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28 July 2017

Rebate for used electric vehicles - More flexible inspection and certification conditions governing used vehicles

In early April, the Québec government announced a pilot project to promote the purchase of used electric vehicles. Transition énergétique Québec is administering the pilot project, which offers a rebate of up to $4 000 on the purchase of an eligible all-electric used vehicle.

To enable as many purchasers of used electric vehicles as possible to benefit from the rebate, Transition énergétique Québec has decided to modify one of the conditions for participating in the pilot project. It is now possible to do business with an independent car dealer to have certified a used vehicle. To this end, the car dealer must:

  • evaluate the vehicle’s condition and make the necessary repairs according to similar provisions in the automaker’s used vehicle certification program;
  • provide 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.

This modification is retroactive and will apply to all applications received since the pilot project’s inception. Up to 1 000 rebates  will be granted between now and March 31, 2018.

It is still possible to 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.

In both instances, the full inspection report must be appended to the rebate application and the used vehicle must be registered between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018. 

To find out more about the used vehicle pilot project, please visit

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