General electric

13 October 2023

There are now thousands available on the market, either genuinely used, near-new or dealership demonstrators. 

And the affordability of many is quite reasonable, provided you have a budget of between $20,000 and $50,000. I appreciate this is still a decent sum for most people.

When you think you have found the one, have a reputable mechanic or dealership thoroughly inspect the vehicle. Most importantly, the battery capacity.

Older EVs that have travelled higher distances will generally have decreased charge capacity.

Also, consider that less costly and older vehicles will probably cover less distance between charges.

A decade-old Nissan Leaf may only move you up to 100km between lengthy charging.

The key number for battery health is 75 per cent of its original battery capacity and above.

While most batteries are intended to last the life of the vehicle, replacing them (now) is an expensive cost and could leave you financially stranded.

Service history is less important for an EV as they require less intense maintenance than a petrol or diesel-powered vehicle.

Generally, most EVs have a separate battery warranty. The industry standard is eight years or 160,000 kilometres (whichever occurs first).

Take a close look at your charging infrastructure at home or work to determine if a second-hand EV is going to be right for you.

Research is the most important key in buying any vehicle.

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