Are you considering an alternative fuel car - specifically, an electric car - for your next drive time solution? You’re not alone! These eco-friendly vehicles are quickly gaining popularity as a green way to get around town. However, before you shop electric cars there are certain things you should take into consideration. Toyota of N Charlotte is here with tips for shopping and five mistakes you want to avoid when you’re signing the dotted line on one of these alternative fuel vehicles.
Do your research before buying an electric car
#1: Not plotting out your budget before buying.
You should ALWAYS plot out your budget before buying a car, but especially an electric car. These vehicles tend to be a bit more expensive than hybrid cars or traditional gasoline vehicles so make sure you take that into account before signing the dotted line. Also, remember to factor in maintenance and car insurance so you have a better overall idea of how much owning this type of N Charlotte Toyota will cost.
#2: Not taking advantage of federal incentives.
Did you know there are actually federal incentives for electric cars? You may get a tax break or more money in your refund if you drive one, so be sure to do your research when it’s tax time to ensure you get what you deserve.
#3: Not mapping your mileage.
Electric cars are super eco-friendly, but they do have to be charged and can only go so far on one charge. Be sure to plot out your daily mileage before buying one of these N Charlotte Toyotas - will you be able to get where you need to go without charging? Or if not, is there a place to charge your vehicle when you arrive so you can get back home? If you live in a rural or even suburban area, these are important things to consider.
#4: Not considering your local climate.
Did you know that the weather can actually have an effect on electric cars? We don’t have to worry about it too much in Charlotte, but if you live in a place where you face extreme winter weather, you might. Cold can cause the battery in these vehicles to charge less efficiently and can also affect the battery’s ability to even hold a charge. Take your local climate into account when shopping.
#5: Not making a list of your must-have features.
Before you shop for an electric car, make a list of your must-have features. Do you need a lot of interior space for passengers? What about off-road capabilities? How about towing or hauling? Make sure the alternative fuel vehicle you’re considering meets all of these important needs before you commit to it.
Toyota of N Charlotte can help you find the right alternative fuel vehicle
Want more tips on shopping for electric cars or interested in a go-green hybrid Toyota? Call Toyota of N Charlotte today! We’re open seven days a week at (704) 875-9199 and we’re conveniently located just off I-77 at exit 23 in Huntersville.