Used car market in the UK fell by 18.8% during the second quarter of 2022 despite a 57.1% increase in sales of battery electric vehicles (BEV).
The latest figures by the industry body Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that during the period under review, 1,759,684 transactions took place, which indicates 407,820 fewer transactions in comparison with the same period last year.
SMMT noted that the scale of this fall was artificially inflated in comparison with 2021, when the Covid restrictions were eased, and the ongoing semiconductors shortage also impacted the used car sales.
Fall was recorded in each month, with a decline of 16.8%, 20.9% and 18.6% in April, May and June, respectively. Therefore, the market is down 8.3% year to date compared to 2021, and 12.8% on pre-pandemic 2019.