Scots used car sales fastest in UK 09 | 04 | 2019

    IF YOU’RE PLANNING to buy a used car from a Scottish dealer, you’d better get your skates on, because used cars sell six days faster in Scotland than the nationwide average. And if you fancy a Vauxhall Insignia or Mercedes A-Class, you definitely need to be super fast because on average they sell in just 17 days. (Related: Vauxhall tops Scots sales charts)

    According to data from online automotive marketplace, CarGurus, cars spend just 25 days on dealer forecourts in Scotland compared with to the average of 31 days across the UK. Car buyers will need to move quickly as the CarGurus research also demonstrates that Scottish dealers managed to shift stock a full 10 days faster compared with to those in Wales.

    CarGurus, which shows consumers how many days a car has been on the forecourt, analysed used cars listed on the market throughout 2018 to compile the league table of fastest selling regions.


    In Scotland, the Vauxhall Insignia and Mercedes A-Class were identified as the fastest-selling models. The hatchbacks spent an average of just 17 days on Scottish forecourts before being sold.

    Dealers in the Midlands also proved their selling prowess with the region taking second and third place. In the West Midlands, the Volkswagen Polo and the Ford Ka were most popular, with these cars finding a home on average after just 22 days. Whereas, the Ford Mondeo and BMW 4 Series were the choice of buyers in the East Midlands – selling in 23 days.

    “When shopping for a car in Scotland, buyers should be aware that cars are selling more quickly than average for the UK, particularly the most popular used models,” Chris Knapman, editor at CarGurus, said. “Doing research ahead of a visit to the forecourt should allow the consumer to make an informed decision more readily.


    “When acting quickly, trust and transparency are key. This is where our pioneering technology and tools come in, allowing car buyers to easily see which vehicles represent the best deals from top-rated dealers in their search area.”

    Created by TripAdvisor co-founder Langley Steinert, CarGurus combines dealer reviews with comprehensive car valuation analytics to bring trust and transparency to the automotive marketplace, allowing buyers to quickly and easily find great deals from top-rated dealers.

    CarGurus has the fastest growing audience among large automotive shopping sites in the UK, including,, and

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    Jim McGill


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