Saturday 3 December 2016

Revealed: The most popular secondhand cars purchased in Ireland

Published 18/05/2016 | 02:30

Our list gives future potential buyers a good clue as to future values of popular marques.
Our list gives future potential buyers a good clue as to future values of popular marques.

Today we can bring you a snapshot in time of the secondhand cars that are selling best - and the motors that are shifting quickest.

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The insight into what was in demand in April stems from an analysis of market overview activity and deals by MyVehicle.ie.

As well as showing the quickest sellers and most popular models it reveals the top cars that are being sold privately.

One month's details are by no means definitive in overall terms as trends can vary a fair bit.

Older models of VW Passat are amongst the most popular second-hand cars purchased by Irish people
Older models of VW Passat are amongst the most popular second-hand cars purchased by Irish people

But there is no doubt they are good indicators of what people are looking for and what they are buying.

As such they can give potential buyers a good clue-in to future values of marques and models and possibly influence the car they will buy.

All the 'old reliables' are there in abundance - from the Ford Focus to the Volkswagen Passat, Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Golf etc.

What is glaringly obvious is the massive proportion of diesels in the Top 10 of each segment.

There are only a handful of petrols. We shouldn't be surprised but it still comes as a little bit of a shock when you see diesel after diesel.

What do the figures tell us?

Older models of the Ford Focus are amongst the most popular second-hand cars purchased by Irish people
Older models of the Ford Focus are amongst the most popular second-hand cars purchased by Irish people

Again it is obvious. The secondhand market is so often where people spend their own money as opposed to it being supplied or supported by a company. So they tend to focus on the more traditional makes and marques.

It is clear from the April analysis that people are going for the tried and trusted motors. Some people might call them conservative but they are big sellers for a reason - they hold the prospect of doing a decent job for some years yet.

The other interesting aspect is the number of 2012 cars that are topping the lists, suggesting more people are trading up after three/four years than may have heretofore been the case.

That had led to a tight used market with good cars getting premium prices.

Having said all that, the 'quickest' selling cars are by no means the biggest sellers; in most cases they don't make it into the Top 10 best sellers.

This suggests they are quite scarce and some of them are quite niche.

Top 10 used cars sold by independent dealers:

2012 diesel Ford Focus, 2011 diesel Ford Focus, 2012 diesel Volkswagen Passat, 2012 diesel Opel Insignia, 2010 diesel Ford Focus, 2011 diesel Volkswagen Passat, 2012 diesel Volkswagen Golf, 2011 diesel Opel Insignia, 2009 diesel Ford Focus, 2011 diesel Volkswagen Golf

Top 10 sold by franchise dealers:

Older models of the Volkswagen Golf are some of the most popular second hand cars purchased by Irish people
Older models of the Volkswagen Golf are some of the most popular second hand cars purchased by Irish people

2012 diesel Ford Focus, 2014 diesel Ford Focus, 2013 diesel Ford Focus, 2014 diesel Toyota Corolla, 2015 diesel Ford Focus, 2015 diesel Volkswagen Golf, 2012 diesel Toyota Avensis, 2014 diesel Hyundai ix35, 2013 diesel Volkswagen Golf, 2013 diesel BMW 5 Series.

Top 10 Quickest Sellers (Independent dealers):

2014 diesel Volvo S60, 2010 petrol Mercedes CLC, 2009 diesel KIA cee'd, 2008 petrol Hyundai i30, 2009 petrol Mazda6, 2008 diesel Audi A3, 2008 diesel Renault Megane, 2011 diesel Jaguar XF Series, 2013 diesel Volkswagen Passat CC, 2005 petrol SEAT Leon.

Top 10 Quickest Sellers (franchise dealers):

2011 diesel BMW 1-series, 2015 diesel Volvo V60, 2014 diesel Land Rover Discovery, 2013 diesel Volvo S60, 2007 petrol Nissan Qashqai, 2015 diesel Jaguar X-Type, 2015 diesel Volvo S60, 2012, diesel Land Rover Discovery, 2010 diesel Hyundai ix35, 2013 Hybrid Toyota Prius.

Top 10 sold privately:

2011 diesel BMW 5-series, 2008 diesel Ford Focus, 2007 petrol Volkswagen Golf, 2008 diesel BMW 3 series, 2008 petrol Volkswagen Golf, 2007 diesel Audi A4, 2009 diesel Audi A4, 2007 diesel BMW 5-series, 2006 diesel Audi A4, 2005 petrol Volkswagen Golf.

Justin Kavanagh, managing director of VMS and MyVehicle.ie says: "It is extremely important that in today's fast changing marketplace where the value of certain vehicles can fluctuate so quickly, that not only motor dealers do their due diligence, but that individuals ensure that they are getting a fair market value for their vehicle, especially if trading in or to ensure that they are not overpaying for a vehicle."

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