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Used car prices rise 24% in a year, Auto Trader says

Inflated prices for second-hand vehicles have been highlighted in new data, as manufacturers continue to struggle to meet production demands of new cars. 

The average price of a used car last week was 23.9 per cent higher compared to the same week a year ago rising to £19,018 – the highest figure Auto Trader says it has recorded.

And it says 17 per cent of ‘nearly new’ second-hand models – those up to 12 months old – are now being advertised for above what they cost brand new.

Second-hand car values continue to surge: Auto Trader says the average price paid for a used vehicle last week was over £19,000

The report comes after This is Money and cap hpi revealed last week the year-old vehicles that are being sold on average for more than the new manufacturer list prices and which particular used models have risen most in value in the last six months.

The recent boom in used vehicle values is a result of unprecedented demand due to extended waiting times for new cars to be delivered. 

A shortage of semiconductor chips needed for the latest models means manufacturers simply can’t make them quickly enough, with some – including Jaguar Land Rover – quoting 12-month waiting periods for particular models. 

Auto Trader says the shortage of new cars has been the predominant factor that has sparked 76 consecutive weeks of average used car price growth.

It says ‘consumer demand’ for second-hand motors – based on searches and advert views on its website – is up 19 per cent compared to a year ago. 

The marketplace added: ‘This growth is reflected in the more than 14.8 million cross platform visits to Auto Trader, which marks a massive 32 per cent increase on the same week two years ago. 

‘There was also a 20 per cent rise in the hours (2.2 million) consumers spent researching their next car on its marketplace.’

The recent boom in used vehicle values is a result of unprecedented demand due to extended waiting times for new cars to be delivered

The recent boom in used vehicle values is a result of unprecedented demand due to extended waiting times for new cars to be delivered

The report says the very strong consumer demand in the market is also highlighted by the faster speed at which retailers are selling cars. 

Last week, it took an average of just 23 days for stock to leave forecourts, which is 17 per cent faster than the speed of sale recorded during April.  

Auto Trader says this means retailers are not having to lower their prices nearly as much as they usually do in order to shift vehicles.

Of the 2,218 retailers who made daily price adjustments last week (202 fewer than in the same period in 2019), the average was a reduction of just £96 – in the same week of 2019,  retailers were trimming prices by an average of £304 (68 per cent more). 

Auto Trader said that despite a recent fall in inflation increases it doesn’t expect to see used car price growth slowing anytime soon

Auto Trader said that despite a recent fall in inflation increases it doesn’t expect to see used car price growth slowing anytime soon

Almost one in five year-old cars advertised above new price 

Such is the massive acceleration in used car prices, almost one in five of ‘nearly new’ examples available in the market are currently more expensive than their brand-new equivalents. 

These are cars that are up to a year old and would have normally experienced sizeable depreciation – as is the case for most vehicles in the first 12 months. 

Such is demand that 17 per cent of these motors are now selling for prices above what they would cost brand new. 

That is a huge jump on the previous all-time high of 11 per cent recorded in August, and over four times as many than in January (4 per cent). 

Remarkably, 37 per cent of nearly new cars are currently priced within 5 per cent of their brand-new counterparts, up from 28 per cent in August and 13 per cent at the start of the year, says Auto Trader.

Last week, This is Money exclusively revealed the year-old used cars that are being sold for more than they are priced new

Last week, This is Money exclusively revealed the year-old used cars that are being sold for more than they are priced new

The 25 cars listed here all have average year-old used sale values higher than their new list price. This ranges from 3.7% to 19.4% over the manufacturer's brand new price. Source: Cap hpi data accurate up to end of September 2021

The 25 cars listed here all have average year-old used sale values higher than their new list price. This ranges from 3.7% to 19.4% over the manufacturer’s brand new price. Source: Cap hpi data accurate up to end of September 2021

Richard Walker, its data insights direction, said: ‘With so much attention focussed on inflation right now, there’s huge interest amongst economists on those components that are recording substantial price rises, not least used cars which have been a notable driver of recent UK inflation rates. 

‘With levels of used car price growth once again smashing previous records, there is a lot of speculation around how long this boom could last. 

