Q1 2010


Used car sales fall year-on-year

Nottingham, UK, 28 June, 2010 - Experian®, the global information services company, today published used car sales statistics in the UK for the first quarter of 2010 revealing that used car sales were 7.6 per cent lower than Q1 2009.

The fall in sales was led by the upper medium segment which was down by 12.2 per cent, followed by the multi-purpose vehicles (MPV) segment which saw sales fall by 10.6 per cent.

However, the quarter-on-quarter picture reflected a common trend for this time of the year by increasing, up 14.8 per cent compared to Q4 2009.  In contrast to the year-on-year change, this was led by sales of MPVs with a 27.3 per cent increase in sales when compared with the previous quarter.  Within this segment, the Vauxhall Zafira was the top-selling model.
Mark Wilkinson, Head of Sales for Experian Automotive, comments: “Despite the VAT increase  being delayed  until January next year, challenges will continue to face the industry  for the foreseeable future.

With  2009 seeing some of the lowest sales volumes  of the last ten years, and with  the scrappage discount incentive at an end , a smaller supply of younger, good quality stock  will be available for the second-hand market.  Retailers are likely to be reviewing stock profile more than ever. This means that they will be looking to maximise profitability from the stock available and that managing risk and avoiding vehicles with a chequered history will become a top priority."‪

Segment
The mini category, which includes the Daewoo Matiz and the Fiat Seicento, was the only segment to buck the trend and avoid year-on-year decline in sales.  All the other segments suffered, with the upper medium segment, including cars such as the Ford Mondeo and BMW 3 Series, seeing the highest drop of 12.2 per cent.

Make
Year-on-year, used cars from all makes saw their sales fall.  After Rover, Fiat saw the highest decline in used car sales, down 10 percent.  The biggest increases from Q4 2009 to Q1 2010 came from Citroen, Renault and Peugeot.

Fuel
Hybrid cars saw the most significant increase in sales (65 per cent) when compared with Q1 2009.  However, it was also the only fuel category that saw a decline since the last quarter (2.3 per cent).  Petrol fuelled cars still dominate the market with over 70 per cent of sales.

Age
Of all the age groups, younger cars, aged between 0-3 years old, saw the biggest increase in sales when compared to the last quarter (Q4 2009), with a 23.2 per cent rise, but also the biggest decline compared to Q1 2009 (down 18.4 per cent). 

Segment

Q1 2010

% change from Q1 2009

% change from Q4 2009

SUV/4x4

111,876

-0.5

16.3

Executive

75,503

-6.1

8.3

Lower Medium

473,499

-8.2

17.4

Luxury

10,556

-6.5

1.1

MPV

85,847

-10.6

27.3

Mini

25,502

0.0

13.5

Sports

56,843

-8.8

7.7

Supermini

504,500

-5.7

14.0

Upper Medium

305,483

-12.2

12.8

Unspecified

25,345

-6.2

6.6

Total

1,674,954

-7.6

14.8

Source: Experian’s MarketView Online and the DVLA

Make

Q1 2010

% change from Q1 2009

% change from Q4 2009

BMW

77,466

-0.9

9.1

CITROEN

63,464

-7.0

20.4

FIAT

50,837

-15.3

13.3

FORD

260,960

-7.4

15.8

HONDA

47,264

-9.3

15.2

MERCEDES-BENZ

49,772

-0.9

10.7

NISSAN

61,527

-12.2

14.0

PEUGEOT

125,057

-9.7

17.4

RENAULT

108,225

-12.1

18.2

ROVER

42,350

-20.9

9.8

TOYOTA

59,770

-9.6

9.1

VAUXHALL

229,789

-8.8

16.9

VOLKSWAGEN

122,839

-3.7

16.2

~Others

375,634

-4.2

13.2

Total

1,674,954

-7.6

14.8

Source: Experian’s MarketView Online and the DVLA

Fuel type

Q1 2010

% change from Q1 2009

% change from Q4 2009

Diesel

465,882

-4.3

16.5

Electric

446

29.3

13.8

Petrol

1,202,393

-9.0

14.2

Hybrid

2,865

65.0

-2.3

Unspecified

3,368

4.7

8.2

Total

1,674,954

-7.6

14.8

Source: Experian’s MarketView Online and the DVLA

Age

Q1 2010

% change from Q1 2009

% change from Q4 2009

0 to 3

340,189

-18.4

23.2

3 to 6

369,722

-10.0

15.7

6 to 9

367,440

-2.8

12.5

9 plus

597,603

-1.6

11.2

Total

1,674,954

-7.6

14.8

Source: Experian’s MarketView Online and the DVLA

ENDS
Contact:
Natalie Hale
TEL: 0115 992 2645/07971 709274
Email: natalie.hale@uk.experian.com

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