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Used car sales reach their highest for five years


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Used car sales reach their highest for five years

Sales of used car sales rose to their highest levels in the United Kingdom since 2008 according to a new report by Experian.

The data provider reported that more than 6,806,198 vehicles changed hands in 2013 – a year on year increase of 0.9%. Previously, the record high was 7.208,100 used car sales sold five years before.

Vehicles that were nine years or older were the strongest performers in the used car market with sales up 6 per cent year on year. Cars in the three to six year and six to nine year categories, however, both dropped by 4.4%. 

The Ford Focus was the best-selling used car in the UK for the second successive year. It accounted for 312,221 of sales or 3.67 per cent of all used car trades last year ahead of the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa in third position – both with sales of more than three million.

Then followed the Vauxhall Astra (267,766), Volkswagen Golf (216,000), BMW 3 Series (188,848), Renault Clio (170,634), Peugeot 206 (141,318), Volkswagen Polo (128,354) and Ford Mondeo (127,822) completing the top ten.

Larger models such as MPVs and 4x4s both enjoyed a rise in sales of 4.6 per cent and 4.3 percent respectively. The Vauxhall Zafira was the most popular MPV with just under 100,000 units sold in 2013, while the Land Rover Freelander recorded sales of 487,675.

Sales of hybrid electric cars were up 31.8% with the Toyota Prius dominating with 40 per cent of sales. Electric cars saw a 20.2 per cent increase.

The Mercedes Benz C-Class was the best-selling executive car with 309, 652 vehicles sold, the BMW 7 Series claimed the top luxury vehicle on 41, 841 and the Audi TT was the specialist sports car that sold the most with 242,557 sales completed.

Interestingly, Vauxhalls were more popular in the north of England and Scotland, while the south of the country preferred Fords in a clear divide.

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