September 21, 2022

What questions should I ask the dealership when buying an EV?

The Lectrium team has compiled a list of things you need to know when purchasing or ordering your first electric vehicle from a dealership. We have listed questions you should ask and the knowledge you need when purchasing a new EV or a used EV.

What are the key factors to consider at a dealership when buying an EV?

When buying an EV, amongst other things in other types of vehicles like safety features, you need to consider:

  • The size of your EV’s battery
  • The range of your EV
  • How high your EV’s battery voltage is
  • What is the amperage of the onboard charger or how many kW your EV can accept?
  • Any available incentives
  • Your charging options. For more information on different types of chargers and their charge times, visit our blog post on level 1 versus level 2 charging.
  • The warranty and maintenance schedule of your new EV

For used EVs, also consider:

  • The remaining battery life of the vehicle or SoH (State of Health) of the battery
  • Maintenance history of the EV

How long will it take to get my EV once I order it?

Delivery times depend on a host of factors, namely OEM supply. Some EV buyers are waiting 18+ months for their vehicles! Others are getting deliveries in a matter of days.

Used EV buyers have the benefit of picking up and driving off the lot right away. However, our experience shows that a used EV does not stay long at a dealership.

Can I trust dealership prices for EVs?

Many horror stories have come out of dealerships marking up the MSRP by tens of thousands of dollars. Especially in light of recent supply chain shortages and EV manufacturing delays, certain dealers have felt inclined to markup their MSRP to completely unreasonable prices.

Fortunately, though, attention has been brought to this issue and OEMs are taking action. Ford, for example, has just informed dealerships that they must agree to no-haggle pricing in order to carry electric Ford vehicles. Indeed, Ford is not alone. Companies such as GM, Hyundai, Nissan, and Subaru have reputedly taken similar action. And, given that companies such as Tesla don’t operate dealerships, prices are standardized whether on their website or in a Tesla gallery where orders may be placed.

What is MSRP?

Informally referred to as “sticker price”, MSRP stands for Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price, representing the manufacturer’s recommended vehicle selling price. Importantly, though, it is only a recommendation. At the dealer’s discretion, the sales price can be higher or lower than the vehicle’s MSRP which consists of both the base price of the vehicle and any additional options that the vehicle is equipped with.

Where can I find EV dealerships near me?

One can always begin by doing simple web searches along the lines of “electric vehicles for sale near [insert location]” but at Lectrium, we recommend you visit Electric For All’s electric vehicle dealer map. Here, you can input your zip code and receive the names, addresses, and phone numbers of EV-certified dealerships in close proximity to you. Before visiting, though, just make sure to call to ensure that they have vehicles in stock.

Do dealerships help with EV charging?

It ultimately varies from dealership to dealership, but many provide incentive information to clients or even have an in-house DC fast charger. However, for your convenience, you should consider installing an EV charger at your home. We believe that the best user experience is to wake up every morning with a full tank (battery) of your electric car.

Which OEM dealerships have the best EV buying experience?

As more and more OEMs begin to manufacture electric vehicles, there have been questions on whether or not the traditional dealership model would be preferable. With companies like Tesla and Rivian employing online and in-store ordering for all their vehicles, many potential EV buyers are wondering which sales model and experience will serve them best.

Well, according to a recent study conducted by a research firm called Pied Piper Management Company, EV buyers have been more satisfied with the traditional dealer experience. The top 5 prospect satisfaction OEMs included Cadillac, Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz, Acura, and Volvo. EV buyers have reported a more personalized with such companies. For Pied Piper’s satisfaction ranking of 25 OEMs, view the following article from Kelley Blue Book.

Which dealerships are most popular for EV sales?

Although Tesla sells directly to customers rather than using dealerships, it is the most popular EV manufacturer by market share in the country. It is followed in market share by Chevrolet, Toyota, BMW, Honda, and Nissan. Yet it is important to mention that Audi is the only brand that sells electric vehicles in all of its dealerships nationwide. Jaguar sells EVs in 55% of its dealerships and BMW sells EVs in 38% of its dealerships. For more information on EV market share and popularity, visit the following webpage.

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