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The Cheapest Electric Car for Sale in the Country

Looking to buy an electric vehicle, but are unsure if you should go for the cheapest electric car available---either new or used? Here’s a recent review by one EV owner that shows what you can expect with this 2012 model he bought for just $3,750!
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Affordable Used EV Shopping

When it comes to buying the most affordable electric cars you can find today, the comparison reviews typically focus on the latest models of the Hyundai Kona Electric, the Kia Niro, and the Chevy Bolt with the Nissan Leaf typically advertised as the cheapest (and the lesser EV) of the four overall.

Related article: The Right Time to Buy Your First EV is Now with These 3 Models Says Consumer Reports

However, if it’s a used EV you are looking for to gain some EV experience to see if going electric is for you---but do not want to spend a lot of money on it---now is a good time to shop around for the cheaper aging EV models while everyone else is focused more on the newer and much pricier EV selections out there.

Used EV Concerns

One of the biggest concerns of buying a used EV is its expected reduced battery life and how this translates to the performance and range you can really expect.

As an example of what you might find in one of these under $5,000 finds, here is a useful recent video by the Out of Spec Reviews YouTube channel where the owner of a 2012 Nissan Leaf with 78,000 miles on the odometer does a demonstration of the charging time and distance he experienced under 70 mph driving highway conditions with his $3,750 dollar EV find.

Related article: EV Owner Reveals 5 Hidden EV Expenses of Owning an EV

Here's How Far My Cheap Nissan LEAF Goes on a Charge! Charging & 70-MPH Range Tests

And finally…

For additional articles about buying an EV, here are some useful pieces that can help you make your EV buying decision:

The Dark Secret Behind EV Maintenance Says This Mechanic

Everything You’ve Heard About Electric Cars is a Lie, Says This Mechanic

The Most Common Maintenance Issues of Electric Vehicles

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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.

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