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Used BMW i3 Models Are Insane Deals

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If you're looking for an electric vehicle and you want a bargain, you'll probably want to consider a used BMW i3. It's almost unbelievable how cheap used BMW i3 models are, and today I'm going to show you exactly what I mean.

Here's a little overview: The BMW i3 came out back in 2014, and the original model offered the choice between a fully electric powertrain and an electric powertrain with a small gasoline engine that acted as a range extender. The base price of an i3 back in 2014 was around $42,000, while the model with the range extender started at around $46,000. That was big money for an electric BMW hatchback, especially for one that wasn't particularly sporty, exciting or fast.

As a result, most people didn't buy the i3 -- they leased it, which was an unusually cheap endeavor given the sticker price and tax incentives for leasing electric and plug-in vehicles. This meant that three years after the i3 first came out, the market was flooded with used models, which caused prices to fall quickly to the point where now if you're searching for a used electric car, it's hard not to consider the i3.

Just how cheap are used i3 models? Right now there are dozens listed for sale on Autotrader for under $15,000, with the cheapest examples offered for around $12,000. That's truly a bargain for a 3-year-old BMW with a modern design and a lot of cool touches, and you should have no trouble finding low-mileage, well-kept examples for $13,000 or $14,000.

Now, I know the i3 isn't exactly an exciting machine, and it's certainly not as thrilling as a lot of modern BMW models, but if you're looking for a cheap, modern and cool city car, it's hard to deny that the i3 is very much a bargain worth considering -- especially now that you can get one so cheap. Find a BMW i3 for sale

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