Diesel remains a hot deal in the used car market

26th May 2018

Ford Kuga

Diesel may have had a bashing in the media and from the government, but in the used car market, it’s never been more appealing. In fact, Auto Trader has revealed that diesel was the UK’s fastest-selling used car fuel type last month.

The motoring magazine’s research found that out of the 13 regions and countries tracked, diesel was the fastest-selling fuel type in seven of them.

Additionally, the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander diesel manual was the fastest-selling car, finding a buyer in 14 days on average.

Half of the top ten quickest-selling used cars in April were diesels, with the 2016 Skoda Superb in third, followed by 2015 Nissan X-Trail (7), 2015 Volvo XC60 (8) and 2015 Kia Sorento (10).

The other half of the chart were petrol models, meaning no hybrids or electric cars featured in the top ten.

An oilburner was found to be quickest-selling model in seven regions too:

  • East Midlands: 2017 Ford Kuga [pictured] – diesel manual – 18 days on average
  • North East: 2015 Nissan Qashqai – diesel manual – 24 days
  • Northern Ireland: 2015 VW Golf – diesel manual – 31 days
  • Scotland: 2016 Ford Kuga – diesel manual – 15 days
  • South of England: 2015 BMW 3 Series – diesel automatic – 19 days
  • Wales: 2015 Ford Kuga – diesel manual – 22 days
  • and the West Midlands: 2016 Ford Kuga – diesel manual – 21 days

Despite sales of new diesels continuing to fall, the average price of a used diesel vehicle on Auto Trader was £14,555 in April, which is up £102 month-on-month and £939 on the £13,616 recorded in April 2017.

Karolina Edwards-Smajda, Auto Trader’s director of retailer and consumer products, said it was reassuring that second-hand diesels were showing their resilience at a time when diesels were under growing pressure within the new car market.

“Despite the negative headlines, diesels still offer excellent profit potential,” she commented.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, added: “The British motoring public know a good deal when they see one and Auto Trader’s data proves that diesel remains very much a winner.”

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