Why a used EV can be a smart choice
With so many exciting new electric vehicles (EVs) now available in B.C., along with government incentives, many early EV adopters are trading up. This means there are plenty of good used EVs becoming available. So if you can't stretch to the upfront cost of a new EV, fear not. If you shop carefully, there are some great battery-powered bargains when buying an EV in B.C.
Used EVs are cheaper for two reasons: EV technology is continually advancing and people are uncertain about what to do if they go wrong. But with far fewer moving parts than a gas-powered vehicle, a well-cared for EV should theoretically last a lot longer. One Tesla Model S driver, for instance, claims that his odometer reached 1.2 million miles. Here are the pros and cons of buying a used EV, along with some key considerations when you find one you like.
If you've found an EV that meets your needs, be sure to get a mechanic to do an inspection and history check before making the purchase. This should include an assessment to determine the state of the battery, which could cost you thousands of dollars if it needs to be replaced.
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Pros and cons
Where to buy
Where can you buy a used EV in B.C.?
Used EVs are available from the same three main channels as any other car – private sellers, used car dealers and certified used – but with some noteworthy differences.
This is usually the cheapest route and gives you direct access to the current owner to ask any questions. However, while the manufacturer warranty might transfer to you, there won't be any other warranties or money back guarantees. Consider contacting enthusiast groups for the model(s) you're interested in via Facebook or their website. You never know, there might be a member with a well-cared-for example for sale.
Used car dealers
Used dealers will usually be more expensive than going private and will likely have limited knowledge of the specific vehicle you're interested in – although there are specialist used EV dealers popping up. They may have more choice available and might be able to offer a limited warranty.
Certified used EVs from a manufacturer dealership are usually the most expensive, but carefree way to go. These EVs often have low mileages, clean titles and have undergone a proper inspection. They can also come with a money back guarantee and the rest of the original warranty.
Test drive it
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