It isn’t often that the used car market is a topic of conversation in the Petrol News office, but it was today after Auto Trader revealed the fastest-selling second-hand cars.
A few make-models were haphazardly flung around the desks – VW Golf, Ford Focus, Nissan Qashqai – all of them well off. We won’t sustain you in anticipation for any longer: it was the Hyundai i10, specifically 2014’s petrol automatic variant.
According to the used car portal’s data, the dinky Korean city car took an average of 13 days to leave the forecourt throughout March, two days fewer than the second-placed Kia Sportage (petrol manual 2014 model).
Auto Trader’s data suggests that second-hand Kias are hot property right now, with four of the ten fastest-selling used cars in March wearing the Kia badge.
The newer 2015 petrol manual Sportage was in fourth, followed by the 2014 Sorento (diesel auto – both 17 days), then the 2015 Rio petrol manual in eighth (18 days).
Why are Kias so popular though? A spokesperson for Auto Trader said the brand’s dominance of the used car market shouldn’t be surprising, due to the seven-year warranty that comes as standard on all new Kias.
This means that even a 2014 model still has four years of warranty left, providing an extra level of peace of mind that most other manufacturers just can’t compete with.
Other high-demand used cars were 2016 variants of the Ford Kuga and Vauxhall Astra and the 2014 Mazda CX-5 (all finding new owners in 18 days).
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, adds: “The introduction of a new car registration plate in March means that the used car market is always booming around this time of the year.
“This kind of data always pulls out some eye-opening revelations but considering the improvement seen across the Kia range in recent years, perhaps we shouldn’t have been so surprised this time.”