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The Ultimate Guide to Buying Electric Cars Second-Hand

Posted on the 22 April 2018 by Mountain Publishing @mountainpublish

In recent years, electric vehicles have become a more practical transportation solution for motorists. While EVs used to be considered a luxury ride for the elite, better quality designs are making these vehicles more accessible to the general population. Now, you can run an electric motor for hours on a single charge without worrying about breaking down. Unfortunately, many of the best electric vehicles are still significantly more expensive than their gas counterparts.

Customers who are looking for an electric vehicle without a hefty price tag attached may want to consider looking at used electric cars. Used EVs are cheap, come along with tax breaks, and are currently flooding the market at unprecedented prices. If you’re looking for an eco-friendly car that’s within your price range, here are some tips on how to find the perfect used EV.

Research the Make and Model

When purchasing any car, it’s important to familiarise yourself with the details of any particular models you like. This is especially important with electric vehicles, as they haven’t been available on the market for long. There can be drastic differences between cars from the same company, or even between different years. While older EVs may be cheaper, many of them aren’t capable of holding a charge for as long as newer models. You can find comparison tools online that help you to look at factors such as price, safety ratings, emissions, and more.

Check the Battery

When buying a gasoline vehicle, there are plenty of things to check for under the hood. Fuel pumps, transmissions, pistons, and oil filters and more can affect how a car runs. Electric vehicles operate a little bit differently, however. When looking at used EVs, you should ask the owner or dealership for information on the battery and its warranty. You should also include a charging session when test driving your vehicle to make sure that the battery hasn’t degraded. A healthy battery should charge relatively quickly and hold a charge for the appropriate amount of time depending on the car model.

Buying a used car is never easy, especially when it comes to eco-friendly options. With a little bit of research, however, you can find the perfect EV for you. Electric cars are becoming more and more of a financially viable option for families everywhere, regardless of budget.

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