Research shows vehicle maintenance increased by 12 times yearly

•As firm introduces platform to mitigate challenge

An independent research by an online automobile spare parts platform, has revealed significant increase in maintenance visits of vehicles from four times to 12 times yearly due to substandard new spare parts.

The platform, 234 said each of those visits involve a part replacement purchase. Consequently, the presence of substandard new spare parts increases as the manufacturers of these foreign used cars discontinue production of some of the car’s parts.

Speaking on this development, Chief Marketing Officer of the firm, Mrs Eniola Alli- Ayodele, said the firm is an online platform for the automobile spare parts sector and has for almost two years, served as a connecting point for spare parts dealers, auto workshops and car owners.

“From our research, with the influx of foreign used cars in Nigeria; usually over five years old at the time of their arrival, there is now a significant increase in maintenance visits from four times to 12 times annually.

She said the firm has introduced an online platform for the automobile sector, to connect spare parts buyers and sellers, dealers, auto workshops and car owners.

“The need for genuine auto spare parts gave birth to site” she said. According to her, the current focus of the platform is to hold the largest inventory of both used and new automotive spare parts in Nigeria, and increase access to the platform by using its rich data and insights to organise the fragmented spare parts industry.”

She said the business, would in the coming months penetrate other major cities in the nation, and on-board additional spare parts dealers after a rigorous verification process.

“This new development promises to create an opportunity for OEMs and genuine spare parts vendors to compete while also increasing the chances of car owners getting guaranteed parts.” she noted.

In his remarks, Managing Director, 234, Godson Madu, said the website – boasts of over 370,000 car part listings with 28,000 unique products from over 6,000 spare parts dealers across major spare part markets in Ladipo, Tin Can, Ojuelegba in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Kano and Port Harcourt.

In his words: “234 inventory ranges from auto parts, lubricants, batteries, tools, wheels and tyres.”Madu disclosed that the website is very easy to navigate and has been designed to make the process of buying quality replacement of parts easy and convenient by providing multiple spare parts options and price comparison to owners, while also enhancing the product visibility of the spare part dealers.

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