Achat d’une voiture électrique d’occasion : le guide pratique avant de vous lancer

Achat d'une voiture électrique d'occasion : le guide pratique avant de vous lancer

Electric cars are entering the used market. Time to, perhaps, make a good deal.

Faced with rising fuel prices, considering going electric but on a tight budget? Why not take advantage of the occasion? Before you get started, here are some tips from the automotive experts at carVertical.

1. Consider charging infrastructure

Before buying an electric car, consider the local charging infrastructure. Homeowners can charge their electric vehicles in a garage or driveway, but apartment dwellers have fewer options.

Most cities do not have adequate charging infrastructure, so finding a station can be a real nightmare. It only takes a few minutes to fill up a tank, but it takes up to half a day to charge an electric vehicle. Drivers who live or work far from charging stations can spend a lot of time waiting for their car to charge.

Some companies already offer portable EV chargers aimed at people without a home outlet. However, they only charge the batteries up to a certain level, and at the moment these
Chargers are not an option.

2. Pay attention to battery life

Whether it’s a gasoline car or an electric vehicle, the battery starts to degrade over time and there’s nothing you can do about it. Temperature changes, repeated charging and high mileage are some of the factors that reduce battery health. Most car manufacturers guarantee batteries for eight years or 100,000 miles. If a vehicle has exceeded this threshold, its battery performance is likely to be worse than that of a new car, carVertical reminds.

Battery health also depends on the weather. The lithium-ion batteries you’ll find in electric vehicles don’t handle heat well. A used vehicle from the south of Spain is likely to have autonomy
less, while a car from the Netherlands or Germany can offer drivers a much better battery.

Automotive experts recommend checking the EV Battery Health Report before closing with the seller. Replacing your car battery is expensive, so it’s best to make sure it’s not worn out.

3. Take a close look at the vehicle’s history

It is important to check beforehand whether or not the vehicle has been in an accident, as the vehicle may not be safe to drive and may cause mechanical problems in the future.

Obviously, attention should be paid to the braking system and software updates.

4. Shop according to your needs

Before taking the step, ask yourself the following questions, necessary to measure the autonomy needs of the vehicle: What do you use your used electric car for? Only commute from home to work? Do you sometimes travel medium and/or long distance? Single or main car?

For short trips, a city car will do.

For short trips, a city car will do. And even for medium distances. In this game, the most versatile seems to be the Renault Zoé. Especially with 1 or 2 children with you. The autonomy needs will also be evaluated based on the recharging possibilities available.

What second-hand electric cars can you find at a low price?

With 5,000 euros, which is the minimum for a second-hand electric car, you can still choose between the Renault Zoé and the ‘C-ZiMiOn’ (Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Peugeot iOn and Citroën C-Zero). Going up to 7,500 euros, it opens up to the Nissan Leaf of previous generations. The Volkswagen e-ups! now it can be found below the 10,000 euro mark. The Kia Soul EV becomes accessible with 12,500 euros. The first Tesla Model S are offered around 35,000 euros. On the other hand, you will hardly find a Tesla Model X for less than 50,000 euros, details automobile-propre.com.

In use, the biggest advantages of these electric vehicles obviously remain price related to low maintenance and ease of charging. At home, remember that a full supply of electricity (from a reinforced socket or wall terminal) costs less than €10 for a vehicle equipped with large batteries. That’s five times less than a full tank of gasoline in a small combustion-engined city car.

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