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Jon Mitchell Group Sales Director
Jon Mitchell

Fall in used EV prices helps boost sales and reduce stock levels

STOCK levels of used EVs came down in July to their lowest point in 2023 as demand from consumers for second hand zero emission cars continued to rise according to INDICATA’s latest used car insights report.

This was a positive response to used EV prices falling by 29% during 2023 which has reduced the major price premium drivers have been forced to pay for an EV to bring them more into line with equivalent petrol and diesel models.

This could be the tipping point the market needs where EV sales are steadily growing, and prices start to stabilise following many months of prices falling.

INDICATA’s Market Days’ Supply (MDS) figure, which measures the supply of stock divided by the current sales rate over the past 45 days, saw used EVs reduce to 52.7 days compared with 45.8 days for petrol, 44.5 days for diesel and 51.1 days for hybrids. To put this into perspective the MDS of EVs was as high as 168 days as recently as January 2023.

The data shows the MDS of used EVs and ICE cars is moving closer together with INDICATA reporting strong demand for used EVs across all age groups in July.

The sales mix of ex-fleet cars up to four years old, was split 21.5%/6.0% between hybrids and BEVs whilst diesel slipped to 18.1% and petrol rose to 54.4%. The used cars at sub-two two years of age, which are typically dealer part exchanges, saw diesel market share fall to just 9.4%, behind BEVs at 10.3%, hybrids at 32.7% and petrol at 47.4%.

“It seems the massive price fall in used EV values in the past 12 months is finally transferring into improved sales which is reducing stock to more manageable levels,” explained Jon Mitchell, INDICATA UK’s group sales director.

“While used EV volumes are still much smaller than ICE and hybrid cars these are positive signs that the used market is finding its price level which is good news for both fleets and dealers. There is still a lot of education to do before every driver considers a used EV, but these July trends are very encouraging,” he added.

Following Ford ending Fiesta production the car continues to head up INDICATA’s top-selling table followed by the Mercedes A Class and VW Golf. The fastest-selling used car table meanwhile was headed up by EVs with the Mercedes EQA in first place followed by the BMW i3 that is also no longer in production.

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