So what are the used best sellers – and should it bother you?
Well, if you’re a car dealer, it’s useful to know what’s hot and what’s sticking to the forecourt. A car dealer, though, will buy anything at the right price. What most used car buyers want is reassurance, and if everyone else is buying a Ford Fiesta, then Ford Fiestas must be worth having in stock – and they’re not wrong. The trick is not to buy over the odds and not to land yourself with a dog.
The car data people at HPI have come up with an up-to-date list. They do state the blooming obvious – “There is strong appetite for used vehicles” – but what is of more interest is that we seem to like “convertibles, executives, lower-medium cars, MPVs, superminis and SUVs, with an average selling period of just two days”.
On the whole, UK used car buyers pick pretty nice cars. You can’t argue with a Fiat 500 as a city car. Of course it’s a triumph of style over substance, but we would take style every time. Prices start at around £2500 to £3000 for a nice 2008 Pop.