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Used 4x4’s on the rise
Published: Thursday 16th of May 2013 | Author: Katie | Category: Industry News
April’s used car trends are up by 16% year-on-year, but the really interesting news is that 4x4’s dominate these figures as being the fastest selling used car in the UK.
“Spring might be here, but demand for 4x4s is still yet to drop”, according to Glass’s guide. 4x4’s have always been described as an all-rounder but in the past their reputation has been tarnished for being gas guzzlers – however with a 5.2% rise in sales we can safely say their back in the good books.
According to FleetNews.co.uk, “the most popular selling 4x4 was the Land Rover Freelander, which saw an increase in sales of 4.5%”. With a smooth ride and great driving position, not to mention its highly impressive off-road capabilities you can see why this desirable 4x4 keeps resale values strong.
Perhaps the rise in sales could be linked to the opinion that 4x4s could possibly make a good family car. With a great view of the road thanks to the elevated seating position, spacious interior and impressive boot space we can see why. A review on What Car gave the Freelander a 5* rating for safety and security, which is one of the top features parents look for when buying a family car. So it’s no surprise that Andrew Ballard, principal consultant, Experian Automotive in the UK and Ireland, said: "The latest analysis indicates that the 4x4 may be gaining weight in the family market as the MPV sees a drop in sales for the first time in over seven years.
Being able to handle all terrain and weather comes in handy in the UK as you never know what to expect, which could be another top selling point for in 4x4 used car market. Most 4x4s have the added advantage of being quite pleasing on the eye with their eye-catching designs, which according to an article on easier.com is very important in the used car market. “Condition and presentation remain important, high mileage may discourage some bidders, but overall average values and conversion rates remain very strong”.
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