‘Whilst inflation in itself does pose a potential risk to consumer demand, we don’t expect to see price growth slow anytime soon. 

‘This is based on the continued acceleration we’re tracking across the market – fuelled, in part, by increased levels of household savings, a positive sentiment shift towards car ownership, and the 1.5 million ‘lost’ transactions last year – coupled with the ongoing shortage in both new and used car supply.’

REVEALED: The second-hand cars that have risen in value most in the last 6 months   

Last week, This is Money and cap hpi listed the models that are currently seeing the biggest rise in value in the last six months – March to September.

The data is based on three-year-old vehicles with an average of 30,000 miles on the clock.

All cars listed have seen values increase by around 48 per cent and more, with some priced around 60 per cent higher than they were in March 2021.  

20. Vauxhall Astra (2015-2020)

Avg value Mar 21: £7,011

Avg value Sep 21: £10,364

Avg £ increase: £3,354

A three-year-old version of the previous-generation Astra has, on average, increased in value by more than £3,300 in the last six months, says cap hpi

A three-year-old version of the previous-generation Astra has, on average, increased in value by more than £3,300 in the last six months, says cap hpi

Vauxhall’s popular family hatchback creeps into the list of big movers over the last six months.

Used values for the previous-generation car have risen by almost 48 per cent, which means the average value of a three-year-old example with 30,000 miles on the clock is more than £3,300 higher than it was in March.

19. Skoda Yeti (2009-2017)

Avg value Mar 21: £10,691

Avg value Sep 21: £15,786

Avg £ increase: £5,095

The Yeti was discontinued by Skoda in 2017 to make way for the likes of the Kodiaq, Kamiq and Karoq, which are more traditional SUV models. However, Yeti residuals have always been strong

The Yeti was discontinued by Skoda in 2017 to make way for the likes of the Kodiaq, Kamiq and Karoq, which are more traditional SUV models. However, Yeti residuals have always been strong

The Yeti was discontinued in 2017, with Skoda switching its SUV range to a more typical design. That said, the Yeti’s quirky looks and practical layout means it has a strong fanbase, which has kept residual values high ever since production ended.

Cap hpi says a three-year-old model with average mileage has gone up in value by more than £5,000 in the last six months. 

18. Jaguar XF (2015- )

Avg value Mar 21: £14,504

Avg value Sep 21: £21,518

Avg £ increase: £7,014

If there is one car segment that tends to boast poor residual values it is luxury models, but the short supply of new XFs to market has pushed average second-hand prices 48% higher in the last six months - the equivalent of £7,000

If there is one car segment that tends to boast poor residual values it is luxury models, but the short supply of new XFs to market has pushed average second-hand prices 48% higher in the last six months – the equivalent of £7,000

Luxury models aren’t the cars that usually top lists for holding their value well. Expensive to begin with, they depreciate rather quickly.

However, Jaguar’s XF is the one motor to represent the executive-car category in this list, with average values of three-year-old examples rising by 48.2 per cent between March and September. That translates to an extra £7,000 in an owner’s pocket. 

17. Mini Cooper (2018- )

Avg value Mar 21: £10,948

Avg value Sep 21: £16,308

Avg £ increase: £5,360

Owners of Mini Coopers that are three years old and have 30,000 miles on the clock could benefit from the recent surge in used car values, cap hpi says

Owners of Mini Coopers that are three years old and have 30,000 miles on the clock could benefit from the recent surge in used car values, cap hpi says

The shortage of semiconductor chips is hitting UK car makers hard, including Mini’s Plant Oxford, which was forced to halt production earlier this year due to the lack of components.

It means build numbers of the current Mini Cooper are behind, which is forcing used values higher. Owners willing to sell today can expect to pocket £5,350 more than they would have done in March.

16. Ford Kuga (2012-2020)

Avg value Mar 21: £12,647

Avg value Sep 21: £18,796

Avg £ increase: £6,149

The previous-generation Ford Kuga is a practical and popular family SUV, which is helping to keep demand high

The previous-generation Ford Kuga is a practical and popular family SUV, which is helping to keep demand high

Ford recently introduced a new version of its Kuga SUV, with sleeker looks and the addition of a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

However, the previous-generation car, with its more traditional boxy dimensions and heaps of interior space, remains a popular choice among Britons. Those who already one will be pleased to hear the average value of a three-year-old example has risen by 48.8 per cent in the last half year. 

