“It is positive to see that the used car market remained at high levels in the first quarter of 2019 as franchised retailers continue to be able to offer to UK consumers excellent alternatives to new cars”, Said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial retailers in the UK, commenting on the SMMT’s used car figures.
Despite a slight decline of -0.6% in the first quarter of 2019, the used car market remained at high levels in the UK, in the first quarter of 2019, with a total of 2,020,144 used cars changing hands. Demand for hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric cars grew substantially by 30.7%, with 32,272 models changing hands in 2019. However, petrol and diesel transactions accounted for 98.3% of the market. Petrol rose 1.1% and diesel declined -3.6%.
Robinson continued, “There has been strong demand at franchised dealerships for used and nearly new cars in 2019. This was also supported by delays in the supply of new vehicles which have prompted buyers to opt for a second-hand vehicle.
“It is encouraging to see that alternative fuel vehicles experienced significant growth in the first quarter of the year. However, it is important to note that petrol and diesel accounted for the majority of the market as they remain the most suitable option for many consumers.
“Going forward, we expect the market to perform well as consumers continue to find good value in used cars”.
About the RMI
The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.