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12 Things You Must Check And Know About, Before Purchasing A USED Electric Car; Buyer Beware! Getting Beyond Range Anxiety And Addiction To Fossil Fuels, Transcend Into The Slow Living Zone

Buying an electric car will become more common in the future. As more and more electric cars hit the used vehicle market, it will be much more common for individuals or families to consider buying one.

What should one look for when purchasing a used electric car? 

This article goes into the things to look for and check before purchasing an electric car.


Wikipedia; Electric cars charging on street in Rome in 2016.

Since 2008, a renaissance in electric vehicle manufacturing has occurred due to advances in batteries and energy management, concerns about increasing oil prices, and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.[3][4] Several national and local governments have established tax credits, subsidies, and other incentives to promote the introduction and now adoption in the mass market of new electric vehicles depending on battery size and their all-electric range

Electric cars are significantly quieter than conventional internal combustion engine automobiles. They do not emit tailpipe pollutants,[5] giving a large reduction of local air pollution, and, can give a significant reduction in total greenhouse gas and other emissions (dependent on the method used for electricity generation[3][4]). They also provide for independence from foreign oil, which in several countries is cause for concern about vulnerability to oil price volatility and supply disruption.[3][6][7] 

Recharging can take a long time and in many places there is a patchy recharging infrastructure. For long distance driving, many cars support fast charging that can give around 80% charge in 15 - 30 minutes using public rapid chargers.[8][9][10] While battery cost is decreasing fairly rapidly, it is still relatively high, and because of this, most electric cars have a more limited range and a somewhat higher purchase cost than conventional vehicles. Drivers can also sometimes suffer from range anxiety- the fear that the batteries will be depleted before reaching their destination.[3][4]

As of December 2015, there were over 30 models of highway legal all-electric passenger cars and utility vans available for retail sales, mainly in the United States, China, Japan, and Western European countries. By the end of 2015, the global stock of light-duty pure electric vehicles totaled almost 740,000 units out of total global sales of 1.26 million plug-in electric cars sold since 2005 (58.9%).[11] 

As of August 2016, the world's top selling highway-capable electric car ever is the Nissan Leaf, released in December 2010, with more than 233,000 units sold worldwide. The Tesla Model S, released in June 2012, ranks second with global sales of over 145,000 units through September 2016.[12][13][14]


Electric cars do get into crashes and are then sold at salvage auctions for what seems like just a few bucks.


How not to buy a crashed Tesla

The lesson from the story above is that no dealer is going to cover any warranty item or service a wrecked and salvaged electric vehicle, so don't expect this or ask for it. If there is a recall, your salvage electric car will not be serviced even if you ask. No dealer will buy a salvage car from you, or sell one knowingly.

The temptation is to cover up the fact that these cars have been in a wreck and sell them as if they are just normal cars. 


Check welds all around the car, in the engine compartment, inside all of the doors of the car, and in the trunk area. What you should see are smooth robot made welds that no human can duplicate. These welds are smooth, straight and uniform.

If the car has been in a wreck, and was then repaired, it will have human made welds, which are irregular, not straight, not smooth and may have imperfections, such as chips, holes, gaps, have grind marks, little stubs sticking up, imperfections of all kinds, etc.. 

1. All body parts should line up perfectly with no strange gaps or or uneven gaps between body parts. Check the gaps all around the car, where the body skin, doors, hood and back lid fit together. 

2. Check door sticker for paint marks 

3. Check door paint on thin edge of door ( run finger along edge; the paint should be absolute smooth, with no bumps or uneven sections, and same color as rest of door)

4. Check bolts and nuts in engine compartment or trunk/doors, for signs of having been removed and then installed again. Are there any tool marks on the bolts or nuts?


5. Take the electric car to the dealership and have them do a courtesy check of the car. Nissan definitely does this and hopefully all other car manufacturer dealers will do this as well. 

6. Check out the batteries. How many bars are left? What percentage of the battery capacity is still available?

7. What was the original mileage of the battery and how much mileage is left on a full charge? 

8. Check the charge ports. Unless you want to only trickle charge an electric car with a 110 outlet, a quick charge connector port is required for any trip beyond the maximum range of an electric car. What this means is that every electric car nowadays should come with two charge ports, not just one. The smaller port is for 110V trickle charge and 220 volt medium charge. The larger port next to it is the quick charge port that can handle the 440 volts and 100 amps quick charge station.

9. Check to see how much wear is on the brakes. An electric car that has been driven conservatively should has little or no wear on the brakes, because the modern electric cars have regenerative braking, which minimizes the use of brakes. If the brakes are worn down, it means that the previous owner drove the electric car hard, and used the brakes aggressively, rather than allowing the regenerative braking to slow the car down.

10. Check for wear on the brake and gas petals. A car that has been driven hard and long will have wear patterns on the brake and gas pedals, much like a worn out sole on a shoe.


11. Via Brian Henderson BEST ADVICE … enter the LEAF VIN at [ ] … besides verifying YEAR and MODEL, the site will highlight any recalls the vehicle had, and if any are outstanding!

eg: a VIN from a random LEAF currently for sale: 1N4AZ0CP9FC314214

Another thing that may happen is that a dealer or private seller may represent an electric car as being a more expensive model than it actually is. The way to verify what kind of model electric car one is looking at, is to enter the VIN at the above site.

