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REBATE for used vehicle

September 15, 2017 - Fully electric 2015 vehicle models are eligible as of now.
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Frequently asked questions

Purchase or Lease Rebate for a New Vehicle

1. How can I find out if the vehicle I want to buy is eligible for the government rebate?

See the list of vehicles eligible for the rebate on the purchase or lease of electric vehicles. This list is based on information provided by auto manufacturers and is updated regularly.

2. Were the rebates modified on April 1, 2017?

Yes, since April 1, 2017, the amounts of the rebates vary according to the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

For all-electric vehicles, the rebate:

  • is unchanged for vehicles on which the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is less than $75 000;
  • $3 000 at the most for vehicles on which the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is at least $75 000 but less than $125 000;
  • nil for vehicles on which the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $125 000 or more.

For plug-in hybrid vehicles, the rebate:

  • is unchanged for vehicles on which the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is less than $75 000;
  • nil for vehicles on which the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $75 000 or more.

Moreover, the $500 rebate offered for hybrid vehicles ends starting with the 2018 model year.

Please consult the list of eligible vehicles to determine the current applicable rebate.

3. Can I get the rebate if the car dealer in my region is not a program partner?

If your car dealer does not offer to immediately deduct the rebate from the price of your vehicle, you will have to fill out the application form yourself.

See the procedure.

4. Why do I have to provide my social insurance number?

Your social insurance number will be used to produce an RL-27 slip (“government payments”). Revenu Québec requires that the Ministry provide this document when paying a subsidy. The law also requires that individuals provide their social insurance number when a slip must be issued in their name.

5. Why do I have to provide my email address?

The telephone number and email address allow us to communicate with the participants to obtain, if need be, additional information essential to process their application or evaluate the program in which they have participated.

6. Will the amount of financial assistance be the same throughout the duration of the program?

Since the program’s inception in January 2012, the amounts of the rebates were revised on January 1, 2013, February 1, 2014, January 1, 2015, January 1, 2016 and April 1, 2017. The amounts established on April 1, 2017 will be in force until December 31, 2020.

7. Is the amount of financial assistance the same for a purchase and for a long-term lease?

The rebate amount depends on the number of months on the lease.

For example, if a participant chooses a vehicle eligible for a $7,000 purchase rebate and opts for a 24-month long-term lease, he or she will get a $3,500 rebate. Long-term leases of 48 months and over are eligible for the same rebate as a purchase.

Eligible Vehicles
Purchase Rebate Lease Rebate
12 to 23 month 24 to 35 month 36 to 47 month 48 month and Over
As percentage 100% 25% 50% 75% 100%

This rule applies if you acquire one or two vehicles in the same year. If you expect to acquire three or more vehicles, see the following question.

8. Can I apply for a rebate on three or more all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles in the same year?

If you plan on applying for a rebate on three or more vehicles in the same year, each vehicle must be leased for at least 36 months to be eligible for a rebate.

Rebate on Three or More Vehicles in the Same Year
Rebate as a Percentage
Type
of
vehi-
cles
12 to 23 month
lease
24 to 35 month
lease
36 to 47 month
lease
48 month
lease or longer
Purchase
All electric vehicle - - 75% 100% 100%
Plug-in hybrid vehicles - - 75% 100% 100%

9. How are vehicle taxes calculated?

Applicable taxes are calculated based on the value of the vehicle before the purchase or long-term lease rebate is applied.

Purchase or Lease Rebate for a Used Vehicle

1. What type of warranty coverage should I get and how much does it cost?

There should be complete warranty coverage for 3 years or 40 000 km, whichever comes first. The warranty must cover the entire vehicle and not just some components. There is no obligation for this warranty to be specific to electric vehicles.

Generally, a new warranty covering a used vehicle must be purchased. The price will vary according to different criteria, such as the mileage at the time of purchase and conditions in the event of a claim. For example, it is reasonable to disburse between $1000 and $2000 (before taxes) for this warranty.

However, a new vehicle warranty covering the entire vehicle may be sufficient to meet this condition, in whole or in part, based on the remaining duration of the warranty.

2. What type of inspection should be made on the vehicle? (New)

Other than the mechanical inspection required by the SAAQ, an additional inspection must be carried out. The content of the inspection is subject to no particular requirement. However, it is recommended that the vehicle be inspected as completely as possible, including the state of the battery, as is the case with car manufacturers prior to certifying a vehicle.

The certificate and the SAAQ mechanical inspection report are not supporting documents required when applying to participate in the pilot project.

