Best used electric vehicles

The UK electric vehicle market has soared in past years, cementing its position in 2020 among Europe’s largest. But since electric cars are much newer than traditional petrol vehicles, there’s a bit more education needed before buying. We’ve highlighted the best used electric vehicles on the market today to help answer some of your most asked questions.

Should you buy a used electric car

There are two main points to consider before you commit to buying a used electric car.

  • Charging
    You’ll need to have easy regular access to a charging point. This would ideally be at your home, so having a parking space or garage is useful.

Without a charging point at home you’ll need to be able to either charge it at work or at one of UK’s public points – but having this as your only option is risky.

  • Average journeys
    How often do you drive? How far is your average journey? Are you using your electric car to commute every day, and if you are, how far is it?

If you’re doing a lot of motorway driving then it’s probably not worth buying a used electric vehicle as it’ll lose its charge quickly due to your average speed over distance. However, short urban journeys help save battery consumption.

What to look for when buying a used electric car

  • Battery warranty
    Depending on how old the used electric vehicle is, its battery may still be in warranty, which will give you peace of mind when buying.Most electric car battery warranties are 8 years though some can be 5, so be sure to check this.

  • Battery life
    Battery life is one of – if not the – most important factor in an electric car.The last thing you want to do is to replace the battery, so be sure to look up the driving range of the model you’re looking at.

Best used electric cars to buy

  • BMW i3
    With a range of approximately 80-195 miles and an 8 year battery warranty, the BMW i3 is a popular choice for used electric vehicle hunters.

  • Nissan Leaf
    The Leaf set the scene for electric vehicles and has been on the market for many years now. This option has a range of 124 miles and a battery warranty of 5 years.

  • Tesla Model S
    Arguably the most popular electric car, you’ll pay a premium for it but benefit from a large range of 248-381 miles and 8 year battery warranty.

There are countless other options on the market to look at, so head straight to our search page and find your next used electric vehicle today.