Before we get into the details on how you can and should find the best neighborhood vehicles, let’s first define what a neighborhood vehicle is. The law defines it as a small four-wheeled vehicle that has a maximum speed of 30 miles per hour, runs on electricity and has a gross weight of 3,000 pounds at most.
Neighborhood vehicles are defined by their lack of safety features like airbags, although they may have seat belts. This is the reason you can only drive these electric vehicles in neighborhoods with a maximum speed limit of 30 to 40 miles per hour. You can NOT drive them on highways.
Now that that’s out of the way, it’s time to know how to choose the best neighborhood vehicles. There are just two ways to find the best of the best. One is to read editorial articles that list the top vehicles for this particular category. In most cases, the magazine editors rate the vehicles based on certain criteria that fall under the broad generalization of quality versus price. The best way to find editorial articles is to go to popular car magazines if you know of any. You could also go to websites like http://ecofriend.com
Another way to find the top vehicles is by searching online for reviews on the best neighborhood cars. This is easy to do. Just go to Google and type in “neighborhood cars review”. You should be able to see a list of websites reviewing the different models of this category of vehicles.
We’ve done our research, and it would seem that the most highly-rated of neighborhood cars include the following models: Global Electric Motorcar, E-Z-Go, Romet 4E, Peapod Eco, and the Marta UV. But this list is only based on one website we looked at. If you want other brand names and models, you should do your research.
Neighborhood vehicles are not cheap, although they may be slightly lower in price than ordinary vehicles. But just like any other vehicle, you don’t need to pay them in cash. You can buy them through financing plans. We don’t know of any financing company that specializes in neighborhood vehicles, but it’s fair to say that you can find them by asking your car insurance agent, or asking dealers that are selling neighborhood cars.
When it comes to actually buying a vehicle, you obviously don’t want to base your decision on magazine reviews. You need to test drive several vehicles before deciding on which one to buy.
While you can’t take them out on the highway, there’s no doubt that neighborhood vehicles are fun to drive, especially if you live in a quiet suburban neighborhood with a huge land area. Imagine enjoying a joyride in your area while waving to the neighbors. Your kids will love you for it as they would be having a lot of fun.
The good thing about these vehicles is that they are totally eco-friendly with their use of electricity as fuel.