The most and least expensive cities to buy electric cars

Due to regional used car price variations, budget-minded used car shoppers who are willing to travel can increase their chances of finding a discount on electric cars. “When looking at the available used electric cars, used car prices can vary by as much as $41,913 between cities,” said iSeeCars Executive Analyst Karl Brauer. “In today’s market, deals on used electric cars are difficult to find, and even after purchasing a plane ticket or taking a road trip, consumers may find that traveling to buy a used electric car could be worth it for significant savings.”

As part of its recent Most and Least Expensive Cities to Buy a Used Car study, iSeeCars analyzed the used car prices of electric vehicles to determine the cities where they are the most and least expensive.  

Most and Least Expensive Cities to Buy Used Electric Cars

When examining local prices of used electric cars, the vehicle with the largest price disparities had at least a 38.8 percent price difference between the cheapest and most expensive cities.

RankVehicleCheapest City to Buy the CarMost Expensive City to Buy the Car% Savings $ Savings
1Tesla Model SNorfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VASt. Louis, MO38.8%$37,247
2Nissan LEAFSpokane, WAKnoxville, TN38.6%$11,171
3Chevrolet Bolt EVGreen Bay-Appleton, WISeattle-Tacoma, WA35.3%$11,031
4Tesla Model XMobile, AL-Pensacola, FLSan Antonio, TX29.7%$31,258
5Hyundai Kona ElectricMilwaukee, WIDenver, CO29.4%$11,861
6Audi E-Tron SportbackSalt Lake City, UTMedford-Klamath Falls, OR28.5%$26,260
7Porsche TaycanIndianapolis, INMedford-Klamath Falls, OR26.2%$41,913
8Tesla Model 3Shreveport, LASioux Falls(Mitchell), SD21.1%$12,066
9Ford Mustang Mach-EAlbany-Schenectady-Troy, NYDenver, CO18.6%$12,114
10Jaguar I-PaceAtlanta, GAPhiladelphia, PA16.8%$11,059
11Tesla Model YColumbia, SCMedford-Klamath Falls, OR15.9%$11,741
12Kia Niro EVPhiladelphia, PACharlotte, NC15.4%$6,082
13Audi E-TronColumbus, OHFt. Myers-Naples, FL14.9%$10,947
14Volkswagen Id.4Madison, WICharlotte, NC14.6%$7,400
15Volvo XC40Phoenix, AZBoston, MA-Manchester, NH7.0%$4,170

The Tesla Model S is the vehicle that has the greatest price disparity between the most expensive and least expensive cities. “The average used price of a Tesla Model S is 38.8 percent or $37,247 less in the Norfolk, VA metropolitan area than it does in Saint Louis, MO,” said Brauer. “Contributing factors for the price disparity could include inventory levels and trim distribution, but it shows that the Model S used car prices vary widely among cities.”

The Volvo XC40 electric subcompact SUV is the electric vehicle with the smallest price disparity among cities with a 7.0 percent or $4,170 between its cheapest city of Phoenix, AZ, and its most expensive city of Boston, MA. “The new for 2022 all-electric XC40 subcompact SUV is Volvo’s first fully-electric vehicle, and it is not yet readily available on the used car marketplace,” said Brauer. “However, even though it has the smallest price variance between its cheapest and most expensive cities, it still presents significant savings.”

Bottom Line

It can be difficult to find a deal on a used electric car in today’s market, but expanding your search radius can provide consumers with the best opportunity to find more savings. “Even if you can’t travel to the city with the greatest savings on your car, you will probably find greater savings beyond your local area within the search radius you are most comfortable with,” said Brauer.

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