We get it. You want to breeze through your city without polluting the air. Hence the decision to buy an electric car. And why not? Electric Vehicles (EVs) are environment friendly, require less maintenance, and offer a smooth driving experience.
Buying a pre-owned electric car means you sidestep the high prices and long waiting times or the limited availability of new electric cars. But, with the market teeming with second-hand EVs, choosing the right car can be confusing.
So, here’s all you need to do when buying a used electric car in Hyderabad.
Decide on the electric car type
First, you need to choose from Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs), Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs), and Range Extended Vehicles (REx). Here, PHEV models come with a petrol-powered combustion engine as a backup. A REx car also packs a petrol engine to charge the battery if it ever runs out on the road. However, a BEV-type is a pure electric car.
Search for a used car
After deciding the car type, you can scout for an electric car in the second-hand car market. With multiple eCommerce platforms dedicated to used cars, you can also find great deals online. Just Google a second-hand electric car in Hyderabad, and you will get numerous results right on your phone.
Additional Read: How to Buy Second Hand Electric Cars in India?
Pick a model
Now, you must shortlist a few models and compare them on various benchmarks. Consider key factors like the year of purchase, kilometres driven, insurance details, and ownership history. Also, negotiate on the price if you can.
You may even go for a pre-owned car loan if you’re short on funds. Check your used car loan eligibilitywith the financial institution before applying. Keep an eye out for seasonal offers and discounts to land a more lucrative deal.
But, before you finalise the deal, here are some important things to check.
#1 Battery status
The battery is the soul of an electric car. However, depending on maintenance, temperature swings, charging cycles, or even age, it degrades with time. So, you must check battery capacity and status when buying a used electric car. Besides, don’t forget to check its warranty with the dealer.
#2 Maintenance history
Ask the dealer or previous owner about the car’s service history. EVs require relatively low maintenance as there are no exhausts, spark plugs or cam-belts to change. Still, these cars demand occasional tyre changes, washer fluid top-ups, windshield wiper replacements, regular cleaning, etc.
Thus, reviewing maintenance should be an essential part of your used car purchase. Verify the service receipts from the dealer to assess a car’s condition.
Additional Read: How to Buy a Used Electric Car in Bangalore?
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