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How To Become a Vulcanizer in Nigeria

Not every driver can change a car tyre. Though not a big deal, every driver needs a Vulcanizer. Changing and sealing of car tires is the job specialization of Vulcanizers.

Call it a dirty jobs, but how does that matter when it puts food on the table and keeps life going? Then, it’s good business. Vulcanizing business is good business and for your car and car tyres to be road-worthy and safe to drive, you must visit the Vulcanizer’s shade.

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Vulcanizer business entails the fixing, pumping and gauging of car tires for people. In this business, you will be involved in remove a rim from tires, then the tyre, pump a tyre itself, ready for inspection and sealing and/or pumping.

How To Become a Vulcanizer in Nigeria

How To Become a Vulcanizer in Nigeria

A Vulcanizer is one that pumps tyres by the roadside. Vulcanizer work can be started by any age group, maybe (16yrs), the business does not really need that special experience, but you have to be very careful In order not to cause undue damage to other important parts of the tyre.

The job might look small, discouraging and unattractive in nature.  An average Vulcanizer in Nigeria makes at least N2000 a day if the business is not really flowing well. Instead of staying idle, you can start this business and make a living for yourself and family.

How Profitable is a Vulcanizer Business in Nigeria

Every business has the potential to be attractive if you put your effort and creativity into it. Therefore, you must have a passion for whatever you do.

To give your very best to it.  There’s a great opportunity in this business for anyone who decides to take it to another level.

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The spirit of entrepreneurship is the ability to spot golden opportunities. The rates charged vary from one Vulcanizer to the other, the flat rate #70 a tyre.

An average Vulcanizer pumps at least thirty (30) tyres a day. A serious Vulcanizer much money due to his commitment to duty, some drivers even pay more if a decent job is delivered.

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Cost and Financial Requirements for Vulcanizer Business in Nigeria

Usually, starting a business begins with an idea, once you think the idea is good enough to build a profitable business you kick off. Starting the doesn’t really require much, firstly let’s look into the capital, the amount needed to start this business can be said to be among the least.

All you need is about N50,000 to get a pumping machine, sets of spanners, pliers, blade, glue, adhesive and other materials such as sealants, tubes etc.

Vulcanizing Machines, Equipment and Tools

You cannot operate a vulcanizing business without a tire pumping machine.

You can get a new one for about N35,000 If you cannot afford a brand pumping machine as described above, then, simply get a fairly-used.

This is much less expensive. Without the air pumping machine of your own, you cannot operate this business.

There are various brands of air pumping machines used for vulcanizing business in the market. They come in different shapes, sizes and prices. Some new machines come with in-built generators which propels it to pump out the needed air.

If you get an air pumping machine without an inbuilt generator, then you must get an external source of power supply to run the business effectively.

Training and Certification to Become a Vulcanizer

Vulcanizing business is one of the businesses that does not really require months or years to learn. In at least two (2) weeks of apprenticeship, you can easily learn the trade and become a trained Vulcanizer in Nigeria.

All you have to do is to undergo an apprenticeship training under a veteran Vulcanizer.

After you must have acquired the necessary skills, the next line of action is to settle for a good location. Get a spot by the highway or major road where you could be regularly noticed and patronized. Aside from working on deflated tyres, you can also sell tyre spare parts and general vehicle accessories thus, boosting your daily income.

Business Sustainability and Profitability

As said earlier, every business has the potential to be attractive and great if you put your effort and creativity into it. I see a great opportunity in this business for you to succeed as an entrepreneur in this field. You can even make hundreds or thousands of naira daily from this business if you are serious about it.

Keeping a profitable business has to do with how much you can manage. It also involves your income amidst expenses that may set in at intervals and your capacity to manage risks.

You must be very calculative and avoid incurring unnecessary expenses. Also, have daily savings.

Again, try to keep your business healthy by maintaining a good customer relationship. Make customer’s satisfaction your utmost priority. Be punctual and regular to work.

Always be available when needed and ensure that your customers always meet you ready to work. Get good working tools/equipment and ensure that they are in a good working condition.

Avoiding A Car Tyre Bursts as a Vulcanizer

You must have noticed or witnessed numerous cases of car tire bursts in Nigeria recently. What do you think is responsible for this? Over-inflation of the tires by Vulcanizers which produces excess pressure on car tyres.

This, aside from expired tires and pin-in-the tyres is the cause of car tyre bursts in Nigeria. What also causes tires burst in Nigeria is using the wrong tyre size in a vehicle.

Every car tire has a recommended manufacturer’s pumping air pressure which must not be violated. This is stated clearly by the by the drivers’ door of the car. The air pressure could be 29, 33 or 50.

Smaller vehicles have lower pumping air pressure rating, as compared with bigger vehicles, trucks, and machined cars. So, do not accept over-pimping of your tires to avoid burst.

Tyres are rubber products which expand with an increase in temperature. The temperature within a car tire expands more during the daytime when the asphalt on the road gets hotter. This results in an increased pressure in/on the car tyre.

When it gets too much and exceeds its carrying capacity, the tire is likely to burst.

Please, endure that you check the recommended tyre pressure for your car before pumping it next time. The recommended tyre pressure for the average automobile ranges from 29 to 45. This, however, depends on the size of your car tyre.

Stick to manufacturers’, not Vulcanizer’s recommendations. Knowing the size and pressure level of your car tire will go a long way in saving you cost and life(s).

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