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Family cars prove fastest sellers in used car market in September

5 Chevrolet Orlando

Family cars dominate the top five list of the fastest selling used models for September.

The Chevrolet Orlando heads the list, compiled by Glass’s, and, along with the second-placed Dacia Duster, has been ever-present in its ‘hot five’ for the last few months.

In third place is the rare Mazda5 MPV, while the Peugeot 307CC coupe-cabriolet takes fourth.

Rounding off the list is the Ford Grand C-Max.

Rupert Pontin, Glass's head of valuations, said: "The five covers one of the slowest used car periods of the year, but the results show buyers are still very much in the market if practical family cars are available at the right price.

"The continued presence of models like the Chevy Orlando and Dacia Duster, as well as the Mazda5 and Ford C-Max this month, show that the most in-demand cars continue to be those that present the best value.

“An average price of £10,705 for a 13 month old Duster is an attractive proposition.

"Also, while the summer was short, it did enough to help one convertible - the 307CC - into the hot five.

“While now quite an old car, it again represents an excellent level of value for used car buyers, despite a patchy reliability record."

Glass's September 'hot five'
Model Days to sell Average selling price Average age
Chevrolet Orlando 26.0 £8,260 38.6 months
Dacia Duster 27.5 £10,923 13.0 month
Mazda5 29.2 £6,871 76.2 months
Peugeot 307CC 30.4 £3,363 108.3 months
Ford Grand C-Max 30.8 £11,972 34.7 months

Pontin’s commentary on the ‘hot five’

  1. "Top spot is taken by the Chevrolet Orlando which moved up from fourth place last month to record an average time to sale of just 26 days. By the age and mileage of these cars it would seem that these are ex-Motability vehicles finishing a three year contract with lovely low mileage."
  2. "The Dacia Duster moves from fifth spot to second this month, showing 27.5 days to sale. The average age of 13 months implies that these are either short term PCP or ex-rental units that have come to the market. Either way at a sale price of just £10,705 for a 13 month old car they show excellent value for money."
  3. "The Mazda5 claims third place and is trading at an average age of just over six years old. The retail buyer views these as a reliable and spacious family wagon and, coupled with a competitive price, they really appeal to the cost conscious family buyer."
  4. "The likeable if unreliable 307CC takes fourth spot and at an average age of nine years is the oldest car in the Hot 5 this month. However, it offers four seat, roof down fun for an average price of just £3,431 and as a second car that is a hard to beat."
  5. "The Ford Grand C-Max completes the Hot 5 and claims its spot as a fantastic family car. It is the most expensive car in the list and, judging by the average age and mileage, these models are end of PCP or ex Motability cars at just under three years old and a touch over 28k miles."

> Glass's ‘hot five’ is based on 300 models which have been subject to more than 50 price observations over a four-week period.

The set is then split by range, and an average is determined by the number of days that cars have been advertised on web portals. Published once a month, the countdown provides insight gleaned from GlassNet Radar, Glass's live retail pricing system that provides up-to-the-minute pricing around the country.

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