Used car prices fall in February

  • What Car?’s monthly used car analysis
  • Value changes by sector, age and fuel type
  • Retained values assessed
Superminis represent the best used buys according to What Car? figures
Superminis represent the best used buys according to What Car? figures
Used car prices fell by 0.1% in February, when compared with figures from January, according to What Car? used car valuation figures.

Of all sectors, superminis represented the best bargains for buyers, with a drop of 0.7% in price, while cabriolets made the biggest gains with a rise of 0.9%.

Average prices for petrol models fell 0.1%, while diesel versions dropped by 0.2%.

Across all used cars, one-year-old models fell in price by 1.6% against February 2012 figures, while three-year-old cars dropped by an average 0.5%. Five-year-old models bucked the trend, with a 1.5% increase in average value.

Retained values for one-year-old models were up by an average of 0.2% at 69.1%, while three-year-old cars were unchanged at 52.3%. Five-year-old models increased their retained value by 0.2% to 37.6%.

4x4s were worth the most after one year, with an average of 78.2%, while MPVs retained the least value with an average of 63.4%.

After three years, 4x4s remained the highest in value at 60.7%, but luxury cars were at the bottom of the list with just 44.1% average retained value.

What Car? Used Car Valuations

Great-value used buys based on What Car? figures:

Best buys – superminis
Ford Fiesta 1.25 Zetec 5dr
'09/09, 35,000 miles, £5975
Diesel Trader

Bargain 1-year-old nearly new models – down 1.6% compared with February 2012
Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer 2.0 CDTi 160 Elite Nav Auto
'12/12, 15,000 miles, £16,499 (Saving more £15,000 off list price)

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By Rory White

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