Transition énergétique Québec

Frequently asked questions

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 is updated regularly and adheres to 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;
  • the vehicle must be three or four years old and the age is established according to the model year of the vehicle in relation to the date of registration in the applicant's name.

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

7. The vehicle must be three or four years old. Which model years are eligible? NEW!

The vehicle's age is calculated according to the model year, in relation to the date of registration in the applicant's name. To sum up:

  • vehicles from model year 2013 are eligible for the pilot project if they are registered in the applicant's name between April 1 and December 31, 2017;
  • vehicles from model year 2014 are eligible for the pilot project if they are registered in the applicant's name between April 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018;
  • vehicles from model year 2015 are eligible for the pilot project if they are registered in the applicant's name between September 15, 2017 and March 31, 2019.
  • vehicles from model year 2016 are eligible for the pilot project if they are registered in the applicant's name between September 15, 2018 and March 31, 2019.
  • The vehicle must also comply with other conditions at the time of the transaction.

8. 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.

9. What is the deadline for obtaining the used vehicle rebate? NEW!

The new deadline for registering an eligible vehicle for this pilot project is March 31, 2019.

10. 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.

11. 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 form yourself.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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, 2019;
  • 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!).