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Here Are the 5 Cheapest Electric Cars For Sale on Autotrader

Generally speaking, electric vehicles are a bit more expensive than most gasoline-powered cars. But as electric vehicles age, they tend to depreciate quickly — in large part due to reduced affordability among used car shoppers and a lack of government incentives for used EVs, among other reasons. As a result, you can find a cheap electric car for sale without an exhaustive search– and here are some examples.

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV – $3,900

This 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the very cheapest electric vehicle currently listed for sale. Far too expensive when launched, the i-MiEV found very few buyers, especially given its limited EV range. Used examples are, therefore, hard to find — but you’ll occasionally run across one or two. This particular example is tremendously cheap, offered by Fidelity Auto in the Cleveland area for a mere $3,900 with about 34,000 miles on the odometer. Find a Mitsubishi i for sale

2012 Nissan Leaf

2012 Nissan Leaf – $4,400

The early Nissan Leaf only has a range of a little over 60 miles, but it’s still a good car to drive short distances around town on all electric power — especially considering how cheap it’s getting. This Leaf is offered with 55,000 miles for a mere $4,400, making it one of the least expensive electric vehicles currently listed for sale on Autotrader. It’s offered by E&W Auto Brokers in the Atlanta area. Find a Nissan Leaf for sale

2015 FIAT 500e

2015 FIAT 500e – $4,500

The all-electric FIAT 500 was available only to customers in Oregon and California — but that’s a shame, as it was a pretty good car. It’s surprisingly fun to drive and peppy, with sporty handling — and it’s getting rather inexpensive as it ages. This 500e is offered with just under 22,000 miles by a private seller in Cypress, California, for a mere $4,500. Find a Fiat 500e for sale

2013 Smart Fortwo Electric

2013 Smart Fortwo Electric – $4,995

The electric smart fortwo is a nice little around-town car, made even nicer by an increasingly affordable used price tag: This electric fortwo is offered with just 27,000 miles for a mere $4,995. While an electric fortwo can travel just 60 miles under electric power, that price tag makes it an acceptable vehicle for short-distance, around-town cruising — and this smart is offered by Specialties Auto Group in Bountiful, Utah. Find a smart fortwo for sale

2013 Tesla Model S

2013 Tesla Model S – $26,989

This 2013 Tesla Model S isn’t among the cheapest electric cars, but it’s certainly the cheapest Tesla currently listed for sale on Autotrader — and that’s a big deal to many EV shoppers. This Model S is an “85” version, and it’s traveled a whopping 120,000 miles from new — a feat in any car, since it’s just six years old, but especially in an EV. This Model S is offered by Auto Centrix in Texas for $26,989. Find a Tesla Model S for sale

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  1. For some reason used electric cars are drastically cheaper in the US than in Canada. Basically add at least $10000 to any price in this article to get the cheapest price of a similar model in Canada.

    Sure, there’s an exchange rate to take into account, but a $5000 USD Smart Fortwo EV does not equal a $15000 CAD version, the exchange rate would put it at $6612 CAD. And we do get great tax breaks on new EVs just like in the US, but we still have drastically higher used prices.
    Maybe there’s a market for scooping up nice condition EVs in the US and then bringing them across the border to Canada and flipping them for a huge profit.
  2. That Model S is pretty cool, and as the prices fall, even cooler.  Has anyone done a long term test on one of these to see how long they will last?  That would be interesting and if they do last long, would make them a really desirable used proposition.

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