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Main Reasons Why Old Honda Civic Cars are Still Popular in Nigeria

Super clean 2013 Honda Civic
Super clean 2013 Honda Civic

If you’ve casually looked through Tokunbo car dealerships in Nigeria, you’ll probably notice an abundance of older Honda Civics. For many car dealers in Nigeria, Tokunbo cars are their speciality, and many of them focus on selling used Honda Civic vehicles than the new models. 

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Honda Civics are surprisingly popular cars, and that’s probably because they interest many different types of people and drivers. 

But why are old Civics seem to be so popular even in 2023?

The Honda Civic Has Undeniable Reliability

One reason that we see Honda Civics on the road so often is that they are truly reliable. With very little maintenance Civics are known to go well over 200,000 miles. It makes sense that we see older Civics on the road as both enthusiast cars and first-time driver cars. They are inexpensive to buy, and inexpensive to maintain, and chances are you won’t ever need expensive repairs regardless of how many miles you put on the car.

Honda Civics have a lot of variety, from hatchbacks to normal sedans, and that versatility opens them up to a lot of buyers. There are sportier trim packages or trim packages that make the car a little bit more luxurious, but chances are whatever you are looking for you will find a year and trim of Civic, unless you’re looking for an expensive luxury car or SUV, which obviously you can’t get with these.

You can find used Civics on the market cheaper than the typical new models, and that makes it a great time for a first-time car enthusiast who is looking to learn more about working on their own car, or a first-time driver who cannot afford the latest and more expensive cars.

Old Honda Civic Cars Are Customizable

Top Reasons Why The 2020 Honda Civic Is Better Than The Mazda 3
Top Reasons Why The 2020 Honda Civic Is Better Than The Mazda 3

Honda Civics aren’t just inexpensive to buy and maintain, you can modify them and customize them even on a budget. Honda Civics is the go-to for low-budget vehicles because you can build the motor up without breaking your bank account. They are also common enough that there are a lot of aftermarket parts for the car, so you can customize them from front to back inside and out in any fashion you could choose.

They are also an unfortunately good candidate for engine swaps, as their engine bays are spacious enough to put an LS motor out of a Corvette with just a little bit of modification. The stock engine itself is sturdy enough to support aftermarket boost from a turbocharger, and if worst-case scenario you do blow the motor, a complete replacement isn’t that expensive either.


Buying an older Honda Civic isn’t what most people dream of, but they can be a good car for the right person, and because they are so reliable and affordable you can continue to own and drive them long past what you could expect from other cars.

Written by Amaefule Precious

A content writer with experience across various niches, and one of them includes interest in writing about cars.

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