=14. Mini Cooper S (2018- )

Avg value Mar 21: £12,544

Avg value Sep 21: £18,731

Avg £ increase: £6,187

The Cooper S narrowly pips the Mini Cooper for an increase in used values in the last six months, with second-hand sale prices up almost 50%

The Cooper S narrowly pips the Mini Cooper for an increase in used values in the last six months, with second-hand sale prices up almost 50%

Mini’s answer to a hot hatchback, the Cooper S, is bettering the standard Cooper when it comes to increasing residual values in recent months.

Owners of this nippy motor would pocked an additional £6,187 if they sold now compared to six months ago, based on cap hpi’s data for three-year-old cars with 30,000 miles on the clock. 

=14. Kia Soul EV (2014-2019) 

Avg value Mar 21: £10,700

Avg value Sep 21: £16,000

Avg £ increase: £5,300

This Kia Soul EV is a good example of how rapidly electric cars are developing, with it offering less than half the range of the current car sold in showrooms. But drivers eager to get their hands on used EVs in 2021 has pushed the value 50% higher in six months

This Kia Soul EV is a good example of how rapidly electric cars are developing, with it offering less than half the range of the current car sold in showrooms. But drivers eager to get their hands on used EVs in 2021 has pushed the value 50% higher in six months

Cap hpi told us that few electric cars feature in this list because their used values are already so high. Yet the previous-generation Kia Soul EV clearly had some room for movement in 2021.

The average price of a three-year-old second-hand example with up to 30,000 zero-emission miles totted up has risen by almost 50 per cent in the previous six months. With an official range of 132 miles, it falls quite some way short of the current Soul EV (280 miles).

13. Nissan X-Trail (2015-2019)

Avg value Mar 21: £11,404

Avg value Sep 21: £17,067

Avg £ increase: £5,663

Three-year-old Nissan X-Trails have increased in value by almost 50% in the last six months, with owners able to reap the rewards of surging second-hand prices - granted they can find a replacement without having to pay over the odds

Three-year-old Nissan X-Trails have increased in value by almost 50% in the last six months, with owners able to reap the rewards of surging second-hand prices – granted they can find a replacement without having to pay over the odds

With demand for big SUVs going strong, the Nissan X-Trail is one model that is seeing second-hand values rise this year.

Owners could sell a three-year-old X-Trail with 30,000 miles for £5,650 more than they would have done back in March, with average values for these off-roaders rising 49.6 per cent. 

12. Nissan Qashqai (2018-2021)

Avg value Mar 21: £11,929

Avg value Sep 21: £17,901

Avg £ increase: £5,973

If there is one car there are plenty of on our roads it's the Qashqai, with it being the best-selling SUV for well over a decade. Yet despite such levels of availability, used examples of the previous-generation model are going up in value

If there is one car there are plenty of on our roads it’s the Qashqai, with it being the best-selling SUV for well over a decade. Yet despite such levels of availability, used examples of the previous-generation model are going up in value

The Nissan Qashqai has been the most popular SUV in the UK ever since it first hit the market in the mid-2000s. Despite there being plenty on the road – and a new model hitting showrooms this year – values of second-hand examples are going up.

A three-year-old Qashqai with 30,000 miles tallied up in that time has risen in value over the last six months – on average – from £12,000 to almost £18,000.

11. Renault Kadjar (2015-2019)

Avg value Mar 21: £9,643

Avg value Sep 21: £14,502

Avg £ increase: £4,859

The Renault Kadjar has marginally outperformed its sister car - the Nissan Qashqai - for percentage used value increases, though the latter still commands a higher price

The Renault Kadjar has marginally outperformed its sister car – the Nissan Qashqai – for percentage used value increases, though the latter still commands a higher price

The Kadjar and Nissan Qashqai are mechanically very similar, sharing the same platform and engines as part of the partnership between Renault and its Japanese sister brand. 

