Used electric cars. The FIVE golden buying rules | Electrifying

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Buying a used vehicle can be difficult– much more so if you are making the amazing transfer to electrical for the first time. After all, it's a huge investment and you do not wish to get it wrong!.

So in this video I'm going to tell you the 5 golden rules that make purchasing a automobile a lot much easier!

But not all of us have the expertise – or let's face it, the desire – to kick tires and do days of research study. So most of us rely on the assurance which comes when you purchase a car from a trusted source, like Spoticar.

But there are still some checks you can do and questions to ask the seller– and yourself– before you purchase your first electric vehicle.

Electric automobiles are easy to drive and easy to live with, however picking the best one can be more difficult than you might think of.
There is a whole brand-new set of acronyms and vocabulary to get your head around. For example, it is very important to understand your kWh from your kW and comprehend what the 'real life' of your vehicle will be.

You'll quickly pick it up and make sense of it but make sure you don't get hoodwinked by doing a bit of research study first..

Now we 'd certainly recommend you use the .com site – where we have loads of useful explainers, in addition to a dictionary that assists you get to grips with those news terms! But do not be afraid to ask questions when you are talking to sales staff at the Spoticar merchant, and even other owners you see in car parks or online groups. They can be a mine of info.

They must be happy to assist and you will not look dumb. Unless you are using a silly hat or something
Join Nicola as she exposes our leading five golden rules for purchasing a vehicle.

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25 responses to “Used electric cars. The FIVE golden buying rules | Electrifying”

  1. @Dubnoreix Avatar

    As the owner of a second-hand Nissan Leaf I can say I did my homework. 🙂

  2. @patrickh7368 Avatar

    Hey my Hyundai is now 5 years old and drives also charges exactly the same as the day I bought it… no loss of miles, I don’t do fast charging, just 7kw home or 2.5kw 3pin , nice n steady charge times… also knowing what I know now, not only would I stay well clear of the brand of home charging I went for..! I would just have a weatherproof socket outside and granny charging overnight.. 🤔

    1. @sbomorse Avatar

      I’ve had my 2021 Kona Electric from new and it’s been wonderful. The best I’ve ever got was 314 miles of mixed summer driving but even in the winter I’ve managed 300 with careful driving. All without a heat pump!
      I have only charged in public about 10 times if that, ways use my home 7KW charger and my range has always been consistent over the years.

  3. @simonevans8979 Avatar

    Don’t forget `budget`. Most important thing of all. I bought an E-208 because it was cheap and had all the updates and services already done… including new tyres which it didn’t need!
    200-odd mile range is enough for my bladder! Now wouldn’t be my choice if I were buying today, but in 3 years I’ve never wished for more performance, more space. Would want a heated steering wheel though, and heated seats as it is much kinder than air con in winter!

    1. @stevieguk8014 Avatar

      Agree and the constant mention of a certain second hand car dealer – it was just a long advert with only a bit of useful information

    2. @BigMac58 Avatar

      If it would not be your choice now, what would be? I ask simply because an e208 is on my list of “possibles” but I have no previous experience of electric cars.

  4. @edwardmatthews2232 Avatar

    Five versions of Nicola Hume ? 😂

  5. @silverghini2629 Avatar

    GDPR means you shouldn’t be given any identifiable details of previous owners but you should be able to find out if it was owned privately or by a business. Also, you should ask if the car has been used for private hire or Uber.

  6. @neilrwilliams218 Avatar

    With the tyre repair/mobility kit check for expiration dates! True for any car, but worth knowing.

  7. @owrang9756 Avatar

    Most of the advice here applies to any car really. I would avoid any EV that has always been charged with fast public chargers rather than home chargers which means there is more battery degradation. I would also look at its range with how much charge it is showing on the dash,. If the range is quite low with 80% charge it means the car has been driven fast and charged very frequently and therefore more battery degradation.

    1. @londonwestman1 Avatar

      Yes. It’s worth looking as what the Guess-o-meter (GOM) says the range is at 80%.. but only just worth it. If you drive your car at a steady 30mph for twenty minutes, the GOM will be very optimistic, if you drive it at 75 and with serious braking it can make it look massively worse. Checking the GOM after your test drive will be a bit more useful. Some models are much more influenced by recent driving style than others.

  8. @Madonsteamrailways Avatar

    My beloved Renault Zoe is a great little car that gives me 175 miles per full battery. She’s a hoot to drive, is capable of accelerating fast if required, feels great on a motorway and it’s certainly the best car I’ve ever driven.

    1. @donaldlush2822 Avatar

      I have a Zoe and the experience is the same. Love it. Would never go back to petrol/diesel

  9. @clivew772 Avatar

    Don’t like this. You’re supposed to be a proper consumer channel, not some low-rent product placers. Not impressed.
    (And yes, I am intending to buy a used EV. But not a Stellantis one, and not from Spoticar.)

  10. @britguy2999 Avatar

    Nicola making the video editors work overtime with all her videos lately

  11. @chrispenn715 Avatar

    Many of the traditional car sale sites are rubbish when it comes to searching for an EV – for example, many don’t allow you to select a battery size or ‘engine’ power option on a specific car model.

  12. @Jaw0lf Avatar

    i would also say a heat pump for keeping the range in winter! Great video

  13. @GraysonA Avatar

    Agree, real world range is crucial, since EPA is not accurate. Edmunds, InsideEVs, Out of spec all do 70 mph range tests

  14. @medman36 Avatar

    Lovely presentation. So many checks for an EV😱. Would be nice if sharing battery health status was more common, comprehensive and transparent for all current EVs on the market. I think that is the key golden rule I’m missing.

  15. @richard63 Avatar

    No more Red Bull for you, Nicola !😁

  16. @Pottery4Life Avatar

    @electrifying These battery checks. Qualitative? Quantitative? To what degree and resolution and these tests being performed? Is the read-out a three or 4 page report on cell health coupled with previous owners driving habits such as # of 0-100 sprints and/or charging habits and how it compares with the battery chemistry in question vs. manufacturer recommendations? Stuff like that. OR Do you get a big green check mark, a happy face, and a message saying, “Everything is awesome! You should be good for 75,000 km.” I would like to hear from people who have used battery checks in their decision making process in the past to know how well it worked out for them. (how accurate the system is)

  17. @BMWHP2 Avatar

    Thanks, lots of info mixed with good fun.
    My nr. 1 golden rule to buy a 2nd hand EV is . . . . . . . It HAS to have an LFP battery, and NOT NMC.
    The difference? 10.000 charging cycles or 2.000.

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  19. @davelocktalk Avatar

    It’s simple buy one with the biggest battery you can afford, hyundai kona 64klw battery I went for , that was in my price bracket.

  20. @daniilrusanau5849 Avatar

    Liked and commented for the hustle 👍🏻👍🏻😀

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