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The North worst hit by fall in used car sales
 

Nottingham, UK, 6 February 2008 - Used car dealers in the North of England have been the hardest hit by the national slowdown in used car sales.  Sales fell by six per cent during quarter three in 2007, according to the latest used car sales statistics from Experian®, the global information services company.

This was the highest drop in sales seen by any government region in the UK during July, August and September last year (compared to the same period in 2006) and it was also the biggest fall in sales experienced by this region during quarter three in several years.  

Overall sales of used cars throughout the country fell by 3 per cent in quarter three of 2007, but cars aged up to three years old suffered the most.  However, the North saw the biggest fall in the sale of cars in this age group (down 13 per cent).

The latest used car sales statistics show an increasing shift towards used diesel cars. with sales of these cars increasing by four per cent throughout the country.  Sales of petrol cars fell by five per cent during this quarter.

However, the only region to see sales of diesels cars fall was the North (down 0.4 per cent).  It was also the region to see the biggest drop in the sale of used petrol cars (down seven per cent).

Kirk Fletcher, Managing Director of Experian’s Automotive division, said: “By the time the third quarter had begun, the base rate had already risen five times to 5.75 per cent – its highest level since spring 2001 – so consumers were feeling the squeeze on their finances.  Sales of ‘big ticket’ items, such as cars, were the most likely to suffer, and they did.  The statistics suggest that dealers in the North were struggling the most during quarter three. 

“With financial concerns continuing into the final quarter of 2007 (October, November and December), it is likely that another drop in used sales will be recorded for this region.”

 

Government Region

Q3 2007

Q3 2006

% change

East Anglia

89,323

93,240

-4

East Midlands

163,387

167,217

-2

Greater London

182,926

189,797

-4

North

97,884

103,877

-6

North West

202,399

211,334

-4

Scotland

163,131

167,507

-3

South East

401,786

413,890

-3

South West

195,847

200,811

-3

Wales

111,993

117,027

-4

West Midlands

189,693

193,583

-2

Yorkshire and the Humber

173,909

178,078

-2

National

1,972,349

2,040,427

-3

Source: Experian’s Business Strategies division and DVLA

 

Fuel

Q3 2007 North

Q3 2006 North

% change

National % change Q3 2006 to Q3 2007

Diesel

25,126

25,217

-0.4

4

Petrol

69,547

75,036

-7

-5

Unknown/other

3,211

3,624

-11

-8

Source: Experian’s Business Strategies division and DVLA

 

Segment

Q3 2007 North

Q3 2006 North

% change

National % change Q3 2006 to Q3 2007

City Car

1,490

1,482

1

-2

Executive

3,342

3,602

-7

-6

Lower Medium

27,408

30,044

-9

-5

Luxury

473

488

-3

-1

MPV

3,812

3,730

2

3

Supermini

30,991

31,916

-3

-1

Sports

3,028

3,153

-4

-2

SUV

5,996

5,849

3

8

Upper Medium

18,800

20,939

-10

-9

Source: Experian’s Business Strategies division and DVLA

 

Age

Q3 2007 North

Q3 2006 North

% change

National % change Q3 2006 to Q3 2007

 0 to 1 years

7,158

8,014

-11

-6

1 to 3 years

13,616

15,910

-14

-10

3 to 6 years

27,167

27,954

-3

-3

6 to 9 years

20,019

20,894

-4

-1

9 years plus

29,924

31,105

-4

-2

Source: Experian’s Business Strategies division and DVLA

 

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