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Buying A Used Electric Car

10 Nov 2023

Electric cars are becoming more and more popular in the UK, with many consumers opting to start their move to electric in line with the recent government changes. This growing need for electric vehicles means that more used electric cars are hitting the market.

We have put together a handy guide to buying a used electric vehicle that will help point you in the right direction.

What are the advantages of buying a used electric vehicle?

Purchase price

A brand new electric car comes with a larger price tag. The price of used electric cars are becoming more and more in line with standard petrol and diesel cars. Choosing a used electric car could be considered a better option for customers who want to reduce their carbon footprint but not break the bank.

Battery Warranty

A number of new electric cars come with a long battery warranty of up to eight years meaning many used electric cards will still be covered by the manufacturer's warranty.

Tax Benefits

Electric car drivers are not required to pay any road tax. If you also use your used electric car to help run your business, you can qualify for certain tax breaks.

Low Running Costs

With fewer moving parts to maintain, electric cars often work out cheaper to run than a combustion engine vehicle.

There are great benefits to buying a used electric vehicle but there can also be downsides that buyers should be made aware of:

  • Like all batteries, electric car batteries tend to degrade over time, meaning the distance they can travel on a single charge may be shorter than when brand new.
  • Although we are starting to see more of them, charging points are currently limited in certain areas meaning planning is essential when making long journeys.
  • If you crave roaring engines, electric cars tend to be on the quieter side of driving.

How can I learn more about Electric Vehicle Charging? 

Understanding how and where to charge your electric car is important if you're considering taking the leap into the world of EVs. Take a look at our guide to How Electric Charging Works to find out more on:  

  • How to find your closest EV Charging Point
  • How long it takes to charge your EV
  • How much it costs to charge an EV 

Are you on the look out for a used electric car? Take a look at Tangelo's current used electric car stock and get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable sales team to book an appointment or a test drive at our Exeter Customer Hub.

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