Buying

 
How to buy or lease an electric car: advice from owner who's done it four times

How to buy or lease an electric car: advice from owner who's done it four times

Most shoppers seem to view visiting a franchised auto dealer to negotiate the purchase or lease of a new car with a distinct lack of enthusiasm. In fact, as electric-car driver Douglas Kerr notes, the process is often compared to having a cavity filled. Kerr has now leased or bought four separate... read more

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2006 Toyota Prius and 2015 Nissan Leaf  [photo: John C. Briggs]

Should we buy a Toyota Prius Prime, Chevy Bolt EV, or Volt?

It's now time to shop for a new car for my wife, as her wonderful 2006 Toyota Prius has 144,000 miles and we're ready for something new. So I thought I might throw the... read more August 7, 2017 by


 
Owner Dawn Hall before 800-mile road trip in 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car

Note to (a few) electric-car advocates: get off your high horses

Any movement produces passionate advocates and angry detractors, even as the vast mass of people pay it little or no attention. When that movement involves most people's... read more July 25, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Volt, leased by Phil Ganz of Texas

What it took to buy an electric car in Texas: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to locate and purchase or lease a Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid somewhere in the heart of Texas oil country. Hoping to make... read more September 2, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S 'Limited Time' Lease Offered At $698 Per Month

Perhaps to stimulate buyer interest during typically slower winter months, Tesla Motors is touting a new lease deal for its Model S electric luxury sedan. This "limited time"... read more January 25, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

2016 Nissan Leaf: How Does It Compare To 2012 Model On Price, Equipment, Range?

The 2016 Nissan Leaf gets a few updates, most notably an optional 30-kilowatt-hour battery pack that allows for a 107-mile range. That's a substantial increase over the 84... read more September 25, 2015 by


 
Buick and GMC dealership

More Informed Car Buyers Don't Need Salesmen, But 'Facilitators'

Car buyers today have far more information than they did just 15 years ago, and they're using it. Google says that three-quarters of all auto shoppers now do hours of... read more April 27, 2015 by


 
2015 Ford Fiesta

Future Buyers Of Gen Z Prefer Cars To Trucks; Fuel Economy Is Key

Last year saw a significant increase in the sales of SUVs and crossover utilities, but the next generation of car buyers may be on the verge of reversing that trend. While... read more March 2, 2015 by


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

What's The Best Electric Car To Buy For The Average Consumer?

Automotive journalists often use each other as information sources, or to get reality checks on new material. Recently, a colleague asked, "If auto journalists had the choice... read more December 13, 2014 by


 
2013 Tesla Model S and 2011 Chevrolet Volt in garage; photo by George Parrott

Here's Why Electric Cars Will Succeed: Owners Just Adore Them

Imagine you're a carmaker, and you found you could build a type of vehicle that customers all absolutely adored. Not just liked. Not just said, "Yeah, it's fine, it does what... read more February 28, 2014 by


 
2012 Vauxhall Ampera

U.K. Plug-In Electric Car Incentives: Why Haven't They Worked?

Sales figures for plug-in cars in the U.S. crossed the 100,000 mark four months ago, but in the U.K., the government has announced that it will end plug-in car incentives... read more October 2, 2013 by


 
2012 Tesla Model S

Wait, Tesla Owners And Fans Don't Care So Much About Green?

It's dangerous to assume, as the saying goes. And a lot of assumptions about why people buy electric cars are wrong--including that they only do so because they're "green,"... read more August 8, 2013 by 90


 
Tesla owners & supporters gather in Statehouse in Austin to support company [photo: John Griswell]

Tesla Loses Legal Battles To Texas, North Carolina Dealers

Win some, lose some. Tesla's had a very good year thus far, but it was recently dealt legislative defeats in two states where it had hoped to sell its electric cars. In... read more June 6, 2013 by 31


 
Gas pump

Is Right Now The Very Best Time To Buy A Car? Discuss

Slowly, the economic recession is winding down and consumer moods are improving. Plus, today's new cars get better gas mileage than they did just a few years ago. Is this... read more June 4, 2013 by 15


 
Three Nissan Leafs

Five Ideal Companion Cars To The 2012 Nissan Leaf

You’ve taken the plunge and shelled out anything from $33,000 upwards for an all-electric 2012 Nissan Leaf. Quiet, efficient and full of gadgets, you’ve... read more May 17, 2012 by 18


 
2012 Ford Focus Electric, New York City, April 2012

Electric Cars' Secret Advantage: They're Just Nicer To Drive

Plug-in electric cars are now on sale from several carmakers, and their sales will rise slowly over the next decade. Right now, most of the marketing for those electric cars... read more April 27, 2012 by 58


 

 
 

 
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