Big boost in used

car sales

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MORE used cars were sold in the UK than ever before in 2016 with no fewer than 8.2 million vehicles changing hands, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Sales of pre-owned cars were up by 7.3 per cent on the previous year and the used car market reflected the ongoing changes in new car consumer tastes.

Demand for smaller cars showed no sign of slowing. Superminis were again the best-selling body type accounting for more than a third of all used car sales whilst sales of used city cars grew 11.5 per cent.

But the popularity of pre-owned SUVs' rose fastest - up nearly 17 per cent to take an 8.3 per cent share of the market.

Although petrol still leads as the used fuel type of choice with more than 4.6 million traded, its market share fell slightly with sales of used alternatively fuelled vehicle and diesels growing more. Used AFV registrations rose 32.5per cent, while diesels increased 11.1 per cent and sales of used petrol models grew 4.7 per cent.

Reflecting the top-selling new cars over the last few years, Britain's best selling used car remained the Ford Fiesta, closely followed by the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Corsa and Astra with the Volkswagen Golf the top selling non-British brand in fifth place.

Silver remained the number one used car colour choice ahead of black and blue, while brown entered the top 10 in place of gold.

Says Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive: "On the back of a record 2016 for UK new car registrations, it's further good news that our used car market is in such good health. Strong demand is testament to the quality, reliability and appeal of cars on sale today, with used buyers enjoying more choice, more low emission, safety and connected technology than ever."

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