When compared to the new vehicle sales statistics, used car sales in South Africa for the month of October 2019 exhibit some strong parallels – but also some stark differences.
Whereas the Toyota Hilux was the top-selling new model by far (with a massive 4 377 sales), the top-selling used car model in the month of October was the Volkswagen Polo.
The data has been sourced from the AutoTrader’s Monthly Used Car Sales Data. As South Africa’s leading online vehicle marketplace, their sales statistics provide a definitive barometer into the buying patterns of South African motorists.
According to George Mienie, AutoTrader CEO, while there are indeed some differences between new and used car sales statistics, there are also some parallels.
"For instance, there are a number of cars that appear in the top 10 of both the new and used list. These are the Polo, Hilux, Ford Ranger and Polo Vivo. They are clearly popular and in demand amongst both new and used car buyers,” he reveals.
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So, which are the stars of the used car market?
“The Polo is followed by the Ford Ranger (second), Polo Vivo (third), Toyota Hilux (fourth), Mercedes-Benz C-Class (fifth), BMW 3 Series (sixth), Toyota Fortuner (seventh), Ford Fiesta (eighth), Volkswagen Golf (ninth) and Audi A3 (10th),” reveals Mienie.
There are also some substantial differences in the manufacturer performance stakes. “The top two positions in both new and used go to Toyota and Volkswagen. But Toyota is first in the new car market while Volkswagen rules the roost in used,” explains Mienie.
Ford clocks in third in both new and used sales. Fourth position when it comes to new goes to Nissan, with Hyundai in fifth place. “However, things are completely different in the used car market. BMW occupies fourth spot for the month of October, with Mercedes-Benz in fifth,” reveals Mienie.
An analysis of AutoTrader used car sales statistics also reveals some interesting other findings.
"The most sold used car varies per province, for instance. It’s the Polo in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape and the Free State. The Ford Ranger was the most sold used car in the Eastern Cape, North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. In the Northern Cape, the Hilux reigned supreme in October,” says Mienie.
The Fortuner was the most popular SUV in the used car market in October. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was the most popular coupé, the Polo was the most popular hatch, the Nissan NP200 was the most popular single cab, the BMW 3 Series was the most popular sedan and the Ranger was the most popular double cab within the used market in the month of October.
Wheels24's Janine Van der Post says: "It's always interesting to see the differences in new vehicle sales versus used in our local market. While the Toyota Hilux had a stellar month in October, the double cab Ranger bakkie far outsells its main rival when it comes to the used market. It's also far more popular in the smaller provinces, other than the Northern Cape which is ruled by the Hilux.