Our top 10 best-selling vehicles in 2022

The past year has been a strange one for car buyers. Stocks of new cars dried up during the pandemic due to supply chain issues, which rapidly inflated the cost of used cars – and those lucky enough to have new cars promptly sold them to cash in on the boom.

The car industry still hasn’t recovered from the parts shortages, meaning new car buyers are forced to stomach long wait times. So, if you want to get behind the wheel of some fresh metal sooner rather than later, it’ll probably be quicker to scour the second hand car market for a nearly new vehicle.

Thankfully, there’s no shortage of vehicles. The SMMT recently reported that the new car market boomed by 78.7 percent year-on-year in March 2022. The used market enjoyed a similar uptick, growing by 11.5 percent by the end of 2021 as owners clamoured to make a quick buck on their motors.

Scroll down for our list of the best selling news cars in the UK during March 2022. You can find nearly new examples of every car here online, although you should expect to pay a little more over an equivalent brand new model for the convenience of getting it the same day. Like any used car, it’s always worth checking its history using the DVLA’s online tool.

10. Ford Fiesta (3,890 sold)

The Ford Fiesta is a great little supermini. It’s easy to thread through busy city streets, excellent fun to fling down a B-road and reasonably comfortable on the motorway. Ford has just facelifted the car as well, meaning the last examples of the pre-facelift model can be had for a steal. Have a browse around and pick up a bargain.

9. Toyota C-HR (3,910 sold)

The Toyota C-HR takes the (rather humdrum) Prius’s hybrid technology and packages it into a sharper crossover body. It’s stylish and efficient – so its sales success isn’t a surprise. There’s a handful of nearly new examples on the market as well, with prices starting from around £21,000, representing an £8,000 saving over one lifted from the showroom floor.

8. Ford Kuga (4,223 sold)

Ford had another stroke of brilliance with the Kuga. It’s a family SUV that’s loaded with technology, cheap to keep on the road and almost as fun to drive as the Focus. A recent recall for the PHEV model also drove buyers to flog their cars – so there’s a few on the used market. Just make sure your purchase has had the remedial work done before you buy.

7. Kia Sportage (4,563 sold)

The previous-generation Kia Sportage sold like hotcakes for its reliability and its practicality – and this new model follows the same trend. The trouble is, it hasn’t been on sale quite long enough for a good stock of used cars to build up. If you find one, though, you can buy with confidence as the car will still be covered by Kia’s excellent seven-year warranty.

6. Ford Puma (4,755 sold)

Look past the controversial nameplate (as it’s fixed to the rear of a compact crossover rather than a sporty coupe) you’ll find that the Ford Puma is a cracking little car. It’s very nearly as fun to drive as the Fiesta on which it’s based, but it’s a lot more practical. If you’re a speed junkie, you can also have one with a 200hp 1.5-litre petrol engine in ST trim.

5. Hyundai Tucson (4,876 sold)

The Hyundai Tucson is basically the same car as the Kia Sportage underneath, but it’s been on sale for a little longer which means there’s a float of used stock available. It’s a good buy, too – Hyundai did an excellent job of the Tucson’s interior and technology. The driving experience leaves much to be desired, but it’s dependable family transport.

4. Nissan Qashqai (5,401 sold)

Nissan pioneered the SUV niche with the original versions of the Juke and the Qashqai. The latest Qashqai seems to be stuck in the same rut, shifting well over 5,000 units in March alone – mostly due to its pedigree and new-found interior space. Sales figures like that mean there’s a surplus of stock, so you should be able to find the spec you want easily.

3. Vauxhall Corsa (5,515 sold)

The Corsa has been on Britain’s best-selling list ever since the first-generation model was launched back in the 1980s. This new model gives buyers the choice of petrol, diesel and electric powertrains – but we’d recommend avoiding the electric model if you’re buying used. You can get a good petrol one for around £10,000, but the EV will cost you double that.

