The best electric cars to buy used are the ones with the most battery capacity left. You might not know that if you have to replace an EV’s battery pack, it can cost thousands of dollars to replace it. But don't fret, checking the battery capacity is as simple as plugging the car into an onboard diagnostic tool. It’s the kind of thing a dealer experienced with EVs should have right on hand. You also can get do-it-yourself scanners that work with smartphone apps and cost less than $50.
In either case, a good benchmark comes from the leading EV makers: They guarantee their battery packs will maintain at least 70 to 75 percent of their capacity even after eight years in service. We've compiled a list of the best electric cars to buy used to help get you started on your EV shopping journey.