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Test drives

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, the next step is to visit your local dealer. 

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Plan your visit

Take someone with you

Choosing an electric car is a big decision, so having someone there to talk things over with helps. Other named drivers should also test drive the cars.

At the dealer

Take a test drive

Electric cars can be very different to standard cars, so it’s important to check that they’re right for you. We recommend driving a few different models to find the right one for you.

Get to know the technology

Do not be afraid to ask your dealer lots of questions. They’ll talk through everything in detail, make suggestions and might even help you make a better choice.

Have a charging demonstration

The dealer will show you how to charge and connect a car up to a chargepoint. Ask your dealer to drive you to a local chargepoint so they can show you how to use one. It’s a good idea to also ask your dealer about the different chargepoint apps you can use.

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“Do not feel pressured – choose when you’re happy.”

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Make the most of your test drives

Take your time and try out different cars. Ask any questions you can think of, as your dealer is happy to help. If you think of any questions later on, you can always contact your dealer. 

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Things to check in the car

  • Can you get in and out comfortably?
  • Headroom and seat adjustment
  • Can you reach the seatbelt?
  • Can you see all the mirrors?
  • Can you load the boot?
  • Is there space for mobility equipment?
  • The car’s special features
  • Do you need any adaptations?
  • Make sure you understand the range and how it’s displayed in your car
  • What appears on the display, for example, when your car is connected to a chargepoint
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Things to do on the test drive

  • Bring along any named drivers
  • Bring any regular passengers
  • Try driving to the places you visit most
  • Try manoeuvres like reversing, parking and hill starts
  • Try to connect the car to a charger
  • Understand what the switches or buttons on the socket do, if there are any

Speak to a dealer

It’s important to talk to a dealer when you’re ready, to check if your choice suits you. They’ll arrange test drives and place your order.

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What you’ll get in our worry‑free package

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A brand-new vehicle

It’ll arrive new and adapted, if you need it.

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Insurance cover

We’ll arrange this for you. You can add up to three named drivers and can change these at any time.

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Breakdown cover

We’ll give you RAC cover, so you can travel with peace of mind.

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Servicing and MOT

We’ll cover your regular services and routine repairs, to keep your vehicle running perfectly.

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Support with your electric car

We’ll arrange and cover the standard cost of a home chargepoint and its installation, or give you access to the bp pulse network of over 9,000 public chargepoints.

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