2. Tesla Model 3 (6,457 sold)

Tesla is capitalising on the EV push. If you live anywhere near a city, you’ll see Model 3s everywhere – and they seem to change hands regularly. We found 29 cars with less than 10,000 miles on the clock, with prices starting from around £42,000. That’s reasonable considering the amount of performance and technology on offer.

1. Tesla Model Y (6,464 sold)

Tesla topped the UK’s sales charts with the Model Y, as buyers can’t seem to get enough of crossovers lately. It shares the same underpinnings as the Model 3, but it comes with lifted suspension and a slightly taller body. It’s also a lot newer than the Model 3, which means there aren’t many second hand examples on sale. Keep your eyes peeled for a deal.

Seventies classics invited to Beaulieu’s 50th birthday

Gareth Herincx

3 days ago
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Jon Murden with Ford Capri ready for 1970s Classic Car Drive-In Day

Beaulieu is inviting owners of cars from the 1970s to join a party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Motor Museum.

Whether you have a Cortina, Escort, Mini or Marina, all are welcome to come to the 1970s Classic Car Drive-In Day on Sunday, July 3.

Owners of cars registered in 1972 – when the National Motor Museum first opened – can celebrate the 50th birthday of their car by coming to the event for free. You could even dress for the occasion, by digging out your platforms, jumpsuits and flares.

A golden paddock of classic cars will also show some of the vehicles which were at the original opening in 1972 – when they joined a celebratory cavalcade after the museum was opened by Edward, Lord Montagu and HRH The Duke of Kent.

If your car was part of the original opening, Beaulieu would like to hear from you – just get in touch to arrange to join the display.

National Motor Museum Trust Chief Executive Jon Murden said: “This is a landmark anniversary and we want classic car owners to help us celebrate.

“You may own a Hillman Avenger or Morris Marina, or even a Porsche 911 Carrera – we would like owners of everyday cars from the Seventies to come, as well as those with more eye-catching models.

“We will be proud to display some historic vehicles from the original launch, half a century ago.”

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The advantages of buying performance car parts online

Buying and maintaining a car seems like a walk in the park until you have to purchase high-performance car parts. But, it is not as tough as you might imagine because of the emergence of online stores for automotive parts. Online is undoubtedly one of the right places to purchase auto parts in this day and age. The truth is, you’re likely to find more options, discounts, and specifications online. In addition, there are tonnes of websites where you can easily do a product search. Also, you may be more likely to identify the exact location online, even if your performance car is an uncommon or unique model.

  1. Accurate Information

With the progression and pace of technology in recent times, getting information about anything is easier. Google is your friend. You get to ask questions and receive real-life answers about auto repair and maintenance for your specific model and its components. Information about where to get parts for your vehicle’s make and model is also available, and other people can share their experiences. In addition, valuable information regarding where to get components is provided by some manufacturers. This may be a better option for people who don’t have access to a local auto parts store’s brochure.

It’s critical to understand that if you want a dependable supplier, you can’t trust their impressive communication skills. Following the seller’s background and expertise in this field is essential. With the help of a web-based buying platform, customers can check out the seller’s and other customers’ reviews to determine reliability. They usually have a certification system that identifies those suppliers who meet certain quality standards. As a result, you have a wide range of options to determine whether or not the seller you’re considering is trustworthy.

2. Accessibility

A great advantage is that you can access or connect to the service at your convenience. Regardless of the time, you can buy an auto component as long as you can access the Internet.

You will also save time, money, resources, and energy by purchasing auto components online. Traditional purchasing modes may require you to stand in line. However, with a web-based shopping procedure, you can reach the market by exploring different online shopping websites from the comfort of your home and from anywhere in the World.

3. Price Comparison

Buying online is a great way to compare prices because it’s just a click away. Also, many shopping websites have the option to shop and look for goods without making payments first. They may even guarantee a low price for certain parts and give out guidance, information, pledge costs, and special offers that can only be found online. You may even be able to get a better deal and save more. Again, you can find installation instructions and data for virtually every car item on the Internet without extra payment.

