Ford has topped the list of the best selling used car – beating out competitors such as BMW, Volkswagen and Vauxhall.
The Ford Fiesta was the most popular car with more than 300,000 transactions in 2021 compared to the Vauxhall Corsa which had around 261,000 transactions.
777,997 more cars changed hands than in 2020, a year which was even more badly affected by Covid lockdowns, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
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Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “It’s good to see the used car market return to growth, even if activity is still below where we were pre-pandemic.
“With the global shortage of semiconductors set to ease later this year, releasing the squeeze on new car supply, we expect more of the latest, cleanest and zero emission models to become available for second owners.
“The demand for personal mobility has undoubtedly increased during the pandemic, so it’s vital we have healthy new car sales to drive fleet renewal and the used car market if we are to improve air quality and address climate change.”
Sales of used petrol and diesel cars both grew by 10.7 and 9.8 per cent respectively last year, while demand for electric and hybrid vehicles grew significantly – as much as 119.2 per cent for battery-only cars – as more low-emission models dripped into the used market as appetite for greener models hits at an all-time high.
Meanwhile, black cars were the most popular color being sold in 2021 with more than 1.5million transactions. Silver and aluminum came second with 1.2million.
The top 10 most sold second-hand cars for 2021 are as follows:
10. BMW 1 Series – 122,840 sales
9. Audi A3 – 122,856 sales
8. Volkswagen Polo – 147,372 sales
7. Mini Hatchback – 167,828 sales
6. BMW 3 Series – 175,190 sales
5. Vauxhall Astra – 200,911 sales
4. Volkswagen Golf – 247,919 sales
3. Ford Focus – 251,265 sales
2. Vauxhall Corsa – 262,448 sales
1. Ford Fiesta – 326,436 sales
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