Transition énergétique Québec

Frequently asked questions

Purchase or Lease Rebate for a Used Vehicle

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

No, you do not have to provide the vehicle warranty. This information was validated by the program administrator before adding the vehicle to the list of Eligible used vehicles.

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

You do not need to get a warranty if the used vehicle is registered between April 18, 2019, and December 31, 2020. This requirement was in force until April 17, 2019.

For used vehicles registered before April 18, 2019

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.

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

If the used vehicle is registered between April 18, 2019, and December 31, 2020, an inspection is required to evaluate the residual capacity of the battery with respect to the initial capacity.

For used vehicles registered between April 1, 2017, and April 17, 2019.

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.

4. 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 program, nor can it be used to replace the Vehicle Record in Québec issued by SAAQ.

5. 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 into Québec?

This requirement only applies to used vehicles registered between April 1, 2017, and April 17, 2019.

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.

6. Who must inspect my used vehicle and provide its certification?

This requirement only applies to used vehicles registered between April 1, 2017, and April 17, 2019.

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 Roulez vert program. An additional inspection of the condition of the vehicle is compulsory.

7. 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.

8. How is the age of the used vehicle calculated?

Under this program, the used vehicle must be three or four years old on the date it is registered. Simply put, the model year of the vehicle is used to calculate the age of the used vehicle at the time it is registered. It is thus not necessary to know the exact date the vehicle was acquired by the first owner.

For a list of model years that are eligible for the used car rebate in 2019 and 2020, see the next question.

9. What model years are eligible for the rebate? New!

Rebate eligibility period for used all-electric vehicles based on the model year of the vehicle

Model year of the vehicle Registration date of the used vehicle
2015 Between September 15, 2017, and December 31, 2019
2016 Between September 15, 2018, and December 31, 2020
2017 Between September 15, 2019, and December 31, 2020
2018 Between September 15, 2020, and December 31, 2020

Note: The age of the vehicle is calculated based on its model year and the date it is registered in the name of the applicant.

Since new models are often offered for sale several months in advance by car dealers, the eligibility period for each model year has been extended and begins on September 15 of the previous year.

10. 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 met all the conditions of the pilot project between April 1, 2017, and the present, you can submit your application for a used vehicle rebate with Transition énergétique Québec, the manager of the Roulez vert program.

11. 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.

12. 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, verify that the vehicle purchased is eligible under the conditions of the program, then fill out the rebate application form yourself.

13. 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.

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

Unfortunately, no. The program conditions do not allow you to receive the used vehicle rebate if you purchase a vehicle from an individual.

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

The objective of the program 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 Roulez vert program guarantees that the vehicle has not already received a government rebate under the Roulez vert program.

16. Can I personally purchase my vehicle outside Québec?

No. Under the Roulez vert program, the transaction must be carried out by a car dealer that maintains an establishment in Québec.

It is up to the car dealer to import the used vehicle from outside Québec.

17. Can I lease my used vehicle?

Used vehicles registered between April 18, 2019, and December 31, 2020, are only eligible for the rebate if they have been purchased. Leased vehicles are not eligible.

If the used vehicle was registered between April 1, 2017, and April 17, 2019, you may receive a used vehicle rebate if you purchased or signed a long-term lease for your vehicle. However, the lease must be for at least 36 months (3 years) for you to be entitled to a rebate.

  • If you are leasing your vehicle from 36 up to 48 months, you will obtain 75% of the amount of the rebate for a used vehicle.
  • If you are leasing your vehicle for 48 months or more, you will obtain 100% of the rebate for a used vehicle

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

To be eligible for the rebate, used vehicles registered on or after April 18, 2019, 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

To be eligible for the rebate, used vehicles registered between April 1, 2017, and April 17, 2019, must meet the following conditions:

  • Be included on the list of eligible used vehicles, that is, they must be all-electric and be three or four years old
  • Be purchased or leased for a minimum period of 36 months from a car dealer that maintains an establishment in Québec
  • Be registered for the first time in Québec at the time of the transaction and, thus, come from outside Québec
  • Be registered in the applicant’s name between April 1, 2017, and April 17, 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 independent car dealer.