3. What document must I provide to show that the vehicle is being registered for the first time in Québec? (New)

Only the “Vehicle Record in Québec” issued upon request by the SAAQ must be provided. This document includes the history of ownership of the vehicle in Québec and must be issued after the first registration of the vehicle in Québec made by the applicant.

The “Car Proof” report is not a supporting document required when applying to participate in the pilot project, nor can it be used to replace the Vehicle Record in Québec issued by the SAAQ.

4. Why are an inspection, certification and warranty covering the entire vehicle for 3 years or 40 000 km required, since the vehicle’s battery is still covered by the car manufacturer for several years and the vehicle has already been subjected to a mechanical inspection by the SAAQ when it was imported to Québec? (New)

The purpose of the inspection and certification of the vehicle is to ensure that the vehicle is in good condition at the time of the transaction. The dealer must obtain this through a car manufacturer certification program or a signed letter indicating that the dealer is an independent dealer.

When a used vehicle is imported to Québec, the mechanical inspection required by the SAAQ is a visual inspection of the vehicle’s main components to ensure road worthiness and the mechanical fitness of vehicles for circulation on roadways in Québec. Some components are not targeted by this inspection. Indeed, the SAAQ recommends that the vehicle undergo a mechanical inspection to assess its mechanical state in general.

The warranty covering the entire vehicle is to ensure that the vehicle is in good condition at the time of the transaction and remains so for a period of at least 3 years or 40 000 km. The car manufacturer’s warranty on the battery is necessary, but not sufficient alone to maintain the vehicle in a good state of operation.

5. Who must inspect my used vehicle and provide its certification? New!

If you do business with a car dealer tied to an automaker, the vehicle must be certified under a certification program or initiative covering used vehicles managed by the automaker.

The full inspection report must also be appended to the rebate application.

If you do business with an independent car dealer, the latter can have certified the vehicle by an automaker or certify the vehicle himself. In the latter instance, the car dealer must:

  • evaluate the vehicle’s condition* and make the necessary repairs;
  • submit the full inspection report and documents (work orders, invoices, and so on) confirming that the work was performed;
  • certify in his name (signed letter) the good condition of the vehicle before the transaction.

*Note: The mechanical inspection for imported vehicles required by the SAAQ is not sufficient under the pilot project. An additional inspection of vehicle condition is mandatory.

6. Which used vehicle models are eligible?

You can consult the full list of eligible used vehicles.
The list complies with the conditions governing the pilot project:

  • the vehicle must be all-electric;
  • the price of a new vehicle similar to the used vehicle (same model and version) must be less than $125 000;
  • moreover, the vehicle can be of model year 2013, 2014 or 2015* if the transaction is conducted in 2017. It must be of model year 2014 or 2015 if the transaction is conducted in 2018.

* On September 15, 2017, a change was made to the conditions of vehicle eligibility to advance the eligibility of the 2015 models. These are now eligible for the pilot project if they were licensed in the name of the applicant between September 15, 2017 and March 31, 2018.

The vehicle must also comply with other conditions at the time of the transaction.

7. When did the rebate on a used electric vehicle come into force?

On April 1, 2017.

If you have purchased an eligible used vehicle that satisfies all of the conditions of the pilot project between April 1, 2017 and the present, you can submit your application for a used vehicle rebate to Transition énergétique Québec, the new public body responsible for the pilot project.

The pilot project was announced in the Québec government’s Budget 2017-2018. The conditions of application of the pilot project were disclosed in May but the project is retroactive to April 1, 2017.

8. What is the deadline for obtaining the used vehicle rebate?

The vehicle must be registered no later than March 31, 2018. However, it should be noted that only 1 000 rebates will be granted to the first applicants under the used vehicle pilot project. We cannot, therefore, guarantee that the rebates will still be available until March 31, 2018. Monitor the number of rebates still available.

9. Can I reserve a rebate even if I still don’t have my vehicle?

No, you cannot reserve your used vehicle rebate. You must purchase your used vehicle before submitting your rebate application. Moreover, you must attach to your application a copy of the signed contract, a copy of the SAAQ registration certificate, and so on. The transaction must, therefore, have taken place.

Only complete participation applications will be processed, in the order that TEQ receives them.

10. Must I personally submit my rebate application?

Your automobile dealership can fill out the application for you and immediately apply the rebate when you purchase your used vehicle. You will have to sign the government used vehicle rebate application form.

If your dealer does not offer you this possibility, verify that the vehicle purchased is eligible under the conditions of the pilot project, then fill out the rebate application formyourself.

11. Where can I purchase a used vehicle to obtain the rebate?

You can contact an automobile dealership that maintains an establishment in Québec and offers eligible used vehicles.

