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Used car sales down 3.3% for opening two months of 2019

110,000 used cars sold in January and February, compared with 113,150 for the same time period last year.

  1. 109,507 used cars sold in Ireland during January and February

  2. Volkswagen the most popular new and used car brand in 2019

  3. The Ford Focus is the best-selling used car model of 2019

  4. Diesel’s market share is down 8% year-on-year

The number of used cars being sold in the country is down 3.3% year-on-year, according to new research from DoneDeal.

A total of 109,507 used cars traded hands over the first two months of 2019, compared with 113,167 a year earlier.

Volkswagen is the most popular new and used car make of 2019, with a total of 14,599 Volkswagen’s changing hands in the used car market.  Toyota was next best with 13,447 used car sales.

Meanwhile, in the new car market, Volkswagen also leads the way with 5,299 sales so far this year, Hyundai is second with 5,242 191 units rolling off the nation’s forecourts.

The Ford Focus is the most popular used car of 2019, closely followed by the Volkswagen Golf and Volkswagen Passat. The Hyundai Tucson remains for the second month running as the most popular new car of 2019, with 1,897 sales to date.

DoneDeal have also released “Manufacturer Approved” car ads on site this month. The new feature allows users to easily identify a car that has undergone extensive testing in line with the Manufacturer’s guidelines. Users can also benefit from extended warranties, roadside assist and much more.

Martin Clancy from DoneDeal said: “Volkswagen leads the way with a combined total of nearly 20,000 new and used units sold in the opening two months of 2019. One of the most interesting pieces of data to emerge is the clear move away from Diesel. While Diesel continues to be the most popular fuel type the market share for Diesel has decreased by 8% year-on-year while Petrol has grown its market share by over 3.5% with the Hybrid and Electric also recording strong gains.”

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