally over there. Don’t make the mistake of sending your money to just any person or dealership. Most importantly, never send your money to family and friends that are not well trusted as they may use your money to pay rent. Some of these auction companies offer free registration while others charge $200 (N72,000) initial registration as well as annual subscription. A few of these online car auction sites are copart.com, auctionexport.com, iaai.com etc. You will also need to submit your identification card as well as other required documents in order to increase your bidding eligibility.

2. Learn and understand the common terms used in car auction:
This is very important as the technical terms are tools you require to make purchase decisions. You need to know the meaning of salvage title, clean title, buy it now, pure sale, enhanced vehicle, engine start program, run and drive etc. You also need a basic idea of the location of the states in USA so your story won’t be like that of a guy who bought a car in Oregon State thinking the car was in Orlando, Florida. He eventually paid additional $1,500 (N250,000) in shipping charges back in 2014. OYO is your case if you make such mistake today as you’ll have to cough out N540,000.

Note that you cannot export a car that does not have a valid title. You should only proceed to bid if the car’s title document is clean title, certificate of title or salvage title.

3. Search and select the car you want to buy:
This is the most tedious part of buying a car in Nigeria as you sometimes have to drive from Lagos to Ibadan in search of a car you may not like eventually. However, online auction gives you access to over 150,000 cars from your bedroom. Isn’t that interesting?

At this point, you really need to shine your eyes. This is where most people make mistakes as they fall in love with a car that looks spotless in picture. Thereby ignoring the fact that the vehicle narration states that it has had a front end accident. You may not see the front damage in the picture because the car may have been partially repaired by the insurance company before putting it up for bid. Hence, you have to pay attention to every single detail and don’t just look at a car on the surface.

Well, some car dealers in Nigeria don’t pay attention to details because they prefer to buy the scrappy accidented cars which are cheaper and they come fix them here. Make sure you do a Vehicle History/VIN check before you proceed to buy a car you believe you need to know more about. You can also engage the service of independent inspectors who would do a thorough inspection of the vehicle on your behalf. This inspection service comes at a cost of about $90.

4. Buy your car:
Some cars are listed as buy it now which means you can buy them at the displayed price immediately you spot them. However, other cars can only be purchased at a predetermined bid date. So you have to wait for that date and time to join the bid room (See video of Nigerians in the bid room).

When I get to this stage, I always pray this our Naija internet does not mess me up. I dumped Swift Network for Smile and dumped Smile network for Spectranet. Now, I use FiberOne and MTN as they are the best for my current location.

5. Pay for your car:
Bank wire transfer and debit/credit card are the 2 main options you can use to make your payment. The card payment is faster and cheaper, however, you’ll be restricted by maximum card limits and declined transactions on most Nigerian cards. Therefore, you are probably left with just the wire transfer. Buy dollar from the black market and send through your bank dollar account.

Furthermore, you have to initiate the transfer of the money as soon as possible so the dealer does not sell the car to another buyer. You also need to ensure you pay into their company account. No delay is also tolerated if you buy from the auction companies because you will be charged a penalty of $50 to $100 if the auction companies don’t get your money within 2-3 business days. Immediately they receive the money, they credit your car auction online account with the same amount. Hence, your payment for the car in processed and voila! the car is yours.

6. Ship your car from USA:
At this point, you or your shipping agent in USA will arrange a tow truck or flat bed to pick up the car and deliver at the closest US seaport. This cost may be as low as $100 and it may be as high as8 $2,500 if you buy your car in a state that is far away from the seaports oun the east coast.

8 simple steps to insure your car

Paying for car insurance these days are very ease. It is a simple as clicking a button on your laptop or mobile devices. This article provides 8 simple tips car insurers can buy auto insurance from different insurance companies.

1st Step: Research

It is very important to take your time to find out the available car insurance companies available to you. Find out which insurance agencies have the best insurance quotes and what special discounts or services they offer to their customers. If you are the busy type and think you don’t have time for this kind of research, then an independent insurance agent can to the legwork for you. Working with an experienced independent agent could result in a lower premium for the coverage selected.

2nd Step: how to decide what Coverage You Need

Before signing any insurance deal, the answers to the following questions should be considered as they will help to determine the type of insurance coverage you will need from the insurance company to protect your assets.

  1. What is your net worth?
  2. Do you own a home?
  3. Are you a business owner?
  4. Is your car a newer model or a few years older?

It’s important to know how much protection you require when making decisions about the amount and type of insurance coverage that is best for you. For example, choosing higher bodily injury and property damage liability insurance coverage limits will provide you with greater protection but will also increase your premium. Selecting higher deductibles will decrease your premium, because you will be responsible for a greater portion of the repair costs. There are many options to consider.

3rd Step: Know yourself and your Car

There are a list of items (factors) that may impact the insurance rate at which auto insurance is given to you. They include:

  1. Your driving records
  2. The record of other drivers on your policy
  3. The type of car you drive
  4. The age and/or value of your vehicle
  5. Anti-theft devices
  6. The distance you drive each year

Of course, you can correct bad driving habits. If you take an advanced driver training course, you may even be eligible for an auto insurance discount.

4th Step: Get Quotes from different Competiting insurance agencies

There are lots of insurance companies such as progressive car insurance. It is important to always get multiple insurance quotes and make sure you receive quotes for the same insurance coverage so that you are comparing the same insurance ratings from different insurance agencies. This is the only way to know if the price you’ve received is competitive. For example, when comparing costs, make sure that the policy length offered by each insurance company is the same so you’re not comparing a 6-month policy from one company to a 12-month policy from another company. After considering all the insurance company ratings and made your choice, remember to have all of your paperwork ready, including your current insurance policy, at the time you shop for insurance quotes. It will make the process move faster and your insurance quotes will be more accurate.

5th Step: Don’t make a decision based on price alone

Now that you know which insurance company offers the cheapest insurance ratings. The question that should be running through your mind is, are they the best choice for you? Other important measures of a good insurance company are customer satisfaction, claim handling, and financial strength. Ask around and listen to insurance stories, both good and bad, from friends and family. Visit insurers’ websites to see whether the company offers any special or unusual services, lists any customer satisfaction statistics, or mentions any independent ratings of claims performance or financial strength. You can also check third party websites that rank insurance companies, like A.M Best, before you decide.

6th Step: Read Your Policy Documents Before You Sign

You are responsible for the accuracy of your insurance application, so be sure that it is correct and complete before you sign it. In addition, your policy is a legal contract that spells out the conditions under which you can be paid for a claim. When you receive your policy, review it to be sure it reflects what you believe you purchased. If you have questions, don’t be afraid to ask the insurance agent, the insurance company, or your state insurance department.

7th Step: Payments

Car Insurance companies offer a variety of payment methods. To keep your costs low, pay your premium in full up front – you may receive a discount for doing so. If you choose to pay in instalments, set up an automatic recurring payment from your bank account. This may reduce payment fees and you’ll never have to worry about late payments.

8th Step: Go home with a smile on your face

Finally, enjoy knowing that you spent your time and money wisely doing research to ensure that you’re properly protected while driving. Many people rush into purchasing policies without knowing whether they are adequately covered. You’ll have a greater sense of confidence on the road knowing that you did your homework and that you are properly insured.

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