It’s not much of a coincidence to see values for the French compact SUV rising at a similar rate to the Qashqai, with there clearly being appeal for second-hand motors of this type. This has pushed used Kadjar prices higher by 50.4 per cent in the last six months, based on three-year-old examples. 

10. Peugeot Partner Tepee (2008-2018)

Avg value Mar 21: £8,125

Avg value Sep 21: £12,320

Avg £ increase: £4,195

A great choice for families but also a popular car for those using the Motability scheme and need a vehicle that can provide wheelchair access

A great choice for families but also a popular car for those using the Motability scheme and need a vehicle that can provide wheelchair access

A good option for those with small families and also a very popular model via the Motability schemes, with the van-turned-mini-MPV capable of taking wheelchairs with some adaptation. 

Diesel variants have seen a boom in value in recent months, with a three-year-old Partner Tepee worth just over £8,000 in March and now selling for over £12,000. 

9. Volvo V40 (2012-2019)

Avg value Mar 21: £10,445

Avg value Sep 21: £15,879

Avg £ increase: £5,434

Volvo no longer builds the V40 - or any conventional hatchback. Market data shows that used values have risen by 52% in the last six months

Volvo no longer builds the V40 – or any conventional hatchback. Market data shows that used values have risen by 52% in the last six months

Volvo might have binned its V40 a couple of years ago, essentially replacing it with the compact XC40 SUV, but it’s still an accomplished motor for anyone in the market for a traditional family hatchback.

Owners who bought one new three years ago and driven around 30,000 miles will be pleased to hear values have climbed by 52 per cent in the last six month, adding over £5,000 in monetary terms.

8. Toyota Prius Hybrid (2015-2019)

Avg value Mar 21: £11,586

Avg value Sep 21: £17,759

Avg £ increase: £6,173

The Prius is the original green car, and buyers still want them today - both new and used. Second-hand examples that are three years old have risen in value by 53.3% since March, says cap hpi

The Prius is the original green car, and buyers still want them today – both new and used. Second-hand examples that are three years old have risen in value by 53.3% since March, says cap hpi

The original poster car for greener motoring, the Prius is still going strong today. Those living in cities will know that the hybrid Toyota remains the top choice for ride hailing firms, with the car providing good reliability and low running costs in urban areas.

It’s the conventional hybrid that we’re focussing on here (not the plug-in hybrid), with cap hpi saying the value of a three-year-old used example with 30,000 miles racked up has grown from just under £11,600 in March 2021 to a fraction under £17,800 by September.

7. Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (2016-2020) 

Avg value Mar 21: £10,335

Avg value Sep 21: £15,860

Avg £ increase: £5,525

A used Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid's value has increased by around 53% in the last six months, with owners of three-year-old examples able to sell for over £15,000 today

A used Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid’s value has increased by around 53% in the last six months, with owners of three-year-old examples able to sell for over £15,000 today

Another used hybrid soaring in value is Hyundai’s Ioniq, which, like the Toyota Prius, is a large family car boasting eco credentials for those who live in built-up areas.

With more drivers considering alternative fuel vehicles, the Ioniq has seen a huge surge in value in the last six months. In March, you should have expected to pay around £10,000 for a good second-hand example from 2018 with 30,000 miles on the clock. In September, used prices rose to £15,680 – a 53.5 per cent increase. 

6. Ford Galaxy (2015-2020)

Avg value Mar 21: £13,825

Avg value Sep 21: £21,249

Avg £ increase: £7,424

A three-year-old Ford Galaxy can sell today for over £21,000, which is almost £7,500 more than second-hand prices commanded in March

A three-year-old Ford Galaxy can sell today for over £21,000, which is almost £7,500 more than second-hand prices commanded in March

If you drive a Ford Galaxy – especially a black one – you’ve likely been mistaken for an Addison Lee employee a few times. But it is the owners of Ford’s big MPV that are getting the last laugh in terms of used values.

A three-year-old diesel Galaxy with 30,000 miles on the clock is worth 54 per cent more today that it was six months ago, such is the demand for big, family-transporting, motors. 

