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Considering a cheap Spark

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 4:20 pm
by taco
So I've been toying with the idea of getting a cheap Spark to drive to work. I have a short commute, only 12 miles round trip, well under the range of the Spark. I've found one for $7k with about 38k miles on it. I found it on cargurus which says it's a "great deal". Does this sound like a good deal? I've seen a few others in California for about $1-2k more with 10k or so less miles.

I know it's hard to say one way or another without checking out the battery with the Torque app but what do you guys think? Does it sound like a decent deal for a commuter/beater ev or should I keep looking/wait for Bolts to come off lease and see what they're going for?

Re: Considering a cheap Spark

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 4:46 pm
by MrDRMorgan
taco wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 4:20 pm
So I've been toying with the idea of getting a cheap Spark to drive to work. I have a short commute, only 12 miles round trip, well under the range of the Spark. I've found one for $7k with about 38k miles on it. I found it on cargurus which says it's a "great deal". Does this sound like a good deal? I've seen a few others in California for about $1-2k more with 10k or so less miles.

I know it's hard to say one way or another without checking out the battery with the Torque app but what do you guys think? Does it sound like a decent deal for a commuter/beater ev or should I keep looking/wait for Bolts to come off lease and see what they're going for?
What year? I might be a bit concerned if it was a 2015 due to possible electrical issues some drivers have experienced - myself included. If the car itself is in very good to excellent condition, why not make the jump; especially if your main use is all local driving? Battery capacity is not a major concern unless your driving requirements in winter approach the maximum range of the car. And, if it were me, I would want to know what the battery capacity is as a point of reference. I bought a used 2014 Spark EV and a used 2016 Spark EV I found on Cargurus.com. Both cars have been trouble-free and I still have them. My 2015 Spark EV was leased for three years and, at the end of the lease, was returned to the dealer.

Re: Considering a cheap Spark

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 4:53 pm
by taco
The one that I am looking at is a 2014. I'm not too concerned with winter as I'm in the south (Texas) and it doesn't really get cold. Mainly mid 30s-40s, and even with potential range decrease it wouldn't get in the way of my weekly commute.

I guess I'm a little hesitant because this is a completely new world for me. I'm not really worried about range anxiety or anything, it's just, different.

Re: Considering a cheap Spark

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 6:13 am
by Kermit
You may look at the trade in value Carvana would give to you if you didn't like it. I've heard of someone getting $7500 for their 2015 with 30k miles on it. If you don't like it you could sell it to them and not be out too much money.

I have an 18 mile round trip commute with a side trip to take our kid to school, after we got a Volt for my wife we realized the Spark EV was a perfect fit for our second car. It is a very small commuter car without a ton of luxury options if you are okay with that. For me being in the car for less than an hour a day total it's what I needed and not much more. I charge it just a few days a week on the standard 8 amp setting through a regular 120V outlet and only a few hours on those days we do actually charge.

Re: Considering a cheap Spark

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 9:32 am
by taco
That’s a good idea I’ll look and see what they would give me for it.

I emailed them and they replaced the shifter assembly & cable as well as the 12vdc battery.

All I’d ever use it for is driving to work and probably short errands around town. The wife’s car is used for any long trips. I would like to save on gas on my Jeep and keep it for having fun.

Re: Considering a cheap Spark

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 10:05 am
by MrDRMorgan
taco wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 4:53 pm
The one that I am looking at is a 2014. I'm not too concerned with winter as I'm in the south (Texas) and it doesn't really get cold. Mainly mid 30s-40s, and even with potential range decrease it wouldn't get in the way of my weekly commute.

I guess I'm a little hesitant because this is a completely new world for me. I'm not really worried about range anxiety or anything, it's just, different.
The 2014 Spark EV I purchased used in 2015 only had 1500 miles on the ODO. I still have the car and it has performed without any problems. I do not have DCFC capability with this car but that has not been a problem for my around-town driving. I charge at home overnight using the L1 EVSE that came with the car. I do have to reset the charging rate to 12 amps each night.

Re: Considering a cheap Spark

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 4:55 pm
by scrambler
I spent $7800 on a 2014 withy 52k miles a few years back, best car purchase Ever :)

Fun, silent, no maintenance, fantastic pickup speed, actually roomier than I though, plug at night, never think about gas again...

Re: Considering a cheap Spark

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 5:14 pm
by taco
I'm really considering it. I'll save something like $600 a year on gas with the Spark. It looks like it would be a fun "beater" car for driving to work. I'm going to have to talk it over with the wife and get my truck sold.

Re: Considering a cheap Spark

Posted: Sat May 11, 2019 5:17 am
by Kermit
If savings is a factor you may want to consider your insurance rates. My rates are about $20 higher a month for my Spark EV than our Volt with the same coverage.

Re: Considering a cheap Spark

Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 9:28 pm
by Mesasand
If you have any concerns about the vehicle or it’s battery life you may want to consider a certified pre owned. It gives an extended warranty on the battery plus two free service checks. I’ve seen some CPOs as low as 8 grand on the GMcertified.com website.