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There Has Never Been A Better Time To Buy A Used Electric Car And Get Rid Of Your Polluting Petrol Or Diesel Car
Let’s face it. Not everyone can afford a brand new car, making buying a used car, a compelling alternative. With the continued, rapid increase in the sales of new electric cars in the UK, the used EV market has benefited.
The continued introduction of new EV models, like the Tesla Model 3, is also fuelling the rapid growth of the used car market and making more used EVs available. So, why should you be thinking about buying a used electric car today?
The Top Reason For Buying A Used Electric Car: Low Prices
As with conventional petrol or diesel cars, price and affordability remains the top reason to buy a used EV. Electric cars have shown a similar profile of depreciation to traditional cars, with depreciation levels between 30% to 60%. This offers potential EV drivers an excellent opportunity for bargain hunting, as not all EVs depreciate at the same rate.
Like petrol cars, the level of depreciation of an electric car is influenced by a number of factors, including: model popularity, new car introductions, the maintenance of the vehicle etc. As an example, the Renault Zoe has witnessed depreciation levels up to 60%, while the Tesla Model S has depreciated by 32% for a similar period.
Check The Used EV Has A Battery Warranty
Most used EVs come with long battery warranties, and with the battery as part of the purchase (i.e. the battery is not leased separately). The exceptions to this are some of the older electric car models, such as the Zoe and Nissan Leaf. Always check the warranty period and lease (if any) of a used electric car before purchasing.
Should I Buy A Used Electric Car Now?
If you prefer saving money, as most of us do, then why wait to transition from an expensive polluting petrol or diesel car to a zero emission, lower running cost EV? EVs are cheaper overall, so making the switch now could save you in the short and long term.
For example, a Hyundai Kona diesel is significantly more expensive to run per mile than the Hyundai Kona Electric. Electric power costs 3.8p per mile compared to diesel at 9.4p per mile, a massive difference of 5.6p!
Other benefits of a used EV over a conventional engine car are:
- lower maintenance costs,
- lower parking fees,
- lower to nil congestion charge (in cities like London),
- lower to zero road tax and no ULEZ.
You will also benefit from the government grant for home charging, making your used EV that much more affordable.
Though the reasons above should ‘electrify’ you into action, another reason that is also worth noting is that, as the demand for EVs continues to increase, the competition between potential buyers to acquire a used electric car will increase. This only means one thing: more demand = higher prices!
Helpful Tips For Buying A Used EV
Choose An EV That Suits Your Range Needs
Be practical when looking at buying a used EV. Start by identifying what you need your electric car to be capable of. Is it for short distances, like the daily school run? Or is it for a longer commute to work?
This will have an influence on the choice of used EV as the range capabilities of each model differ. Certainly, most used electric cars should be able to meet most of your range requirements. Also many workplaces are also installing charging points for employees, so you can charge at home and work.
Also make sure you have a place to park and charge your car at home. Buy a car that comfortably fits in your driveway or garage!
Avoid The Cheapest Used EV
Do not go for the cheapest used electric car as some of the more expensive used EVs will provide better value longer term. ‘Cheapest’ now might be more costly in the longer term.
In particular, when looking at costs for used EVs, look at the battery capacity and performance. Like a fuel tank, the larger the battery capacity, the longer the range of travel. Also look carefully on how well the battery keeps its charge. Over time, like with any other type of battery, degradation, the reduction in performance is inevitable. So be smart and make sure you do not need to replace the battery.
Replacing an electric car battery can be as expensive as £5,000, if not more. If the battery might need replacing soon, check the battery warranty. In most cases the battery warranty is much longer than the EV warranty. Most used electric car batteries will have an eight year warranty, but in some recent models this has been reduced to five years.
Ready To Buy A Used Electric Car?
A practical approach to buying a used electric car will always pay dividends. Of course, we at e-zoomed are keen to help you secure your used cars. We have great partners that can find you the perfect used used EV. Why not get a quote for a used EV today!
For those of you seeking to buy EV home charging points, we offer a vast range of high quality and high performance electric car charging points at competitive prices. We also offer EV charging cables, EV leasing and green energy.