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Used car sales for Top 200 most-stocked car dealers rose in May

  • Top 200 most-stocked dealers list shows used cars and revenue were up in May
  • Arnold Clark leads the way followed by online car dealer Cinch
  • Online disruptors hold firm against dealer groups
  • Full exclusive data available to members of the Car Dealer website

Time 12:47 pm, June 22, 2022

Sales of used cars by the Top 200 most-stocked car dealers jumped by over 3.5 per cent last month, latest figures shows.

Data compiled for Car Dealer by reveals that the Top 200 car dealers in the UK sold 163,358 cars in May.

It was a substantial 3.53 per cent rise on April’s 157,790.

May was still lower than March 2022’s 172,547 figure, however.

Revenue was up too by 2.38 per cent on April. May’s figure totalled £3.35bn compared to April’s £3.27bn.

May continued the trend for fewer cars bought as stock by the Top 200 car dealers, however, underlining retailers were making stronger margins on less stock.

The month saw 148,671 used cars purchased by dealers to fill out their forecourts – a 5.13 per cent fall on April’s 156,718.

April was already down a considerable 19.22 per cent on March.

Sales were up across the board across all dealer types, with franchise dealers seeing a three per cent increase, independents at 4.85 per cent and supermarkets at just under three per cent.

Glasgow-based Arnold Clark remained in pole position in the Top 200 list, with an average of 26,840 used cars on its books – a figure compiled across its franchised and used car sites.

There was also no-change for online used car dealer Cinch as it stayed in second place.

In May, Cinch had an average of 10,908 cars in stock.

The Constellation Automotive Group-owned operation was just ahead of Marshall – which is currently undergoing a £325m buy-out by Constellation – which had an average of 8,768 cars.

Pendragon-owned Evans Halshaw also remained in fourth place with an average 7,947 cars in stock, while Bristol Street Motors jumped from tenth in April’s list to fifth place in May with 7,831.

Sytner slipped to sixth with an average of 7,674 and Cazoo remained in seventh place with 7,135.

Inchcape (6,625), CarShop (6,485) and Lookers (6,171) rounded out the top 10.

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The best-selling used car, as usual, was the Ford Fiesta, while the fastest-selling used car was the Nissan Note – previously it was the MG 3.

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James Batchelor's avatar

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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