2009 used car sales volumes lowest in a decade
In terms of age, the 0-3 year old cars suffered the most, with sales dropping by 15.4% when compared with Q4 2008, due to the boost in new car sales from the scrappage scheme, Experian claimed.
Cars over nine years old were the only age group to see any form of increase, albeit a marginal 0.4% improvement on Q4 2008 figures.
Looking at sales by fuel type, Experian says that the alternative fuel market is bucking the trend by seeing sales almost double in 2009, with hybrid models becoming increasingly popular.
Although the majority of used cars being sold are still petrol run, it is the only fuel type to see a drop in sales during 2009 as a whole, with an 8.7 per cent fall compared to 2008.