Buying a used electric car: all you need to know

Do you want to take the plunge towards electric mobility but your budget doesn’t necessarily allow you to buy a new model? Why not turn to a second-hand model?

The Volkswagen e-Golf, one of the 100% electric compacts available on the second-hand market.

With the new environmental standards, the legislator is pushing both manufacturers and consumers to turn to models advertised as being more environmentally friendly. Today, the preferred solution seems to be the 100% electric car, although a transition period over several years will begin to introduce this technology.

If you’re thinking about changing your car now, you’ve probably wondered whether an electric car is a wise choice. If so, you’ve probably ventured to the websites of some manufacturers to discover the different models on offer. Unfortunately, prices have quickly cooled you down even though, for most cars, there’s still the bonus system that allows you to reduce the final bill by around 6,000 euros if the purchase price doesn’t exceed 45,000 euros.

In any case, you are not prepared to pay around 25,000 euros for a new electric car, so it is difficult to find a new electric car at these prices. Nevertheless, there has been a second-hand market for electric cars for some years now.As with internal combustion models, this is an opportunity to buy cheaper cars than new ones, and as with models with a combustion engine, there are criteria to be taken into account when buying a second-hand electric car. We will go through the essential criteria together.

Determine your needs

Before you start buying an electric car, new or used, think first about determining your needs and the use you will make of it. This advice also applies to internal combustion vehicles, when you determine the choice of energy. If, for example, your car is only used for daily commutes, an electric model is largely feasible, especially since recent models, most of which are also available in used cars, can easily claim between 200 and 300 kilometres on a single charge, if not more.

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For example, a Renault Zoé ZE40 really boasts a range of around 280 kilometres, the Volkswagen e-Golf around 250 kilometres and the second-generation Nissan Leaf around 300 kilometres. As you can see, there’s plenty of room to use the car for everyday journeys and even a little more if you like it.

With a reduced range and a charging network that is still confidential on motorways, it is currently still quite complicated for those who travel around France to get a second-hand electric car.Only the Tesla models, with their long range and, above all, a reliable and dense recharging network, can convince the big drivers, but the prices on the second-hand market remain relatively high. 40,000 to 50,000 euros, for example, depending on different criteria (mileage, options, battery, etc.) for a 2015 Tesla Model S.

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