Volkswagen Touareg is part-exchange superstar thanks to flying off used-car forecourts

Data provided by experts at Glass’s industry analysts has revealed the fastest and slowest selling used cars in the UK.

If you’re lucky enough to have a desirable car when you come to sell it, you’ll find it walks off the showroom floor but if its a more obscure model you might have to wait a while for it to sell.

This still has ramifications if you’re not selling and instead taking the easier option of part-exchanging your car. Dealers know which cars they can sell easily and which are likely to linger like a bad smell, so will offer more money for a desirable car and will offer less for one they think will be difficult to shift.

According to the January 2015 Glass’s report, the stand-out superstar of the used car market is the Volkswagen Touareg which was singled out as the fastest-selling used model, spending the least time on a dealer forecourt or on an online advert before being snapped up. So if you have a Touareg and are thinking of selling, there’s never been a better time because dealers will break down your garage door to get it from you – relatively speaking.

The Vauxhall Mokka also features on the fastest selling used cars list

Following the Touareg are the Vauxhall Mokka, Chevrolet Orlando, Skoda Yeti and the Toyota Prius. This suggests that buyers are particularly keen on good quality family cars right now and, as a result, many equivalent vehicles will probably sell fairly easily.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Vauxhall Cascada convertible was the slowest used car to sell. This is a shame for the marque because it put a lot of effort into rivalling the Audi A5 with its classy drop-top but, for UK buyers, the attractive styling can’t overcome the non-premium badge. Summer may bring faster sales for the Cascada as the weather improves.

Completing the list of slowest sellers are the Kia Optima, Seat Toledo, Renault Scenic and Suzuki S-Cross. All of these come from less-mainstream manufacturers and, in the case of the Optima and Toledo, occupy segments they don’t traditionally lead – partially explaining the slow sales.

The SEAT Toledo hasn’t caught the imagination of UK buyers

Time for a change?

If your car is among the fastest sellers then now may be the perfect time to consider changing it because dealers have never been happier to take your old car off your hands. Head over to our car configurator to see how much you could save on your next car then check out our list of the best and worst selling new cars.

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