Buying Used Hybrid Electric Cars

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Buying Used Hybrid Electric Cars

Are you intrigued by all the new Hybrid Electric Vehicles popping up around town? Are you considering buying used but want to know the benefits and risks of buying electric? Well, you're in the right place.

It's no secret that EV's have been steadily gaining in popularity over the past few years. What's more, common vehicles like the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and Outlander as well as Toyota Corolla and Ascent now come in a HEV or PHEV variant, meaning electric cars are no longer only exclusive to luxury brands.

The key difference between a Hybrid Electric (HEV) and a Plug-In Hybrid Electric (PHEV) is quite self-explanatory. The PHEV requires the use of an external charging cord, while a HEV self-charges while you drive. PHEV's tend to have larger batteries and can travel longer distances on electric mode.

EVs were originally purchased by early adopters, who paid the higher premium and had a good understanding of the vehicle’s maintenance requirements. Since newer editions have been released, their well cared for vehicles are now hitting the used car market, which is why we're beginning to see a lot more of them in our car yards. If you're prepared to do a little background research, buying electric could be a legitimate and beneficial choice for you and your family.


  1. Reduced Running Costs. Not only will you be fuelling up far less regularly, the cost of electricity from a charging station is far cheaper than a full tank of petrol.
  2. Reduced Emissions. For many people, this is one of the biggest selling points of a hybrid. For example, a trip that takes 30 minutes can depend solely on the electric charge. Purchasing electric is an investment for a cleaner future.

As with all used cars it’s important to ask the right questions and make sure you know as much as you can about the car you’re intending to purchase.

Our recommended questions:

  1. Check the battery health. Does the car come with a full service history?
  2. How far can the battery take you?
  3. Where are the closest charging stations?
  4. Can you charge your car at home?
  5. Are the charging accessories included for PHEVs?

Chat to our knowledgeable team to find out more or search our stock below.

The answer is more complicated than you might think. While some sedans like the Subaru WRX and the Honda Civic come with sports active torque, and could easily conquer the steep slopes of Maleny, seeing one tow a caravan would be more than unlikely. Large SUV's, while perhaps not as quick off the mark, are equipped to handle rough and steep terrain as well as tow heavy loads. Because so many models come with AWD or 4WD capability and often have turbo charged engines, like the 700 horsepower Jeep Grand Cherokee, you can rely on the power of the SUV to look after you in any situation. Between the powerful engine and the sheer height and size, it's easy to feel confident and secure when you're behind the wheel of an SUV.

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