Sales of used diesel cars remain buoyant

Thu 25th Jan 2018

Analysts have revealed that there has been little change to sales of used diesel cars in the UK despite recent bad press and tax increases affecting the sale of new diesels.

Partly because of chancellor Philip Hammond’s controversial decision to slap a one-off tax increase on new diesel cars, sales in the sector slumped by 17 per cent in 2017 (compared to an overall market reduction of 5.6 per cent).

The decision promoted Jaguar Land Rover to label the move ‘the demonisation of diesel’ but recent figures have suggested ongoing confidence of diesels in the used car market which escape the one-off tax.

Earlier this month, the Auto Trader Retail Price index showed the price of second hand diesel cars actually rose in the last year confounding predictions of a slump in consumer confidence.

Meanwhile, many dealers are anecdotally reporting that used car customers are still drawn to the superior fuel economy and lower VED costs which older diesel vehicles offer.

Official figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) will be revealed next month.

Would-be diesel customers can avoid the new ‘diesel tax’ by purchasing any vehicle registered before April 2018. offers over a thousand used diesel models which can be purchased from the comfort of your home and delivered direct to your door anywhere in mainland Britain.