Crawley is the UK's used car hotspot of 2021, via Volkswagen FInancial Services media centreCrawley is the UK's used car hotspot of 2021, via Volkswagen FInancial Services media centre

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Crawley sees more used cars financed than anywhere else in UK

  • Town tops Volkswagen Financial Services UK list, with Croydon and Dunfermline second and third
  • Higher proportion of under-30s financing used cars than at any time over past four years
  • Annual number of used EVs being financed by VWFS for UK customers has surged by 76 per cent on 2020

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Crawley is the nation’s used car hotspot so far this year, according to latest data.

Volkswagen Financial Services UK (VWFS) said it had financed more used cars for customers in the town than anywhere else in the UK.

Croydon and Dunfermline were second and third respectively, with Slough and Aberdeen fourth and fifth.


The other locations in the top 10 were named as Whitehaven, Chelmsford, Dundee, Preston and Gillingham in Kent.

Precise figures haven’t been given but VWFS said Slough has topped its list three times this year – the most of any location

The global shortage of semiconductors has affected the production of new cars, leading to massive demand for used cars and increasing their prices.

Latest SMMT data shows the used car market grew by 108.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2021, with more than 2.1 million cars changing hands.


That was up by 6.6 per cent on 2019 pre-pandemic levels and, said VWFS, was the best second-quarter performance for the used car market.

According to VWFS’s data insights team, a higher proportion of people under 30 are currently financing used cars than at any point over the past four years.

At present, 32 per cent of the used car market is made up of people under 30 versus 27 per cent in 2020, 23 per cent in 2019 and 19 per cent in 2018.

VWFS added that the annual number of used electric cars it was financing for UK customers had surged by 76 per cent from 2020 to 2021, while those for petrol and diesel cars have dropped by 23 per cent and 37 per cent respectively.

The top 10 most popular used car models it has financed this year are the VW Golf, VW Polo, Audi A3, Audi A1, VW Tiguan, Audi Q3, Skoda Octavia, Audi Q2, Skoda Fabia and Audi Q5.

Mike Todd, chief executive at VWFS, said: ‘The used car market in the UK has never been as buoyant as it is right now, with supply shortages continuing to affect the new car market, and it’s encouraging to see that so many young people are interested in driving used models.

‘Used cars are typically much cheaper to buy than new cars, and there are usually shorter wait times once you’ve chosen the vehicle you want, so there are plenty of advantages to going down the used route.

‘I think lots of people are still apprehensive about travelling on public transport, so coupled with the supply issues, we’re seeing increased demand among people looking for cheaper personal mobility options as the world gradually gets back to some kind of normality.’

Picture via VWFS Media Centre

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