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Used cars take 55 days to shift off the forecourts

The average used car on forecourts took 55 days to sell in June, according to Auto Trader figures. The online classified group also published data for the top 10 fastest selling cars in June which took on average 20.7 days to sell.

The national Top 10 included a Citroen C4 Picasso and Mercedes CLS which sold in 19 days in June while a Hyundai ix35 Estate, Vauxhall Insignia and Chevrolet took 20 days. (See table)

Auto Trader also published data for regional performances. The regional fastest seller leagues revealed the popularity of the Nissan Qashqai.

As well as taking top spots in the South West and Wales, the Sunderland-built model also made third position in London and fifth in its home territory, the North East.

On average cars in the top ten sold in just 16 days in London with the 2011 BMW 3 Series diesel manual taking just nine days to turn.

In the North East, cars in the top ten sold in just 15 days with the 2014 Ford Galaxy MPV diesel taking just 6 days to turn. In Scotland top ten cars turned, on average, in 18 days.

Vehicles like the Nissan Qashqai continue to demonstrate their value as a forecourt acquisition, but this month Autotrader have also seen less obvious cars like the Chrysler Ypsilon make it into the national top ten. What’s Autotrader found that was really interesting is the variation in speed-of-sale by different regions. In London, the North West and Scotland, cars in the top ten took an average of less than 20 days to sell. However, when looking at the East of England, Wales and the South West, Autotrader found that they took more than twice as long to leave forecourts: the average top ten model taking more than 40 days to turn.