4. Potential for Free Shipping

When you buy your automobile components online, you can use price comparison websites and coupon code sites and keep an eye on transportation costs at the same time. You can also make the most of the free delivery deals offered by many online retailers.

Conclusion

Online shopping allows you to find the best prices quickly. Also, auto components are frequently delivered for free or at a low cost. Buying automobile parts online has several advantages, including greater availability and the ability to compare prices rapidly, and the convenience of having repair and maintenance information at your fingertips.

Today, online car parts shopping has greatly simplified the process. It redefined internet purchasing with real reviews and helped identify reliable online sellers. So, if you want to buy auto parts easily, go online and get various auto components.

Should I get an electric car?

Ben

3 days ago
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If your buying decisions are being increasingly swayed by considering the environmental impact, an electric car will seem like a no-brainer. With news that the UK Government is banning new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, you may want to prepare for this transition in good time. The fuel crisis of 2021 also made more motorists consider switching to electric

Aside from being green, and part of a huge transport shake-up in the UK, we’re taking a look at whether the electric car is a good match for your driving habits and lifestyle.


Are they suitable for long distance drives?

You may picture driving along the motorway to find that your car runs out of power. But the truth is that while this can happen, if you remember to charge-up at appropriate intervals this shouldn’t be an issue. It’s no different to the risk of finding that your tank has run out of fuel. 

You’ll need to plan ahead a little more than with a fuel-powered car. Expect the odd delay. For instance, a charge point may be in use when you need it. In this case, you’ll need to wait your turn or find another one local to your location.

According to the RAC, you can currently expect between 100 and 300 miles of range from a fully charged electric car, depending on the model. Sure, you won’t be able to drive from Land’s End to John O’ Groats on a single charge, but plenty of long-distance journeys across the UK are more than doable.

What about towing?

Electric cars produce maximum torque all the time – making them capable of pulling away from a standstill with a heavy load in tow. You should choose an appropriately sized electric car, though. A smaller model probably won’t hack towing a caravan up and down the motorway.

Can electric cars go off-roading?

Four-wheel-drive electric cars do exist. But how do they compare to their fuel-powered counterparts? 4WD is ideal for driving in adverse weather conditions as it provides more traction, and it’s handy to know that electric cars can be just as good off-road as petrol and diesel cars.

Are they for the whole family?

There are plenty of spacious EVs on the market that are practical for the whole family.

How expensive are they to buy and run?

According to data published by EDF Energy, running costs should be a lot cheaper with an EV compared with a petrol or diesel car.

They calculated that travelling 100 miles in an EV would cost around £5 or 4.91p per mile. In comparison, petrol cars would cost around £12 or 12p per mile. This is a rough estimate, but you can see the stark difference.

The downside is that these cars tend to be more expensive to buy. But as they become more mainstream in the lead up to 2030, they should come down in price.

Don’t want to splash out, but still want to give an electric vehicle a go? You could always check out your local used car dealership to save some money on the upfront costs of buying an electric car
Should you get an electric car? One final consideration is that electric cars come with an automatic transition. These are considered easier to drive than manual. We hope this article will help you make the right decision. 

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Which is better for long drives: Sedan or SUV? Pros and cons comparison

One of the most common cars these days in the auto market is Sedans and SUVs. However, both of these have their own advantages and disadvantages. And hence it becomes a topic of debate whether to choose a sedan or SUV for your long drives.

Should I go for an SUV or a Sedan? This is the first question that we get asked on a near-daily basis as soon as we plan to have a car. So, today we’ve decided to provide you with a comprehensive guide to assist you choose between an SUV and a comparable vehicle.

It’s a struggle to choose between any of these amazing cars. So to help you in making your decision a little easier, we are here to give you some more details about Sedans and SUVs. 

What is Sedan?

Sedans are usually designed for the target audience with a purpose of three box configuration. First part of which is the engine, second for its car space, and third for boot space at the rear.

