New or second hand?

Hi All,

I’ve recently spent some time researching the Twizy and have decided to buy one - I had a Sinclair C5 many years ago but had to sell it due to lack of space!

It’s main use will be driving to and from work during the summer. The 8 mile round trip consists of 30 and 40mph roads, mainly relatively flat although one steep hill (Bank Road in Matlock) or a slightly easier climb using another route.

I’ve had a look on Autotrader and the going rate seems to be in the region of £5k for an ~5 year old model but a brand new one is only £8k.

Our local Renault dealer actually had a 2013 model in for £5k so we had a good look at it today (photo below). It was the model and colour I’m looking for, with only 2k miles, but didn’t have doors, which I really would prefer to have.

I’ve left my details with them and they’ll be in touch if they find one suitable.

Still not sure whether to buy new or second hand but either way I better start making room in the garage!

I think only you can make the final decision as to buying new or second hand. Second hand prices have definitely firmed up in the last couple of years. Before that no one seems to want the Twizy and you can’t give them away for around £3K. Now a couple of years later the same ones are asking for £4-5K.
I would say the one in your local dealer is a no no, simply because it has got no doors. Doors are essential and they cannot be retrofitted. Don’t be tempted by the low mileage. Lack of use is the cause of a lot of problems for the Twizy, particularly the brakes.

Thank you for the advice.

I definitely want doors. Windows would be nice too but, in my opinion, the Twizy looks better without them so I’ll see how I get on first.

Hi Peter. My Twizy has been to Matlock a few times as I’m in Chesterfield. If I can get between the two and back I’m sure you will not have any issues. Happy to talk face to face about the Twizy.

Hi Osbrook,

That’s good to know.

One of my concerns is the speed a Twizy can maintain on hills.

Is 30mph up a steep hill realistic or would I be crawling along in everyone’s way?



p.s. I’ve not yet seen a Twizy on the UK roads.


How well do you know Chessy?. The main road out of the centre up past the Hospital to Bolsover is 40MPH I can just about do 40 all the way up.

On the peaks what you hold up on a straight or a hill you pull away from on the bends. I take mine to Wales and Lincolnshire. Here the twists or sharp bends play into the Twizy’s hands especially if it is narrow. I do tend to by pass Slack Hill though.

The Twizy will not be a road block.


That’s exactly what I wanted to hear.

Many thanks.


If bank road is the one going up past council offices it will be fine.
I don’t live too far away and could make Matlock and back on a charge.
I do think doors are a good idea. I rarely put my windows in but it’s nice to have that option. Also doors do add a bit of security.

Hi Chris,

Yes, that’s Bank Road!

Trying to find a Twizy of the specification and colour I’m looking for isn’t easy. There’s currently only a handful for sale in the country.

I’m tempted with a new one but fancy the idea of a pre 2016 PowerBox compatible model.

Currently keeping an eye on Autotrader and eBay.


I’m all prepared but still yet to find my Twizy.

After many days of preparation I now have a Twizy size space in the garage and a dedicated charging socket with its own kWh meter.


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Hey Peter
I think Kenneth made a Power Box compatible with newer Twizys too!
If you could test a second hand Twizy check for weird noise from the gearings or the chassis.

Hi Alex,

As I understand it you have to change some hardware also in the post 2016 models.

I’ll definitely check for weird noises.


We’ll, after a thoroughly exhausting day I now have a Twizy in the garage!

This one ticked all the boxes, which were: Technic / Dynamique model, doors, white bodywork, white interior and 2014 - 2016. It also has the added bonus of the parrot system and windows.

Can’t wait for some decent weather to give it a really good clean and, of course, a drive!


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Well done !!
White interior ??? Never seen one of those.
Enjoy. Good weather coming soon.

Pleased to hear you got exactly what you wanted! How did you manage to sort out the battery lease so quickly? I am just hoping all OK for delivery of my Twizy on Tuesday.

The battery lease hasn’t yet been sorted. After eventually finding a suitable telephone number all they could offer was to send me paperwork to fill in. The guy I was buying the Twizy from was happy with this. I’m not sure I would be!

By white interior I meant white seat and dash.

Hello, I am 65 and I live in the South of France (Montpellier). I don’t have a drive licence (never tried to get one) and before my 60th birthday, I never had a steering wheel in my hands. After that I bought a microcar (Aixam) that you can drive without a licence here in France.
Seeing all the Twizy in the streets of my town, I learned a few months ago that the 45 model existed and went to the nearest Renault dealer to try one. I liked it a lot and decided to buy a new one. Unfortunately because of the relocation of the production to Corea the dealer was not able to get the model that I wanted (Twizy 45 Cargo).
a few days ago I saw that a second hand Twizy 45 from 2016 was on sale 50 km from Montpellier. Of course it wasn’t a Cargo, but waiting 9 months or more to get the model I wanted was too much for me (at 65 you know that each year and even each month is valuable) so I decided to go and try it, and since yesterday I am the proud owner of it.
Driving it back to my house was a lot of fun, I decided not to take the shortest road but to travel along the Mediterranean Sea via Le Grau du Roi, La Grande Motte, Carnon.
The weather was windy but the sun was shinning.
What surprised me the most was the very positive and friendly attitude of other drivers. With my Aixam microcar I was accustomed to quite the opposite.
It’s quite a surprise given the Twizy is here since 2012 that it still bring so much interest and smiles.
My Twizy is white it has the doors, the italian Twy Rain windows, the Parrot BT kit, and along the D62 road it became evident that the seller wasn’t cheating when he told me that it has been tuned to increase max speed.
If next Summer you see a white Twizy in the parking near the Plage des Aresquiers beach it will probably be me.
I hope I will be able to meet other Twizy owners.