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Editor’s Blog: The week that was April 15-19

Time 8:22 am, April 19, 2013

042562600_1216134939LOVE them or loathe them, 4x4s do have their uses – and it would seem customer demand for them is unrelenting.

This week we heard of three 4x4s which have been named as some of the fastest-selling used cars in the UK. The top 10 list, compiled by Glass’s Guide, showed the car that sits on dealers’ forecourts for the shortest time was not the Ford Fiesta or even the BMW 3 Series, but – amazingly – the Lexus RX400h.

The hybrid Japanese SUV has an average selling time of 25.3 days, meaning customers are anxious to splash their cash on the environmentally-aware off-roader. It also goes to show that the recent cold weather is having a firmer grip on the used car market than you might have expected.


The surprises don’t stop there. The second fastest-selling used car is the Land Rover Discovery 4 at 26 days while Hyundai’s Tucson – not the swoopy ix35 but its rather more dumpy predecessor – came third with an average selling time of 27.5 days.

Some of the suspects you’d expect did reside in the list, however. Audi’s A3 hangs around for 30.4 days while that anti-retro premium French fancy, the Citroen DS3, sat in a steady seventh. The Glass’s team reported dealers on average find the upmarket Citroen to stick around on forecourts for 30.2 days, while dependable city cars like Toyota’s Aygo and the Hyundai i10 prove A-segment cars are always quick to sell recording times of 30.8 and 31.2 days respectively.

Are you a dealer stocking the Chrysler Ypsilon? If so you’ll be experiencing them hanging around for a whopping 111.9 days!

But the more important question is that while this data is gold for used car dealers wanting to stock their forecourts, is the stock actually available?


Have a view? Email me [email protected] But in the meantime, happy dealing.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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