Tips for buying an EV

Buying a Used EV

 

Safety

First and foremost, your safety is the top priority when buying/selling a car. If you see any signs of a red flag or just don't feel comfortable, simply cancel the meet-up. I would recommend bringing a friend or a family member if possible.  

Meet in public - Ex: bank, police station parking lot, well lit grocery store parking lot, etc. Also, try your best to meet during the daylight for the safety of both users. 

Inspection 

Checking over an electric car before purchasing is somewhat similar to buying a gasoline powered car (aka ICE). To check how the vehicle was treated, inspect the tires as well as go into the battery data history to see acceleration spikes and projected range. 

Ask for the maintenance records as well as the "spec sheet" to confirm the performance and battery that came with the vehicle new. You can also log into the "Vehicle info" setting on the screen to confirm a number of different options. 

See our other blog "Buying a car sight unseen" for more info. 

Deal

After agreeing on the price and terms, I would suggest transacting the deal via paypal or venmo to avoid bringing a large sum of cash. 

*EVmarketplace serves as a platform for owners to post their car to be seen by potential buyers. EVmarketplace does not intermediate the transaction.*