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Sales of used cars dropped in the second quarter of 2022, with more than 407,000 fewer vehicles changing hands than in the same period last year.
A total of 1,759,684 used car sales took place between April and June – an 18.8% fall – according to new figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
Petrol and diesel cars remained dominant during the quarter and accounted for 95.6% of sales, while sales of electric vehicles (EVs) rose by 57% to take 1% of the used market. Plug-in hybrids grew by 1% and hybrids fell by 4%.
The Ford Fiesta was the most popular second-hand car in Q2, with transactions totalling 71,429, followed by the Vauxhall Corsa (57,306) and Volkswagen Golf (54,268).
Black was the most popular colour for a used car, followed by blue and grey. Pink cars proved the least popular overall.
Top 10 used cars (April-June 2022)
- Ford Fiesta – 71,429
- Vauxhall Corsa – 57,306
- Volkswagen Golf – 54,268
- Ford Focus – 54,144
- MINI – 42,268
- Vauxhall Astra – 41,277
- BMW 3 Series – 40,365
- Volkswagen Polo – 33,179
- Audi A3 – 29,888
- BMW 1 Series – 28,894
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