Sedans also have low ground clearance, which actually helps in giving a sporty look to the car. Few best Sedans in the market these days are Honda City, Hyundai Verna, etc.

What is an SUV?

On the opposite side, SUVs are designed for the target audience with the purpose of high quality and a rugged appearance. SUVs are optimised to tackle off-road challenges.

According to a report, SUVs accounted for 36.8 of the world’s passenger car market in 2017. Here you can find more details about Sedans and SUVs.  SUVs have become one of the largest segments in the Indian market these days and are actively known for their crossover characteristics. 

Some of the best SUVs in the market are Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, etc. Now, as we have seen the main difference between these cars, let’s have a look at their advantages.

Advantages of SUVs

  • SUVs are designed specifically for off-road driving. When it comes to bad road driving, SUVs are excellent companions.
  • It can travel on a rocky road or even on the highway with ease. Most SUVs’ diesel engines might provide enough torque to move uphill and around obstacles with ease. Currently, with India’s bad road conditions, SUVs can be a better option for Indian automobile owners than sedans.
  • SUVs with a higher ground clearance and a larger body can offer more inside space, especially in terms of headroom. 
  • The luggage area could even be doubled if the car’s back row gets folded, which is impossible in a sedan because cargo and passenger space are separated.
  • SUVs have a higher stance and sitting position, which allows for a wider vision and, of course, better visibility. 
  • It’s designed to be an off-roader feature because it allows drivers to see problems ahead of them.
  • SUVs are also noted for their hauling or towing capacities.

Advantages of Sedans

  • Sedans are meant to operate in typical driving conditions, whereas SUVs are specifically engineered for off-road driving. 
  • SUVs have harsher suspension settings to support their off-road problems, making them more difficult to drive on the road. Sedans, on the other hand, have lighter suspension systems, which provide better ride quality and driving comfort.
  • In terms of internal space, sedans outperform SUVs. In the same price range, a sedan might have a more appealing and luxurious interior than an SUV. Sedans also have a more luxurious interior.
  • Sedans with lesser weight can get better mileage, lowering the cost of ownership. And hence they are indeed a more cost-effective option in the long run of upkeep.
  • Because SUVs have greater space, parking cars may be easier than parking SUVs. It’s also why driving an SUV through congested city streets is inconvenient.

Comparison between SUV and Sedan

  • A sedan is a car with four wheels, doors, and low ground clearance. But an SUV is a car with four wheels, doors, and a high ground clearance.
  • Sedan is by far the most frequent type of a car and has been in business since the early twenties, but the SUV at the same time is a well known car that has been in the market since the 1930s.
  • Sedans are divided into three compartments: the engine compartment in the front, the cargo compartment in the back, and the third as the traveller compartment, whereas SUVs are divided into two different compartments: the engine compartment and a passenger and cargo compartment that is merged.
  • Sedans have two rows, whereas SUVs feature three different rows, with the load area behind the last row.
  • A sedan is compact, small, and uses a limited amount of gas, whereas an SUV is bigger and hence uses more gas.
  • A sedan lacks the attributes of a large truck, whereas an SUV does.

Conclusion

The SUV market in our country is rapidly expanding. These automobiles have a ton of benefits to give you. While SUVs have the convenience of a crossover, they seem to have the tough feel of a sedan, as well as the frills and premium-ness. 

It’s no wonder that sedans are rapidly losing market share to SUVs. Does this imply that SUVs are a better fit for you than sedans? Certainly not. In this SUV vs Sedan comparison, we’ll help you decide whether to buy an SUV or a sedan.

Sedans, in general, may provide better results if you usually drive within the city or over short distances. On the other hand, SUVs will be a better choice for folks who want to go off-road frequently. 

Depending on your needs, you can choose between an SUV and a sedan as your road companion. Just understand the type of your road companion, then match it with your car expectations and buy it. It’s that simple! All you need to have is good knowledge about that one car you’re about to finalise.