SALFORD SPLURGES ON SPORTS CARS OVER LOCKDOWN
Used car marketplace proves itself resilient, according to latest CarShop data
The UK’s largest used car retailer, CarShop, which has a store in Ashton-under-Lyne serving customers across Greater Manchester, has revealed the results of its latest consumer buying trends survey from June 1st to August 31st, 2020, following the business’ closure between March and April due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The data shows that the number of used sports cars bought during these three months across England and Wales has skyrocketed compared to the same period last year - with a staggering increase of 82%.
The motoring experts at CarShop found that Greater Manchester in particular, made up a considerable chunk of this total figure - having seen an increase of 185% more sports cars bought compared to last year’s total. This was second only to the West Midlands, which saw a 200% increase.
Sales of sports cars saw a large jump in Salford, as figures doubled that of last year’s. When ranked amongst the other Greater Manchester boroughs, Salford appeared second for the number of used sports cars bought - having been pipped to the post by Bury.
In Salford, people spent 18% more on used sports cars during this period than they did last year, with the average spend on this type of vehicle going from £10,843 in 2019, to £12,740 in 2020 and the most popular sporty cars in Salford were jointly, the Audi TT and Audi A3.
Paul Harnett, Head of Business at CarShop Manchester, said:
“The surge of sports car sales in Salford doesn’t surprise me - in these distressing times, people are looking for something positive, fun and exciting to distract them from the current climate. Holidays are on pause, weddings and large family gatherings are postponed, so people have treated themselves.”