Volume of used diesel at auctions at an all-time low in Q2


The volume of used diesel cars at auctions reached an all-time low in Q2.

According to Aston Barclay’s latest monthly used market report, 42.7% of its stock in Q2 was diesel, a fall from 46% in Q1 and the first major sign that used diesel volumes are falling to coincide with new car fuel trends.

Diesel prices remained consistent at £8,302 in Q2, a fall of just £32 over Q1, while petrol prices fell by -1.6% (£122) to £7,447.

Used EV prices increased in Q2 by 11.7% (£3,289) to a new record price of £31,349. Sale volumes also increased in Q2 by a third over Q1 showing that EVs are slowly creeping into auction and now account for 1.5% of Aston Barclay’s sales.

Used fleet prices fell by an average of 2.5% (£405) to £15,278. This is the third successive quarter where average prices were in the £15,000s which reinforces the sector’s stability.

Late and low (0-24 months) and budget (126 months +) used cars continued to buck the trend with price rises of 2.9% (£696) and 1.2% (£26) to £23,941 and £2,075, respectively.

“Q2 has thrown up some interesting trends. Diesel volumes fell 3.3% from Q1 to Q2, but we believe that once more ex-fleet used cars reach auction diesel volumes will start to rise again,” said Martin Potter, Aston Barclay’s Chief Customer Officer.

“The overall used market is slowing down with price increases only for the right stock. Refurbishment levels continue to rise as vendors make their used cars as attractive as possible to increase conversion rates while buyers are handing over the hassles of improving a car’s condition to us so they arrive at the dealership retail ready.”

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