Cars more than six years old attract more attention in May as used values drop for the fourth consecutive month

  • Cars aged six to eight years attracted more attention on eBay Motors Group platforms in May than any other age group
  • Values fell by more than two per cent compared to April, marking the fourth consecutive month of falling used car values
  • Year-on-year values remain high with May 23 per cent above last year’s average values

Time 1:46 pm, June 14, 2022

Used car values saw their fourth monthly drop in May and their biggest fall of the year, according to the latest figures from eBay Motors Group’s Market View, with older cars becoming more desirable. 

The average price of a used car fell by 2.1 per cent or £370 to £16,972 in May, but compared to the same time last year values were still 23 per cent higher.

Cars more than six years old generated the most views online with eBay Motors Group commenting that buyers were increasingly focussed on older and more affordable vehicles last month.

The most popular age band was six to eight years old, which accounted for 14.8 per cent of online views.

This was closely followed by cars aged eight to 10 years old with 14.2 per cent of online views while cars aged 12 to 14 years old attracted 10.4 per cent of views.

The cars with the lowest advert views were those aged less than six months (0.9 per cent) followed by six to 12 months (1.4 per cent) and then cars aged one to two years (3.9 per cent).

Lucy Tugby, head of marketing at eBay Motors Group, said: ‘The gradual month-on-month drop in average advertised used car prices is closely tracking the widely reported drops in the wholesale sector but remain significantly ahead of May last year.

‘The impact of the cost of living crisis can be seen clearly in the sheer volume of views of older cars, especially those aged over six years, as buyers look for the most cost-effective solutions to their immediate motoring needs.

Consequently, dealers need to be increasingly smarter and flexible in their stocking policies to reflect the ongoing impact of the cost of living crisis on affordability for a growing number of buyers.

‘What we’re now seeing is high online interest in these cars resulting in some of the fastest sales. The challenge for retailers over the coming months is to continue to sell these vehicles profitably as their values normalise.’

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Rebecca has been a motoring and business journalist since 2014, previously writing and presenting for titles such as the Press Association, Auto Express and Car Buyer. She has worked in many roles for Car Dealer Magazine’s publisher Blackball Media including head of editorial.

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