Top 10 most in-demand used cars revealed


Motorway has announced the top 10 most in-demand used cars – showing which cars drew the most bids and attracted the most prices.

Retro models including the Fiat 500 and MINI Cooper continue to top the charts decades after they were first launched, while EVs also continue their popularity charge.

The Top 10 most bid for cars on Motorway over the summer:

  1. Fiat 500 Vintage 57, £5,605
  2. MINI Cooper S Electric Level 3, £30,300
  3. BMW i3 Range Extender, £18,669
  4. BMW 330D M Sport Auto, £16,435
  5. Porsche 911 Turbo S, £201,946
  6. BMW i3 Range Extender, £17,827
  7. Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR S-A, £26,392
  8. Volkswagen Golf GTE NAV, £17,149
  9. Hyundai Ioniq 5 Premium EV, £44,227
  10. MINI Cooper, £15,219

EVs pick up their pace 

Motorists are continuing to line up to get their hands on EVs, as four mid-to-high end EVs are included in the top 10. A MINI Cooper Electric from 2020 started a bidding frenzy on the platform, attracting a huge number of bids with a final offer of over £30k. While MINIs consistently attract a lot of attention, their electric models are a hot ticket right now and are being quickly snapped up. 

The BMW i3 is in similar demand, owing to its reputation for durability. Two models that sold over the summer created a real buzz at auction, resulting in a final offer of £18k. This growing demand for used EVs, particularly in more premium segments, shows no signs of slowing down. 

Nearly-new cars

It should come as no surprise that almost all the cars in the top 10 are both nearly new and low mileage. The continued shortage of supply in the nearly new segment stemming from new car supply constraints means that when young models do go up for sale, they create real excitement on the used-car marketplace. From a one-year-old Hyundai Ioniq 5 to a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI and a 2018 Mini Cooper, dealers battled it out to secure these cars for the best price.  

The car that received the most bids over summer was a Fiat 500 Vintage. This particular car attracted the most attention due to its full service history, great condition and low mileage relative to its age. 

Luxury cars in high demand

High-end cars are also attracting a lot of attention, similarly due to new car supply constraints. Savvy dealers are lining their forecourts with nearly-new luxury cars to meet this growing demand. In July, a Porsche 911 Turbo created a flurry of bids at auction, eventually going for over £200k. With barely 4,000 miles on the clock and on the road for just two years, this car was a dream buy. 

“The shortage of semiconductors and other car parts has caused manufacturers to delay bringing new cars to market, said Alex Buttle, co-founder of online used-car marketplace Motorway. Now, it’s not uncommon for wait times of one or even two years for new popular models, meaning car dealers are turning to the used-car market to find the high quality, low mileage cars they need to meet demand. If you own a sought-after car, especially if it’s a prestige or electric model, now could be a good time to sell for a great price.”

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