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Buying a used electric car: everything you need to know

Sales of new electric cars are booming, which means there's an ever-increasing number of temptingly priced examples on the used market. But what do you need to watch out for?...

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With the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel-engined cars fast approaching, it's perhaps not surprising that interest in electric cars has grown enormously. However, despite the growing proliferation of new models of all types and sizes, buying an electric car new still costs a lot of money.

Fortunately, the explosion in sales of new examples means there are now many more electric cars in the classifieds and on used car forecourts. And, of course, buying secondhand means you can dip your toes in the future without necessarily spending a fortune. 

But if you are buying a used electric car, what should you watch out for? Here, we outline some of the things you should consider before making a purchase.