Autotrade-mail, who recently received a site-wide refresh, said the figure was hit because of a shortage of ‘good quality, two-to-three year old stock’ – the average wholesale cost of which jumped by 2.5 per cent against 2011.
Ford, Audi and Land Rover were the top three manufacturers searched for on the site – followed by BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Vauxhall. Porsche, Nissan and Jaguar finished the top 10.
‘As we head into 2013, and the prospect of another challenging market environment, the easier it is for dealers to source and dispose of vehicles, the more time they can spend on maximising their profit potential,’ commented Autotrade-mail’s operations director Kevin Watson.
‘2013 promises to be another year of growth for Autotrade-mail and we are expecting the stock we offer to increase to more than 300,000 vehicles by the end of this year, an increase of more than 20%.
‘We saw an increase in the availability of nearly new, low mileage vehicles during 2012 and this is likely to continue into 2013. These cars are very popular among our dealers with high conversion rates meaning they don’t stay in stock for long.’