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Dealers report best Christmas used car sales period for eight years

Dealers saw their most successful used car sales Christmas period for eight years, with strong footfall and demand, according to Aston Barclay.

Virtual auction on phone

A combination of mild weather, longer holidays and greater post-election consumer confidence saw many dealers report strong footfall and used car sales over the holiday period.

Aston Barclay has also reported strong sales through its ‘always on’ 24/7 e-Xchange digital used car sales platform, with £1.5m worth of used cars sold via the e timed auction online bidding solution between Christmas Eve and 2 January, thanks to dealers being able to buy stock 24-hours a day at a time when the used car industry is traditionally on holiday.

Meanwhile, a major leasing company sold 88 used cars out of 100 on 30 December in its second consecutive festive e-Live virtual sale, further underscoring how buyers and vendors are turning to digital solutions.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.