Top used buys

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetime Extra - Busy hol­i­day mar­ket

The used car mar­ket in the UK last month was sur­pris­ingly dom­i­nated by peo­ple car­ri­ers and off-road­ers and the big­gest seller was the Nissan Pathfinder.

For the first time, bud­get 4x4 the Da­cia Duster en­tered the Hot Five from in­dus­try an­a­lysts Glass’s in third spot, show­ing that the rapidly emerg­ing brand has plenty of ap­peal for used buy­ers.

Other ve­hi­cles with plenty of seats and lots of room for hol­i­day lug­gage in­cluded the Peu­geot 5008 in sec­ond place and the Chrysler Grand Voy­ager in fourth.

Ru­pert Pon­tin, Head of Val­u­a­tions at Glass’s, said: “Used car sales at this time of year are of­ten dom­i­nated by fam­ily friendly cars as the hol­i­day get­away is top pri­or­ity for buy­ers.

“All of the ve­hi­cles that have made the Top Five rep­re­sent ex­cel­lent value for fam­i­lies.”

The Hot Five are: 1. Nissan Pathfinder, 2. Peu­geot 5008, 3. Da­cia Duster, 4. Chrysler Grand Voy­ager and 5. Ford Kuga.

Pon­tin con­tin­ued: “Nissan’s fam­ily friendly Pathfinder makes it to the top of the charts. Great space and ac­cept­able run­ning costs mean this is a pop­u­lar fam­ily and small busi­ness friendly car suit­able for hol­i­days and a wide range of leisure pur­suits.

“The Peu­geot 5008 is not a trade favourite but as a re­tail propo­si­tion is a fairly good bet with great space and good value for money.

“The ve­hi­cles we are see­ing are an av­er­age of 35 months old with 32,000 miles so it would ap­pear that there are plenty of ex­am­ples com­ing off con­tract.”

Glass’s say that see­ing the Da­cia Duster in third place is in­ter­est­ing as it shows the Re­nault-owned value brand de­mon­strat­ing real cus­tomer ap­peal in the used sec­tor.

The age and mileage pro­file sug­gests that the Dusters are end of 18-month con­tract cars, and ideal for the fam­ily re­tail buyer.

Says Pon­tin: “Chrysler’s ever pop­u­lar Grand Voy­ager makes fourth spot de­spite its gen­er­ally higher run­ning costs. This shows that fam­i­lies still need larger and more ro­bust MPVs in time for the sum­mer hol­i­days.

“The Ford Kuga has a lot of road pres­ence to go with great build qual­ity and good spec lev­els - all of which at­tract the dis­cern­ing buyer look­ing for a bit of ex­clu­siv­ity.”

Glass’s Hot Five is based on 300 mod­els, all of which have been sub­ject to more than 50 price ob­ser­va­tions over a four-week pe­riod.

The set is then split by range, and an av­er­age is de­ter­mined by the num­ber of days that cars have been ad­ver­tised on web por­tals.

Bags of space of­fered by the Nissan Pathfinder

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