The used car market saw a growth of 2.4% in the last quarter of 2019 with 1,804,343 transactions, according to the latest SMMT figures. Overall in 2019, the used car market finished almost on par with the previous year with a marginal decline of -0.1% and a total of 7,935,105 sales.

Sales of used petrol declined by -0.3%, diesel -0.6%, while combined alternative fuel vehicles grew by 23.4%. Transactions of Euro 6 diesel models were

Petrol and diesel performed well, respectively -0.3% and -0.6%, positively, there was an increase in transactions of Euro 6 diesel models (up 32.5%), which remain the cleanest diesel and most suitable vehicles for a number of motorists. Also, with the growth in sales of new alternative fuel vehicles, consumers will benefit from an increased range of models available in the used sector over the next years.

The used car market will continue to be an important business area for franchised dealers in 2020. However, we must address the uncertainty that has been affecting consumers and, as a result, new car sales.

Overall, used car transactions remain at high levels and it is encouraging to see retailers’ optimism for the year ahead.