With the rapid growth of new electric car sales, it’s not surprising that demand for used EVs is also increasing. This is reflected in data from used car dealers about the fastest-selling cars on their forecourts in the last year.
A report published by automotive marketplace Auto Trader crowns the previous-generation Nissan Leaf as the fastest-selling used car in the UK during 2021, taking just 17 days on average to sell once it had arrived on a used car forecourt.
This is the second time that an electric car has been Auto Trader‘s fastest-selling used car, after the Renault Zoe finished in top spot in 2019. In the most recent rankings, the Zoe finished in 7th place, while two Toyota petrol-hybrids also made the top ten – the Prius and Yaris.
Diesel cars make up the rest of the top ten, with the majority of 2021’s fastest-selling used cars being automatic models.
2021’s fastest-selling used cars
|Rank||Model||Fuel & Transmission||Predicted Days to Sell|
|1||2016 Nissan Leaf||Electric – Automatic||17|
|2||2016 Toyota Prius||Petrol Hybrid – Automatic||19|
|3||2016 Mazda CX-5||Diesel – Manual||19|
|4||2016 Peugeot 3008||Diesel – Automatic||19|
|5||2016 Citroen Grand C4 Picasso||Diesel – Automatic||20|
|6||2016 Toyota Yaris||Petrol Hybrid – Automatic||20|
|7||2018 Renault Zoe||Electric – Automatic||20|
|8||2016 Peugeot 308||Diesel – Manual||21|
|9||2016 Nissan Qashqai||Diesel – Automatic||21|
|10||2016 Ford Grand C-Max||Diesel – Manual||21|
These rankings are based on Auto Trader‘s own ‘Fastest Selling Index’, which tracks the potential speed at which vehicles will sell based on live supply and demand in the market.
All of the automotive marketplaces tend to report on this data every month, but that is heavily influenced by specific stock and registration movements by manufacturers, which tends to turn up some very unusual results. Over a full year, however, the data becomes more relevant.
Interestingly, the top three places on the list comprise an electric car, a hybrid car and a diesel SUV. All but one of the models listed are 2016-registered vehicles, suggesting that five-year-old cars are a bit of a sweet spot for used car buyers.
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Auto Trader reports that at the start of 2021, a used electric car took 44 days on average to sell once it was bought by a car dealership. No doubt aided by the fuel shortages that hit the UK towards the end of the year, this average dropped to just 26 days by the end of the year.
By comparison, it took an average of 30 days for a diesel car to sell once it arrived on the forecourt, and 34 days for petrol models.