Dealers in Scotland sell cars almost a week faster than the UK average

Used cars sell six days faster in Scotland than the nationwide average, according to data from online automotive marketplace, CarGurus.

According to CarGurus data, cars spend just 25 days on dealer forecourts in Scotland compared with to the average of 31 days across the UK. Car buyers will need to move quickly as the CarGurus research also demonstrates that Scottish dealers managed to shift stock a full 10 days faster compared with to those in Wales.

CarGurus, which shows consumers how many days a car has been on the forecourt, analysed used cars listed on the market throughout 2018 to compile the league table of fastest selling regions.

Fastest selling UK regions

Region Average no. of days listed on
1. Scotland 25 days
2. West Midlands 29 days
3. East Midlands 30 days
4. North East England 30 days
5. Northern Ireland 31 days
6. North West England 31 days
7. Greater London 31 days
8. Yorkshire and the Humber 32 days
9. South East England 33 days
10. South West England 33 days
11. East of England 34 days
12. Wales 35 days

North of the border, the Vauxhall Insignia and Mercedes A-Class were identified as the fastest-selling models. The hatchbacks spent an average of just 17 days on Scottish forecourts before being sold.
Dealers in the Midlands also proved their selling prowess with the region taking second and third place. In the West Midlands, the Volkswagen Polo and the Ford Ka were most popular, with these cars finding a home on average after just 22 days. Whereas, the Ford Mondeo and BMW 4 Series were the choice of buyers in the East Midlands – selling in 23 days.

Fastest selling car models by UK region

Region Fastest selling model(s) Average no. of days listed on
1. Scotland Vauxhall Insignia and Mercedes-Benz A-Class 17 days
2. North West England Vauxhall Zafira 19 days
3. South West England Vauxhall Zafira 20 days
4. South East England Vauxhall Zafira 22 days
5. West Midlands Volkswagen Polo and Ford Ka 22 days
6. East Midlands Ford Mondeo and BMW 4 Series 23 days
7. East of England Vauxhall Zafira 23 days
8. Greater London BMW 1 Series 23 days
9. North East England Vauxhall Insignia 23 days
10. Yorkshire and the Humber Seat Ibiza and Mercedes-Benz A-Class 25 days
11. Northern Ireland Nissan Qashqai 26 days
12. Wales BMW 1 Series 29 days

“When shopping for a car in Scotland, buyers should be aware that cars are selling more quickly than average for the UK, particularly the most popular used models. Doing research ahead of a visit to the forecourt should allow the consumer to make an informed decision more readily,” said Chris Knapman, Editor at CarGurus.

“When acting quickly, trust and transparency are key. This is where our pioneering technology and tools come in, allowing car buyers to easily see which vehicles represent the best deals from top-rated dealers in their search area.”

Created by TripAdvisor co-founder Langley Steinert, CarGurus combines dealer reviews with comprehensive car valuation analytics to bring trust and transparency to the automotive marketplace, allowing buyers to quickly and easily find great deals from top-rated dealers.

CarGurus has the fastest growing audience among large automotive shopping sites in the UK*.

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