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Buying a second hand electric car or van

More electric and plug-in hybrid cars and vans become available on the used-car market each year, as electric vehicles grow in popularity.

Savings from buying second hand

New electric cars and vans are often more expensive than petrol or diesel vehicles, but buying a used vehicle helps narrow the price gap. You’ll still get all the benefits of cheaper refuelling, lower tax and maintenance costs.

Our electric vehicle savings calculator estimates how much you could save on fuel costs and tax by buying an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle, in comparison to a petrol or diesel car or van, based on your current mileage. It’s a quick and simple way to find and compare vehicles that match your requirements.

Find out more about the different types of electric vehicles.

Second hand electric vehicles for business users

If you are considering new or used electric cars for your business, you might also be interested in our guide to ultra low emission vehicles for fleet managers and our guide to charging infrastructure for businesses.

Additional resources

  • Grant schemes for electric vehicle charging infrastructure

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Last updated: 17 February 2022