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Electric models drive second-hand car sales higher - Perthshire Chamber of Commerce

Electric models drive second-hand car sales higher

Second-hand car sales have risen this year, boosted by a sharp increase in the number of used electric vehicles on the market.

Sales of used cars in the UK rose 5.1% between January and March, compared to the same three months last year.

But the market for electric cars, which only makes up a small percentage of the overall second-hand market, more than doubled in size.

Electric car sales were "energising" the market, the SMMT said.

The most popular models overall were the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, and Volkswagen Golf. But consumers appeared keen to snap up more environmentally-friendly cars where possible, the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed.

Sales of used battery electric vehicles (BEVs), which run purely on electric power, grew from 6,625 to 14,586 in the first three months of the year, a rise of 120.2% from a year earlier.

Plug in hybrids (PHEVs) and hybrids (HEVs) which together make up a larger share of the used car market also changed hands in greater numbers, totalling just under 50,000 vehicles.

Smaller models continued to be more popular for buyers in the second-hand market. Larger multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) , declined by 7.5%, followed by luxury saloons which were down 3.4%.

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