Used Renault Zoe electric car buying guide

Until 1 February 2018, all Zoes came with a four-year, 100,000-mile manufacturer warranty, but make sure you buy carefully, because after that date the warranty was reduced to three years and 60,000 miles. From 18 December 2019 onwards, however, Renault pushed its warranty back up to five years and 100,000 miles. 

Irrespective of this, every Zoe will have an eight-year, 100,000-mile battery warranty, which guarantees the battery will retain up to 66 per cent of its full capacity. From 1st March 2020, extra guarantees were added, for 80 per cent capacity in years 1-3, and 70 per cent in years 4-5. 

Battery leased cars, meanwhile, are guaranteed for the duration of the lease up to 75 per cent capacity – so one useful bonus of a battery lease car is that you should be able to get your battery replaced if it drops below that figure, no matter how old it is.

What do I need to look out for?

Faults with the Renault Zoe centre mainly on the charging system, with several owners reporting issues that cause their cars not to charge, or to charge intermittently. Some owners have also reported battery faults that result in much lower range than normal. 

As a result, we strongly recommend you try charging any prospective purchase, paying close attention to the range indicator to double check you’re projected to achieve somewhere in the vicinity of the maximum range when the car is fully charged. 

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