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Friday 19 September 2014

Germans top wish list as used car sales soar

Published 06/04/2014 | 02:30

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The Volkswagen Golf was the most popular choice among people buying used cars
The Volkswagen Golf was the most popular choice among people buying used cars

I WAS amazed to read that 474,418 used cars were sold in Ireland during the last six months of 2013, an increase of 16 per cent on the same period in 2012, according to the third Carzone.ie Motoring Report. The report is a biannual index which tracks trends in both the new and used car markets in Ireland.

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Data has been compiled using the 60 million searches carried out on Carzone.ie during the last six months of the year, vehicle transactions listed on Cartell.ie and a survey of 2,187 motorists nationwide.

German cars remain most popular among buyers, with the Volkswagen Golf topping the list as most searched for used car. The BMW 3 Series ranks in second place, followed by the BMW 5 Series, the Audi A4 and the Ford Focus.

In line with previous reports, the top two financial concerns for motorists are fuel costs and the price of road tax. The 80 per cent continuing to opt for diesel models, indicate a desire for better fuel economy, although almost 70 per cent of those surveyed commute less than 100km per working day.

Sunday Independent

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