Are you considering going alternative for your next ride? Alternative fuel, that is – specifically, an electric car. These tech-driven vehicles are green, efficient, and stylish and offer a great way to get around for drivers who want to be a bit more eco-friendly. However, they’re not for everyone. Toyota of N Charlotte is here to give you some guidance on how to shop for an electric car and which mistakes NOT to make.
5 errors to avoid when electric car shopping
Mistake 1: Not actually looking at your budget.
When you shop for an electric car, you’ll find that the price tags are a bit higher than those that you’d see on a gasoline car or even a N Charlotte Toyota hybrid. That’s because these cars pack a major punch in terms of technology both under the hood and inside the cabin. Make sure you consult your budget before signing the dotted line to ensure you can afford an alternative fuel vehicle, and don’t forget to include things like insurance and maintenance costs.
Mistake 2: Not considering your commute.
How long is your daily commute? Electric cars run on electrical charge, and they each have a range (how far they can go on one charge). Be sure to calculate your commute to ensure you can effectively make it on a charge, especially if your destination doesn’t have a charging station for your N Charlotte Toyota.
Mistake 3: Not taking your local climate into account.
Did you know that your local climate can have an effect on your electric vehicle? If you live in extreme cold, you could face problems with your battery not charging effectively and your battery not holding a charge well. It shouldn’t be a problem here in Charlotte, but if you call a cold climate home, make sure you take that into consideration.
Mistake 4: Not taking advantage of federal incentives at tax time.
There are actually federal incentives available for people who drive alternative fuel vehicles, which means you can get a break on your taxes and possibly get a larger refund. Be sure to look into it (or have your accountant look into it) at tax time.
Mistake 5: Not thinking about your drive time needs as a whole.
When it comes to your day-to-day drive time, what do you actually need from your N Charlotte Toyota? Do you need the capability to tow or haul, or should your vehicle be off-road ready? What about interior space and cargo capabilities? Make a thorough list of what you need and make sure your vehicle can meet your needs before you sign the dotted line.
Toyota of N Charlotte can help you find the right alternative fuel car
Have questions about electric cars or want to take one of our N Charlotte Toyotas for a spin? Call us today! Toyota of N Charlotte is open seven days a week at (704) 875-9199 and we’re conveniently located just off I-77 at exit 23 in Huntersville.