The UK’s used automobile market elevated by 4.4% in Q3 after two consecutive quarters of decline, based on the newest figures revealed at this time by the Society of Motor Producers and Merchants (SMMT). Through the busiest quarter for the reason that finish of 2016, some 2,168,599 transactions befell between July and September, 92,217 greater than the identical interval in 2019, with September recording the most important progress, up 6.3%.

Regardless of the expansion, spurred by the re-opening of showrooms and easing of lockdown measures throughout the nation, the UK’s used automobile market remains to be down with 1,070,941 fewer transactions over the primary 9 months representing a decline of -17.5% general.

With England getting into a brand new lockdown and the introduction of harder restrictions and ‘firebreaks’ throughout the devolved nations, gross sales within the fourth quarter are anticipated to be closely affected. The swift re-opening of used automobile retailers – that are typically spacious premises with out of doors areas and which might accommodate social distancing way more simply than different retail environments – would go a great distance to assist forestall additional subdued exercise out there, enabling the newest, lowest emitting autos to filter via to second house owners.

Demand for pre-owned battery electrical autos (BEVs), which noticed a decline of -29.7% within the Q2 – albeit a lesser one than the market common of -48.9% – recovered throughout Q3, rising by 34.4% and 4.4% within the 12 months to this point. On the identical time, gross sales of plug-in hybrids elevated by 35.7%, with 10,040 altering fingers. Petrol and diesel vehicles each noticed a rise in gross sales of 4.5% and a pair of.6% respectively, accounting for 97.42% of all used transactions in the course of the quarter.

Superminis, regardless of solely seeing a modest 2.0% improve in the course of the third quarter, remained the preferred section with 698,587 purchases, accounting for 32.0% of transactions. The decrease medium was the subsequent finest vendor with 27.0% of the overall market share. In the meantime, the dual-purpose section confirmed the most important share progress (16.6%) with 13.0% market share as extra of those well-liked autos entered the used market.


In different tendencies, black held its place because the primary color amongst used automobile consumers, forward of silver/aluminium and blue, with 56.5% of used vehicles bought within the third quarter clad within the prime three colors. Bronze noticed the most important progress, up 16.1%, albeit representing simply 5,958 of the two.16 million vehicles bought in Q3 whereas cream/ivory decreased most importantly by -10.8%.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Govt, mentioned,

With England getting into a contemporary lockdown, and tighter Covid restrictions in place throughout the remainder of the UK, the automobile is taking part in an much more essential position in holding society shifting as public transport turns into much less enticing for a lot of. It’s encouraging to see used automobile gross sales returned to progress however, because the pandemic continues and retailers in lots of areas are being made to shut once more, the short-term outlook is much less optimistic. Given these premises are sometimes confirmed to be Covid-secure, we’d like them to re-open shortly to guard important jobs and guarantee no additional delay to the fleet renewal essential to ship environmental enhancements.

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SOURCE: SMMT