Nigerian car mechanics are experiencing a subtle shift within the automotive repair industry. Traditionally known for their expertise in servicing cars, an increasing number of these mechanics have been redirecting their skills and attention towards driving Keke (tricycle) and Okada (motorcycle) to make ends meet.
As the Nigerian economy has been hurt with different challenges including the unified exchange rate and the hike in fuel price, this has influenced living cost which has caused a drastic drop in business and in turn affected the demand for car repair services. The automotive industry was severely devastated, compelling them to urgently search for alternative avenues of revenue.
In this concise article, we will look into some reasons behind this transformation and the reasons for auto mechanics shift into the transportation industry.
Motorists are abandoning their cars due to fuel hikes
Rising fuel prices are leading motorists to abandon their cars in favor of more affordable alternatives like public transport, trekking, and carpooling. The strain on budgets has shifted consumer preferences, encouraging sustainable transportation options such as the use of Keke and Okada for short-distance travel. Businesses are also reevaluating delivery strategies due to fuel expenses, while some individuals are moving closer to work and amenities to reduce commuting costs.
As fuel hikes cause a decline in car ownership, auto mechanics are facing reduced business opportunities. To cope with the harsh economy, many mechanics are shifting to keke and okada transportation, so as to tackle the harsh economy.
To tap the rising keke and okada market
As keke and okada transportation demand rises, auto mechanics are seizing the opportunity to tap into this market. This is because of its ease of maneuverability in congested areas and quicker travel times are key factors driving the shift in transportation preferences towards these vehicles. Their compact size allows them to navigate through narrow streets and heavy traffic, making them practical choices for urban commuting.
For Auto mechanics who are now faced with business declines, becoming keke and okada drivers provides a viable source of livelihood as commuters are now drawn to the efficiency and time-saving benefits offered by kekes and okadas, particularly during peak hours.
To keep up with high cost of living
Another reason auto mechanics are finding respite by switching to driving keke and okada is because it helps them to sustain their livelihoods and tackle the high cost of living. As the fuel hike has put a significant strain on their incomes, transitioning to kekes and okadas has helped them keep up with the rising cost.
The fuel hike has had a huge impact on the economy which has made it too expensive for many people to drive their cars leading to little or no repairs and in turn forcing the mechanics to dabble into new sources of income.
To diversify their income
Transitioning to driving keke and okada to secure an additional source of livelihood has helped to tackle the challenges posed by the high cost of living and the drop in their car repair business, thus diversifying their income streams.
This has helped mechanics mitigate the impact of economic uncertainties and fluctuating customer demands in the car repair industry providing them with a stable and flexible income option. This diversification offers them a buffer against economic volatility and ensures a more stable financial future.
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