5. Vauxhall Mokka (2012-2020)

Avg value Mar 21: £8,397

Avg value Sep 21: £12,940

Avg £ increase: £4,542

The first-generation Vauxhall Mokka is no longer produced, but demand for used examples is high. The average second-hand sale price for a three-year-old car is 54% higher than it was six months ago

The first-generation Vauxhall Mokka is no longer produced, but demand for used examples is high. The average second-hand sale price for a three-year-old car is 54% higher than it was six months ago

There’s a new Mokka in Vauxhall showrooms today, and – in our opinion – its daring looks are far more attractive than this relatively mundane first attempt. Yet there is growing demand for the brand’s initial attempt at a compact SUV on the used market.

Cap hpi data shows that a three-year-old Mokka with average mileage has gone up in value by 54 per cent in the last half year – meaning owners could make £4,500 more selling today than if they offloaded in March. 

4. Vauxhall Combo Life (2018- )

Avg value Mar 21: £8,100

Avg value Sep 21: £12,610

Avg £ increase: £4,510

Like the Peugeot Partner Tepee, the Vauxhall Combo Life is a van-inspired MPV that's also a capable Motability option. Values of used cars are up by 56%, says cap hpi

Like the Peugeot Partner Tepee, the Vauxhall Combo Life is a van-inspired MPV that’s also a capable Motability option. Values of used cars are up by 56%, says cap hpi

Another used Vauxhall gaining in value in the last half a year is the Combo Life – the brand’s answer to a van-shaped MPV that is mechanically identical to its commercial vehicle.

Values for three-year-old examples are up almost 56 per cent in six months. It means an owner selling today would make £4,500 more on average than if they did in March. 

3. Mercedes-Benz V-Class (2014-2019) 

Avg value Mar 21: £25,183

Avg value Sep 21: £39,583

Avg £ increase: £14,400

A used Mercedes-Benz V-Class is risen in value by £14,400 on average in the last six months, says cap hpi

A used Mercedes-Benz V-Class is risen in value by £14,400 on average in the last six months, says cap hpi

From a compact MPV to one of the biggest on the market – the V-Class is based on Mercedes’ Vito commercial vehicle, offering seating for up to seven with ample space for luggage in the boot.

Residual values are always high, given the small production outputs and the fact many are bought up by taxi businesses. Yet those who own a V-Class and are willing to sell could make £14,400 more than they would have done in March, with average values of three-year-old examples up 57 per cent.

2. Vauxhall Zafira (2012-2018)

Avg value Mar 21: £8,547

Avg value Sep 21: £13,495

Avg £ increase: £4,949

Cap hpi says it is 'really hard to comprehend' that a three-year-old Vauxhall Zafira could increase in value by 58% in six month, but that is the case for the previous six months

Cap hpi says it is ‘really hard to comprehend’ that a three-year-old Vauxhall Zafira could increase in value by 58% in six month, but that is the case for the previous six months

Even cap hpi says it is ‘really hard to comprehend’ that a used Vauxhall Zafira has gone up in value by as much as they have, but that’s the sizable impact the semiconductor chip shortage is having on the wider motor market today.

A three-year-old Zafira would have sold for just over £8,500 around March, but a near-58 per cent rise in value since means some car buyers are paying up to £13,500 for a used one.

1. Toyota Auris Hybrid (2012-2019)

Avg value Mar 21: £9,685

Avg value Sep 21: £15,492

Avg £ increase: £5,808

Toyota's Auris Hybrid is the biggest value riser of all used cars in the UK right now. Second-hand prices are up 60%, according to cap hpi's data

Toyota’s Auris Hybrid is the biggest value riser of all used cars in the UK right now. Second-hand prices are up 60%, according to cap hpi’s data

The biggest used-car value riser in the last six months is Toyota’s Auris. It has since been replaced by the Corolla – which is built in Burnaston, but demand for second-hand hybrid versions of the green family hatch have gone sky high. 

Prices being paid for three-year-old versions with 30,000 miles clocked up are up 60 per cent in the last half year, pushing average values from just over £9,600 in March to nearly £15,500 last month. 

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