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A Look at the Used Car Market in the UK

It is no secret that the used car market has grown enormously in recent times. This is largely due to the fact that the internet has opened it up so that people can browse second-hand automobiles for sale and down the country and even overseas. In 2016, there were a staggering 8 million used cars sold in the UK. This is a new record and an increase of 7.3% from 2015.

UK Regions
In terms of regions, it is, unsurprisingly, the South East where most transactions took place. 14.9% of the sales took place in this region, whilst the North West came in second with 10.4% of the cars sold. The East followed with 9.8% of the transactions. At the other end, Wales made the least transactions with just 436,873 taking place throughout 2016.

This goes to show that if you are in the market for a used car, you are best off looking in the South East or near a major city where there are more likely to be motorists selling their vehicles or dealership in place. Another good option to find what you are looking for is to use an online car supermarket where you can browse used cars for sale up and down the country. This includes places like Motorpoint.

Buying Safely
The great aspect of having such a large used car market in this country is that there is such a huge range of cars available. This means that motorists should be able to find what they are looking for and for affordable prices with a little research. However, it does mean that there are also a lot of fraudulent sellers and used car scams to be aware of. You should always be cautious, thoroughly inspect the automobile and get a vehicle history check carried out to avoid scams.

Vehicle Types
Unsurprisingly, the study showed that small city cars are still the most popular in the UK. The Ford Fiesta, the Ford Focus and the Vauxhall Corsa made up the top three models in 2016, with superminis making up an enormous third of used car sales. Interestingly, the biggest rise in popularity in terms of body type was for SUVs which were up almost 17%. This took them to 8.3% of the market share.

Driving in Adverse Conditions
This rise in SUVs goes to show that motorists require automobiles that won't let them down in adverse conditions. Wet roads and poor weather are issues that every motorist faces in this country and it is important to consider this when in the market for a new car. Some motorists may think that a used car will not perform as well as a new car in slippery conditions, but this is not strictly true.

Many used car dealers will replace the set of tyres before selling the car to make the car more appealing and so that they can ask for a higher price. Additionally, modern day cars are built to last and are much more reliable than ever before so you should get a good performance regardless of age. By opting for a car with four-wheel-drive and by driving carefully in adverse conditions (the most important factor), there will not be much to split between used and new cars on wet roads.

The used car market in this country shows no sign of slowing down with a record 8 million sold in 2016. This can be attributed to the fact that the internet has made it easy to find cars in every area of the country and the financial benefits of buying used. In addition to this, the reliability of modern cars means that used cars can be just as reliable as a new car even in tough conditions.

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