Here to clear the air

Renault Twizy Used

Ginny Says

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5/10

“The idea of owning a Twizy works when I think about living in a big city, where the sun always shines. Which I don't. It's quirky, fun and has a niche of it's own, but it's never going to be a mainstream choice. Despite that, I'm still rather fond of it.”

Tom Says

6/10

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“Quirk-tastic tandem two-seater that’s for urban commuting only. No proper doors, no heating, no problem. Think of it more as a city busting scooter that you can’t fall off at traffic lights, and you’d be about there. I like these. No idea why. ”

Used Twizys are still a rare find. Make sure the paperwork is in order and pay attention to the compulsory battery lease.

  • Prices from:£2,500

Like all used cars, the price of Twizys goes down as they get older and start to rack up a few miles. But what doesn’t go down is the price of the battery lease cost which every owner must agree to. It remains the same if the car is nearly new or eight years old, and can make it difficult to sell a Twizy on. Dealers in particular are wary of taking a Twizy as a trade-in as they have to commit to the payment too. 

If you understand the complications of the battery ownership, then there are usually a handful of Twizys for sale at any one time anywhere in the UK. There is a reasonable choice and prices of the more tired examples starts at about £2,500. Some ambitious dealers ask prices which are close to the new list price though, so don’t be fooled unless they have been loaded with pricey options which make them reasonable value. 

Some Twizys were bought as toys and will have been pampered, but many others have been used by businesses as runarounds and delivery vehicles so might not have been treated with much respect. Look for tired and scuffed plastic parts and evidence of poorly-removed stickers or signs.

We’d also advise you to double check the paperwork. There’s not much to service and maintain on a Twizy, but it’s essential that it is done properly by people who are qualified. Even an MoT can be tricky, as not all garages are able (or willing) to test them as they are classed as a quadricycle, not a car. That might not be a problem if you’re in a city and a Renault dealer is nearby, but in the countryside the nearest workshop might be beyond the Twizy’s range.

Finally, make sure the current owner or dealer has been keeping up the battery payments or you could find yourself in the middle of a legal wrangle!

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