Via Larry Acosta Wong Beware that if you're considering the purchase of a used Leaf, a local dealer was trying to sell my friend a Leaf SL when I suspected that it was actually an SV. Unfortunately, there isn't any badging on the car itself that specifies. And, if you check the VIN on Carfax, it'll show the car as a Leaf S/SV/SL. I insisted that since the car didn't have leather seats, it had to be an SV but he showed me on the car inventory system that there were many cars at other dealerships marked as SL that didn't have leather seats. KBB values the difference between the models at about $1,000 so it's a pretty big difference. The dealer finally relented and dropped the price by $800. After my friend took the car home, he found the Monroney sticker tucked into the manual and it confirmed that the car was an SV. I wonder how many buyers have purchased a used SL but really got an SV...


“The problem is we’ve got 100 years of cultural norm that says I must be able to pull over somewhere, and I must be able to fuel in three to five minutes. That’s what we’ve all be ingrained to think. I’m convinced that today’s children will think it’s hilarious that we ever pulled off the highway to charge.” And, he argues, electric cars will eventually offer enough range to cover a distance anyone would want to drive without stopping to sleep, except the most energy drink-fueled college students. “Charging infrastructure will be ubiquitous. It’s my mission to make sure that it’s all renewably energized.

12. Most new electric car owners have 'range anxiety' and are distressed when they learn that it will take more than 2 minutes to charge up their electric car.

Owning an electric car means that the owner will change as a result.

First, the addiction to fossil fuel must be broken, and like any addiction, there is a process of surrendering, grieving, and processing the grief through various stages. Giving up an addiction is hard, and so is giving up a fossil fuel car.

Like an addict with a crack pipe, a fossil fuel car owner wants a quick fix whenever then need or want it, and then they rush around like crazy just like someone who is high on meth, trying to get somewhere faster, faster, faster, often with lots of noise and commotion..

What electric car owners will notice after driving their quiet, efficient vehicle is that their driving habits will change as well. Instead of an unconscious FAST driving habit, driving is now a conscious deliberate and SLOW act, with lots of choices and a greater awareness of the impact of those choices. If the AC or heat is used, the mileage drops. If the owner is in a hurry and drives fast plus aggressively, like just about all of the fossil fuel car drivers out there, the mileage drops more quickly than driving at a more leisurely, slower pace.

As this greater awareness sinks in, along with the 'quiet' and peace filled slowness of the electric car, the hustle, bustle, drama, STRESS and aggressive nature of fossil fuel cars drops away, and one is left with a more in the moment spiritual awareness of driving in the present moment. Yes, fears might come up too, because that is what happens when any change is made or something brand new is attempted, but this fear is worked through to the other side, or not as the case may be. Some people feeling the fear of something new and better will never work through it and just go back to the fossil fuel addiction.

Humanity is addicted to fossil fuels. The first thing to do when someone is an addict is to admit it. Addiction can be a hard thing to break. Not everyone makes it, and it often takes several tries before one actually makes it. The average tobacco addict has to try somewhere between 3 to 10 times before they successfully break the tobacco addition. Alcohol addiction can run through the same dynamic. Getting beyond the addiction to fossil fuel may take some effort, time, and repeated attempts, until one is free of it.

What most seasoned electric car owners end up doing after the range anxiety and fear of the 'newness' subsides, is to charge only when needed, and not necessarily top off every day, unless that is needed for a long daily commute.

For example, if the electric car range is 85 miles total, and a trip to town takes 20 miles, that means the electric car does not need to be charged until after those two or three trips have been taken, and that may take a week, or at least several days. There is no need to charge an electric car every day and to keep it as close to full as possible at all times. It is better to let the battery get down to 10 - 20 percent or so, before charging it up again, at least to 80 percent, or more.

The best way to charge an electric car and keep the battery in a healthy condition is via a trickle charge, but that may not be possible if you drive the car to it's maximum range every day, and are only home for 8 hours before leaving for work again. 


Be the change you are seeking in the world. Reduce your carbon footprint by purchasing or leasing an electric car or other vehicle.

Work through the fears, and get to 'the other side'. Learn new habits and gain the new awareness and then teach this by example and sharing with others around you.

You are the leader you have been waiting for. Go out and lead. Go out and teach both with words, and deeds.

Change is not to be feared, but embraced. Change is constant and never ending.

Let go of the old and embrace the new. The birth and transformation of humanity is happening.

Be part of the birth process and help make it happen. Help crash the fossil fuel monopoly.

Break your addiction to fossil fuels. 

Electric Cars Could Wreak Havoc on Oil Markets Within a Decade

February 24 -- There are more than one billion cars on the road worldwide today, and only one tenth of one percent of them have a plug. OPEC contends that even in the year 2040, EVs will make up just one percent. But don't be so sure. By 2020, some electric cars and SUVs will be faster, safer, cheaper, and more convenient than their gasoline counterparts. What if people just stop buying oil? In the first episode of our animated series, Sooner Than You Think, Bloomberg's Tom Randall does the math on when oil markets might be headed for the big crash.


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