You can find plenty of quality pre-owned electric vehicles for sale in Newport News — including some gems here at Casey Auto. But how do you decide which hybrid or EV model is right for you? Make the shopping process easier for yourself by following these tips when browsing electric cars for sale.
Know your budget
As with any vehicle purchase, you need to determine how much money you can afford on loan repayments every month — as well as the total you want to spend on the EV. Check your monthly income against your expenses (including car insurance) to see if you can afford a higher-end EV from a premium brand or an older, economy-class EV.
Consider the range
Here’s something that’s a bit different from buying a gas-powered car: You have to consider your daily driving range. Fuel consumption and miles-per-gallon don’t matter for electric vehicles, but range does! Certain electric vehicles only travel a hundred or so miles before needing to recharge, while others are engineered to travel triple that distance.
Assess recharging options
You’ll find many fast-charging stations near Newport News. Do you have time to visit them when you’re out and about? Are they located along your normal commute route?
Also consider the type of hookup you can get installed in your garage. Will it take the entire night to recoup a fraction of the battery’s charge? Then you may want an EV that doesn’t need to be recharged frequently or that has a gasoline backup system — like a plug-in hybrid does.
Check the battery life
Electric vehicles require very little maintenance; that’s one of the perks of owning an EV in Newport News! However, the one pricey service that every EV will eventually need is a new battery. Most EV batteries last 15-20 years and cost thousands of dollars to replace. You don’t want to buy an EV that’s in need of a new battery or you’ll practically pay twice as much for your purchase!
Instead, buy an EV that still has plenty of life left in its battery — whether it’s the original battery or has been replaced recently with a new one. If you have to settle for an EV with a dying battery, make sure you’re getting a great deal on it!
Casey Auto is happy to answer all of your questions about purchasing and owning an EV. We’ve helped many drivers in Newport News make the switch to electric transportation. Why not trust us to serve you?