Big names topping import list having impact on 'Irish-car' values
We hear so much about the surge in secondhand imports it is easy to overlook the sheer volume of specific models being bought - and the impact that is having on 'Irish-car' values.
The downwards pressure on prices means everyone's car is hit by lower values.
The top used import is the Ford Focus with a massive 5,300+ brought in this year. It's followed by the Volkswagen Golf (around 4,800).
Both are miles ahead of the Volkswagen Passat, Audi A4 and Nissan Qashqai, bunched together at just under 2,500 each. It's a hell of a lot of cars.
Three mid-size executives feature among the remainder of the Top 10 (courtesy of SIMI data). They include the BMW 5 Series (nearly 2,000), Audi A6 (around 1,900) and Mercedes E-Class (heading for 1,700).
The Hyundai i30 (approx 2,000) and Vauxhall/Opel Insignia (around 1,700) complete the picture.
It is generally reckoned we'll bring in more than 90,000 this year in total - up substantially on the 72,000 for all of 2016.