We covered the pros and cons of buying a used Model S last week. While I’m pretty sure that 99 out of 100 people would prefer to buy a new car, the reality is that most of us can’t or don’t want to afford to. In addition to (most of the time) being a bad investment, buying a new car can be a stressful experience. If you’re okay with a certified pre-owned EVs, Carmax, EV-CPO.com, and Craigslist are three excellent ways to buy.


I’m going to get flamed in the comments section for this but there are some major advantages to buying from Carmax. In addition to a rather pleasant, stress-free experience, Carmax does have an excellent selection of used EVs to choose from. They conduct a “125 point inspection” on every vehicle (that sounds impressive at least), and you have five days to change your mind and return the vehicle to them for any reason. Carmax will also offer the customer the option of purchasing a fairly priced warranty on the car, which is ideal if the car is outside of the manufacturer’s warranty parameters.

Buying from Carmax is not for the shrewd, knowledgeable types. Chances are you will pay hundreds, if not thousands more than you would buying from a private owner or smaller dealership. If you aren’t overly concerned with saving money and value pleasant and easy interactions above all, Carmax may be the place to be to buy your Certified Pre-Owned EVs.

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Although not officially affiliated with Tesla Motors, EV-CPO.com makes quite the effort to sell the company’s vehicles. With an option to shop in the U.S., Canada, or Europe, EV-CPO.com has you covered no matter where you live. The website features an easy to use interface that allows the user to select a car by “must have features.” EV-CPO will even allow the user to sort by model and new or used inventory. Talk about making things easy!

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But…but…you can’t get certified pre-owned vehicles on Craigslist you say! Buying a car from someone on the Internet is a total crap-shoot! You are correct my worrisome friend, but you can mitigate the risk associated if you have a trusted mechanic or friend check the car out before you buy. Over the course of my car-buying career, I have found that most sellers are willing to let you have the car checked out by a third party if you are polite and professional about the situation. Offer to put a refundable deposit down and let them take a picture of your drivers license if they agree to let you take it to get checked out.

Craigslist is of course, a great place to find deals on used cars, including EVs. As with any car, never purchase without seeing and test driving your new EV first. Happy Hunting!

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What methods have our readers used to locate their certified pre-owned EVs? Anyone out there ever use Carmax, EV-CPO, or Craigslist to snag a good deal on their ride? Please leave us a comment below and share your story.

Source | Image: Wikimedia Commons / Carmax / EV-CPO / Craigslist