You can choose a car dealer tied to an automaker or an independent car dealer specializing in used vehicles.

The automobile dealership must also possess a valid permit issued by the Office de la protection du consommateur.

12. Can I purchase my used vehicle from an individual?

Unfortunately, no. Under the pilot project, the conditions to be observed do not allow you to obtain the used vehicle rebate if you buy a vehicle from an individual.

13. Why must the used vehicle come from outside Québec?

The objective of the pilot project is to increase the number of electric vehicles on Québec roads. This objective will be attained solely if used electric vehicles come from the United States or another Canadian province.

Furthermore, this condition of the pilot project guarantees that the vehicle has not already been subject to a government rebate under the Drive Electric Program.

14. Can I personally purchase my vehicle outside Québec?

No, under the pilot project, the transaction must be carried out by an automobile dealership that maintains an establishment in Québec.

It is up to the automobile dealership to import the used vehicle from outside Québec.

15. Can I lease my used vehicle?

Yes, you can obtain the used vehicle rebate if you buy or lease your vehicle long term. On the other hand, the lease must run for a minimum of 36 months (three years) to be eligible for the rebate.

16. Can I obtain the same rebate if I lease for 36 or 48 months?

  • If you lease the vehicle for from 36 months to less than 48 months, you will obtain 75% of the amount of the used vehicle rebate.
  • If you lease the vehicle for 48 months or more, you will obtain 100% of the amount of the used vehicle rebate.

Please consult the list for the amounts of the rebates by model and type of acquisition.

17. In short, what conditions must be observed to obtain a rebate?

To be eligible for a rebate, the used vehicle must:

  • be included on the list of eligible used vehicles, that is, it must be all-electric and three or four years old;
  • be purchased or leased for a minimum period of 36 months from an automobile dealership that maintains an establishment in Québec;
  • be registered for the first time in Québec at the time of the transaction and, therefore, come from outside Québec;
  • be registered in the applicant’s name between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018;
  • be covered by a full vehicle warranty of at least three years or 40 000 km, whichever comes first, starting on the date of registration in the applicant’s name;
  • have been inspected and certified by an automaker or an independant car dealer (New!).

Charging stations

1. Can I purchase my charging station before I have my vehicle?

You can buy and install an eligible charging station before you take possession of your vehicle, but you must wait until you take possession of the vehicle before submitting your rebate application to the program manager.

2. Are all charging stations eligible for a rebate?

Charging stations must meet certain criteria to be eligible for the program. See the Charging station rebate section.

3. How much does it cost on average to purchase and install a charging station?

Generally speaking, it costs $1,500 for the station and its installation.

The price for a 240 volt charging station can vary between $600 and $1,300 (before taxes). Charging stations can be purchased from a dealer, a distributor, a superstore or directly from the manufacturer.

Installation costs can range from $400 to $1,100 (before taxes). These costs may be higher if you need to upgrade your electrical panel or run underground cables.

In the province of Québec, the Building Code requires all electrical work to be carried out by an electrical contractor. However, you may not need to carry out any installation work if your home is already equipped with a 240V electrical outlet that complies with current regulations

4. What information must appear on my charging station invoice?

The invoice or proof of purchase for the charging station must list the following information:

  • Date of the transaction
  • Name of the supplier or name of the supplier's company and contact information
  • Detailed description of the items included in the transaction
  • The amount for each item included in the transaction as well as the final amount of the transaction (including all applicable taxes and fees)

    If you made an online purchase, the information may be scattered throughout several documents: make sure to attach all required documents to your refund application.

5. Was the refund program modified on April 1, 2017?

Yes, it is now possible for the successive owners of a given eligible vehicle to submit a refund application for the purchase and installation of a home charging station. The applicant’s name and the address at which the charging station is installed must be different from the previous applications linked to the vehicle.

6. I bought a used electric vehicle. Can I take advantage of the refund for a charging station?

Yes, since April 1, 2017, individuals who purchase a used electric vehicle can apply for a refund for the purchase and installation of a home charging station. This applies to the owners or lessees of an all-electric vehicle, a plug-in hybrid vehicle or an electric motorcycle.

The applicant’s name and the address at which the charging station is installed must be different from the previous applications linked to the vehicle.

7. There is no charging station where I work. How can I convince my employer to offer this service?

Since February 2014, companies, municipalities and organizations can receive a refund for the installation of one or several charging stations at the workplace. Companies are not required to have electric vehicles in their car fleet to take advantage of this refund. During the three years following the installation of the station, charging must be offered at no additional cost to employees who use the station to charge their personal vehicles. You can find more information about this program by reading the section on Workplace charging stations (in French only).