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The SMA has reported that there is currently a shortage of good used cars coming to the market place this November, so if you’re thinking about selling a used car which is five years or under, you might benefit from trading your car in as soon as possible.
On the flip side, those people who are seeking a used small car may struggle to find one at a good price due to the increased shortage and consequent demand for cars in this category.
Many buyers are looking for cars which have been well prepared and offer a good service history to generate strong sales, which have proved to be ahead of the official price guides. Therefore, if you have a used car to sell, it is well worth making sure it is in tip top condition and has a complete service history if you’re hoping to gain the best price possible.
People looking for used cars will favour those which hold good residual values, meaning those second-hand cars which retain a larger percentage of their original value after a period of three years. Some of the leading manufacturers who produce cars which are able to retain at least two thirds of their value after three years include Volkswagen, BMW, Audi and Mercedes.
Buying a used car from a reputable make which is less than five years old should be able to guarantee you a good, solid and reliable car, and providing you continue to look after it well, you will be able to maintain more of its original value when you come to sell it on.
Some of most popular small cars on the market today include the Renault Clio, Volkswagen Fox, Volkswagen Polo, Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Fiesta. All of these cars will retain their value well providing they are well looked after, so if you own one of these models and are thinking about selling, it’s well worth cashing in whilst resale values remain high.
SMA managing director Bob Anderson said: “The consumer is clearly in short supply and cost conscious, but stock shortages, especially in the small car sector are driving car values ever higher.
“In light of consumer behaviour, trade buyers are favouring prepared stock because they can get it to market faster and without any additional refurbishment costs, vital when margins are tight.
“To get this they are clearly prepared to travel. Buying right today, is increasingly about the all-inclusive cost to include preparation and with SMA that is very much available”.