Transition énergétique Québec

Frequently asked questions

Purchase or Lease Rebate for a Used Vehicle

1. When submitting my rebate application for a used vehicle, must I provide proof that the vehicle's original warranty is honoured in Quebec?

No. You don’t have to provide proof of the original warranty for the used car you are considering purchasing or that you have just purchased. We have made sure that all the models on the list of Eligible used vehicles are covered by an original warranty honoured in Québec.

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

An inspection is required to evaluate the residual capacity of the battery with respect to the initial capacity. Proof of this inspection must be attached to the rebate application.

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

3. 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 program:

  • 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 be covered by the new vehicle warranty honoured in Québec, including the coverage that applies to the battery.

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

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

December 31, 2020, is the deadline for registering an eligible vehicle under the Roulez vert program. March 31, 2021, is the deadline for sending the participation application to Transition énergétique Québec.

5. Must I personally submit my rebate application?

Your car dealer can fill out the application for you and immediately apply the rebate when you purchase your used vehicle.

You will have to sign a transfer of rights form for the government rebate for a used vehicle.

If your dealer does not offer you this possibility, make sure that the vehicle you purchased is eligible under the conditions of the program, then use the online services to send us your rebate application. You may mail us your application if you prefer.

6. Can I lease my used vehicle?

Leased used vehicles have not been eligible under the program since April 18, 2019.

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

Here is a summary of the conditions in effect since April 18, 2019.

To be eligible for the rebate, used vehicles must meet the following conditions:

  • Be included on the list of eligible used vehicles, that is, be an all-electric vehicle and be three or four years old and be covered by the original new vehicle warranty honoured in Québec, including the coverage that applies to the battery
  • Have been purchased from a car dealer that maintains an establishment in Québec
  • Be registered for the first time in Québec at the time of the transaction
  • Be inspected to evaluate the residual capacity of the battery with respect to the initial capacity

8. What conditions must be observed to obtain a rebate for an used vehicle registered before April 18, 2019?

Attention! The following conditions only apply to used vehicles who where registered between April 1, 2017 and April 17, 2019.

Warranty

If the used vehicle was registered between April 1, 2017, and April 17, 2019, 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.

In general, a new warranty covering a used vehicle must be purchased. The price will vary according to different criteria, such as the kilometrage 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.

Type of inspection

If the used vehicle was registered between April 1, 2017, and April 17, 2019, in addition to 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 program.

Why are an inspection, certification and warranty covering the entire vehicle for 3 years or 40,000 km required?

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.