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BMW 1 Series was UK's fastest selling used car in August - Auto Trader

Auto Trader’s retailer and consumer product director, Karolina Edwards-Smajda

The BMW 1 Series was the fastest selling used car in August.

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The 2012 premium hatchback in petrol automatic took just an average of 19 days to sell, according to Auto Trader.

Taking second spot was the Toyota Aygo.

The 2014 model with petrol engine and automatic gearbox took 21 days to sell and this is the fourth time this year the compact city car has made an appearance in the UK’s top 10 quickest selling cars.

Meanwhile the Fiat 500L, comes third for the second time. The diesel automatic version took 21 days from forecourt to buyer – the same time as the Toyota Aygo.

It’s crossovers, however, that dominated the sales charts in August taking five of the top 10 spots nationally and were the quickest sellers in seven of the UK’s regions.

Nissan’s Qashqai continues to prove popular as a used buy and makes frequent appearances in the UK’s and regional monthly fastest sellers.

It’s the rarer seven-seat model, the Qashqai+2, that ranks as the fifth fastest selling car in the UK and takes first place in Yorkshire.

The standard five-seat model found was changing hands quickest in the South West and ranked ninth nationally.

The Society of Motor Manufacturer and Traders’ new car registration data for August echoes the UK top 10 fastest selling used cars as the Nissan Qashqai is the 10th most popular new car.

The new car registrations ranked the Ford Kuga as the ninth best-selling model in the UK. It’s a 2015 Kuga with petrol engine and manual gearbox that ranks as the 10th fastest seller in the country taking 25 days from landing at the showroom to finding a buyer.

Fastest selling used cars in August 2016



Fastest selling used cars by region August 2016



Karolina Edwards-Smajda (pictured), retailer and consumer products director, said: “Crossovers continue to be highly sought after by buyers as our fastest selling car data and the SMMT’s new car registration figures confirm.

“But as the UK’s top three fastest selling cars prove it’s not always easy to tell what type of car will always prove popular with consumers.

“Retailers who place data at the heart of their business will be able to glean insights as to what cars are desirable in their area and where to price them to the market to attract buyers, and these insights can supplement a retailer’s own expertise and knowledge.”

“With consumers all looking for something different it is difficult to tell which vehicles are particularly in demand in a given location at a given time.

“Employing data and a scientific approach means you will always know what cars to put on your forecourt and how to price them to attract buyers and sell cars quickly. A faster speed of sale means more profit per car and more sales overall, leading to more sales and more profit in a year.” 


* Ranking for fastest selling is based on days to sell and the vehicle count with those cars enjoying the fewest days to sell and the highest vehicle count being ranked highest. 

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