Buying a used electric car

Electric vehicles have come a long way in a short period of time, with the step from fantasy to reality being overcome by some of the most recognisable manufacturers in the world. From the likes of Nissan and Toyota through to names like Jaguar, Volvo and Tesla, the biggest of big hitters in the automotive industry are investing heavily in the world of electric motoring. As such, there’s now greater choice than ever before, and subsequently a second-hand market that provides plenty of opportunity to experience electric driving first hand.

Advantages and disadvantages

Like any used car, a pre-owned electric vehicle demands careful consideration and full assessment of the benefits and drawbacks of buying. The obvious advantages relate to the purchase price, with used electric cars available for a fraction of the cost of a brand-new edition. What’s more, when purchased through a suitable dealership, you can take advantage of affordable rates of financing that let you spread the cost into manageable repayments, making them even better value.

As well as the purchase price, you can also look forward to the on-going benefits associated with electric power. Improved running costs, exemption from road tax and congestion charges, and fewer maintenance issues all ensure you can invest soundly in a suitable model. Take into consideration all the monetary benefits, and buying a used electric car represents a low-risk investment.

Of course, you should also be aware that buying any pre-owned vehicle means there may be some issues to overcome - at least, if you’re buying privately or from a less reputable source. In such cases, you should always be certain to check the condition of the battery and any remaining warranty. Most electric cars come with an eight-year battery warranty, which guarantees it will perform to at least 70% of its capacity. While electric car batteries do degrade over time and are unable to charge to the same levels as brand-new ones, there’s still plenty of range to be found.

Where to find a used electric car?

As noted already, if you’re looking for the utmost peace of mind when buying a used electric car, you should purchase from a reputable dealership. At Affordable Cars, we only sell those models that adhere to the most stringent of checklists. Plus, we conduct thorough health and performance inspections prior to sale, and all vehicles come backed by a comprehensive warranty and breakdown cover.

You can get in touch with a member of the Affordable Cars team in Yorkshire today to learn more about investing in a pre-owned electric or hybrid car. Our team of experts will be able to answer any questions you may have and help source the ideal model to suit you.