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Hi,

I'm in a bit of a quandary. I would really like an EV as I have recently moved close to Brighton (I work in Brighton) so sit in stop/start traffic most mornings/evenings and I'm dying to get away from a manual for that exact same reason. However I don't know what to do for the best.

I could try EV ownership with a cheap Zoe on a battery lease so i don't have to worry about battery issues. But having researched a bit, there don't seem to be any real horror stories. Should I spend a bit more and buy one without a battery lease?

I only really have a budget of 10k, but I'd consider a loan if it means buying without battery lease to not have the on going cost. That said, I thought about trying a battery lease Zoe for a couple of years to see how well it suits my lifestyle (I currently travel more than 200 miles only a handful of times each year, so don't envisage charging issues etc.) With a mindset of getting one of the new Zoes/Peugeot e308 in a couple of years when there are some used examples on the market.

The only concern I have about a battery lease Zoe is selling it. Webuyanycar.com don't appear to take them, I'm just wondering how flexible dealerships are with accepting battery lease Zoe's in part exchange? Also, is there any easy way to tell which zoe's don't have a battery lease? It's my understanding that if there is an "i" badge on the back, that they don't have the battery lease, however looking online can be difficult as you can't always see too clearly in the photos. I just wondered if there is a website where you can enter the reg plate to find out details about the car.

Many thanks.
 

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Don’t worry about selling in the 2nd hand market - they sell well.

why not rent a zoe through one of the companies that allow you to rent monthly to see if you like it

JJ
That's a really good idea actually. I'll look into it and give it a whirl. Id like to try before I buy!
 

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I would personally opt for buying than leasing. There is no reason why you can't sell the car at any point, and your cost of ownership will likely be much less than the lease company charge, particularly if the used EV market continues to appreciate as it has done over the last year.

Case in point, I could sell my battery owned Zoe to a trader tomorrow and would actually see a profit (all costs included), whereas leasing from somewhere like EVEZY would have set my back £2,690 over the last 10-months. Not to mention all the freedom from mileage restrictions, use of apps or high insurance excess...

My preference was on battery owned, but finding a well priced used model is not easy. Many dealers falsely advertise leased Zoe's and much of the ones on sale are over-priced IMO. Took me over 6-months to find one at a good price. Keeping an eye on different market places (AT, Gumtree, Renault used cars, Pistonheads, eBay, Motors.co.uk, etc.) and taking advantage of finance contributions to maximise discounts (and then settle soon after) was how I did it. Be prepared to do a lot of investigations if you do decide to go for a battery owned though. Ringing RCI with the registration plate is one of the best methods.
 

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There are independent EV specialists who will pay you a reasonable price for them.

Not really, they offer the bottom line trade in value that any other garage will offer.
 

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We have one notable exception, but most people on here have done fine selling their Zoe battery lease cars. Some have sold privately and others to EV specialists. It isn't as easy to sell as battery owned, but those are rare and for most buyers not worth extra.

The only real issue with the battery lease is the cost of higher mileage options - how many miles will you do a year?

Assuming not high mileage, only pay the 4500 a year rate and maybe topup a regular saver each month with the 8p a mile excess. That way if you get charged you have the money to pay it. Some have never had to, but don't bank on that.

If range works, I would suggest you look for a nice 22kWh 2016 ZE22 so you have plenty of warranty - they had 4 year and pay the £289 to extend before it ends. They can be very expensive to repair.

If you need the range, then a ZE40 will be more expensive but if you can find a good private sale you will do better than dealer prices which are currently quite high.
 

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Any model of Zoe is worth the risk, IF the previous owner took out extended Renault Warranty and kept it running. My 2014 Zoe, which is for sale, has had its warranty extended by myself twice now (warrantied until September 2020 and can be extended further). Problem is as many cars are PCP, then the next owner generally hasn't extended meaning a lot of 3rd hand cars hitting the market with unknown provenance and zero warranty. :eek:

Buy the best you can with warranty. One of the ones, like mine, sold on a site like this makes sense because its easy to check the cars history by checking posts.
 

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Don't worry about it. It's dead easy to get rid:
 
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