In this age of PCP and lease deals, people care less and less about how easy it is to sell their car. But for those of us who continue to buy cars outright, we don’t want to be lumbered with something that’s near-impossible to sell on. Fortunately, Auto Trader has revealed the cars that sold the fastest on its website last year. Click on to discover the top 10.
10: 2014 Hyundai ix35 petrol
Yes, Auto Trader is very specific about the models that sell the quickest. If you happened to have a 2014 Hyundai ix35 petrol to shift in 2017, it would have flown off the driveway. At the time of writing, there are just 150 petrol ix35s on Auto Trader compared to 1,102 diesels. No wonder petrol examples are in demand, considering the current anti-diesel sentiment.
9: 2015 Kia Rio petrol
With a transferable seven-year warranty, a nearly-new Kia Rio makes for a very sensible car purchase. On average, a 2015 Kia Rio petrol took 29 days to sell in 2017, with prices averaging £7,896.
8: 2015 Ford Ka petrol
The fastest-selling second-hand cars in 2017 can be broadly split into two categories: affordable small cars and SUVs. The Ka is one of the former, with an average retail price of £5,865 (the cheapest to appear in the top 10). Like the Hyundai ix35 and Kia Rio, it took an average of 29 days to sell a 2015 petrol Ford Ka, says Auto Trader.
7: 2014 Toyota Prius
With motorists worried about buying diesel cars, it’s no surprise to see the UK’s favourite hybrid appear here. With 2014 models reaching the end of three-year lease deals in 2017, we’re surprised the market wasn’t flooded with Priuses of this age. How many of them were bought by Uber drivers, we wonder…
6: 2012 Toyota Yaris petrol auto
Having said that, we’re surprised to see it’s not a Yaris hybrid taking sixth position, but a conventional petrol automatic. We suspect that might be down to demand exceeding supply. At the time of writing, there are just 23 2012 Toyota Yaris automatics for sale on Auto Trader.
5: 2014 Kia Rio petrol
You might be interested to discover that a 2014 Kia Rio petrol took, on average, one day less to sell than a 2015 Kia Rio petrol in 2017. Then again, you might not be.
4: 2014 Kia Sportage petrol
The Kia Sportage is one of the best-value second-hand SUVs on the market and, of course, with a transferable seven-year warranty it’s no surprise to see so many Korean cars appearing here. Again, it’s worth noting that it’s the petrol model that’s in demand. There are just 112 from 2014 currently on Auto Trader.
3: 2014 Hyundai i10 petrol auto
There’s an obvious correlation between a model’s scarcity and how quickly it sells. The third fastest selling second-hand car last year was a 2014 Hyundai i10 petrol automatic, taking 25 days on average to sell. There are just 45 currently on Auto Trader, compared with 308 manuals.
2: 2016 Ford Kuga petrol
With an average retail price of £18,333, the Kuga is the priciest car to appear here, yet it takes second position in the top 10 list of fastest-selling cars of 2017. Buyers are keen on unleaded models (surprise, surprise), with 2016 petrol Kugas taking 25 days on average to shift.
1: 2015 Kia Sportage petrol
And in number one spot is another Kia Sportage. As we’ve already said, that transferrable seven-year warranty must help, as does its very reasonable price. On average, 2015 petrol Sportages retail for £13,690 on Auto Trader.
December 2017’s fastest-selling cars
So now you know the fast-selling used cars in 2017, but what were the big hitters in December? You might be surprised…
3: 2017 Skoda Yeti Outdoor diesel
The loveable Skoda Yeti has now been replaced by the much more conventional Karoq. We’re not surprised that buyers are keen to get their hands on the outgoing model, with (presumably ex-demo) examples selling within 26 days on average. It’s interesting, too, that buyers are keen on diesels – going against the trend for 2017 as a whole.
2: 2013 Nissan Qashqai petrol auto
Ah, the ever-popular Nissan Qashqai. Buyers in 2017 were keen on petrol automatic versions, it seems, selling in 26 days on average for an average retail price of £11,426.
1: 2016 Audi A3 Saloon diesel
And the fastest-selling car on Auto Trader in December was a 2016 Audi A3 diesel. So much for our theory that car buyers were concerned about buying diesels in 2017. Buyers were happy to snap up nearly-new A3 diesels, even as a saloon. They took 24 days to sell on average.