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Re: Considering a Spark EV in Victoria, BC, Canada

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:50 am
by NORTON
ComputerAbuser wrote:.....It's a 2015 with 18.6K km (11.6K mi). ... now $16 500 as of Oct 4th ($12,674.37 USD).
I'm tempted to buy it tomorrow.
Take a breath, buddy.
You are buying a used car the MOST expensive way.
And at that price, the original owner paid only a little more with the tax breaks.
Do you know about looking up car values on KBB or NADA?

Maybe it's a big deal to buy a used car in the USA and drive it across the border to register it.... I don't know..... Is it?

I shop using Searchtempest. It searches all of Craigslist in a radius you select.
Buy from an owner and not a sleazy used car dealer.
If that doesn't work there are the usual, cars.com, cargurus, autotrader, etc.

Pace yourself! These are great EV's and there are bargains out there.

Re: Considering a Spark EV in Victoria, BC, Canada

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:36 am
by JPL
If you want to come over, pm me. You can try the soul ev too. Do you like Mexican beer?

Re: Considering a Spark EV in Victoria, BC, Canada

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:33 pm
by ComputerAbuser
There is currently only 1 Spark EV for sale in western Canada. The price seems to be equal or better than what they go for out of Quebec where there appears to be a couple dozen for sale.

I can see a few for sale within 100 miles if I cross the border but it looks like a pain to bring them across.

I ended up not getting it and just took the ferry back home.

Re: Considering a Spark EV in Victoria, BC, Canada

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:47 pm
by JPL
ComputerAbuser wrote:There is currently only 1 Spark EV for sale in western Canada. The price seems to be equal or better than what they go for out of Quebec where there appears to be a couple dozen for sale.

I can see a few for sale within 100 miles if I cross the border but it looks like a pain to bring them across.

I ended up not getting it and just took the ferry back home.
Raincheck, man.

Norton, you are invited too!

Re: Considering a Spark EV in Victoria, BC, Canada

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:09 pm
by ComputerAbuser
Well, I've had no luck selling my 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage privately. Not even a low-ball offer. So I guess I'm going to have to trade it in and take the hit on trade. I'm tired of waiting for my EV.

Anyway, there are more options out of Vancouver now (2 dealership have imported some Spark EVs) including a 2016. Too bad it's grey. I'm going to be out of town for 2 weeks starting next week though. I have to decide if I should ferry over and do a trade this weekend before I go or just wait to see what's still there in the new year.

Re: Considering a Spark EV in Victoria, BC, Canada

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:31 am
by NORTON
Use searchtempest and search in a radius from you,,, all the way down to Cali.
Import one yourself!
Can you say ROAD TRIP !

Re: Considering a Spark EV in Victoria, BC, Canada

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:41 am
by ComputerAbuser
Ya, I could save a few grand importing myself, but that's a lot of extra hassle. Taking the ferry over to the mainland to get one that's already imported is already time consuming. I'm also looking at doing a trade-in now and cut my losses on my Mirage.

Re: Considering a Spark EV in Victoria, BC, Canada

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:32 pm
by segr
Have you been able to acquire a Spark EV? I'm in Calgary, AB and have been looking at them for about a month or two and I see there are quite a few more in Vancouver now... a mix of 2015 and 2016, both 1LT and 2LT's some with DC Fast Charge.

I'm trying to figure out if I should buy from an auction and import into canada, buy from Vancouver and drive it back to Calgary (there are quite a few DC FC along the route... every 60 -70 km's or so) or work with a local EV dealer and have him import one for me.

Re: Considering a Spark EV in Victoria, BC, Canada

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:24 am
by ComputerAbuser
Ya, I noticed a lot more popped up in Vancouver. I ended up getting a new Hyundai Ioniq Electric Ultimate instead.

I was pretty much set but after having my wife drive around with me in my Mitsubishi Mirage one day, she expressed to me that she didn't like driving in it. It was small, cramped and uncomfortable. The Spark is a similar size and trim comparison.

It made me realize that I could get a the Spark EV and it would meet my needs, but whenever we drove together we would probably end up taking her SUV because it was more comfortable.

For the first while she kept trying to get me to switch vehicles for the day. I'm positive that wouldn't have been the case with the Spark EV I'm afraid.

Re: Considering a Spark EV in Victoria, BC, Canada

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:23 am
by segr
That's fair... my wife has a van that we drive whenever we are together (with the kids) anyhow... so moving from a 07 Honda Civic to a 15/16 Chevy Spark EV is no big deal for us..... it will be a commuter car for me to get to and from work, much like what I use the civic for today.