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Used car orders fall by 5% in Q1, enquiries down 6%

The used car market saw a decline in demand in the first quarter according to new research

Used cars enquiries fell by 6% and orders fell by 5% compared to the first quarter of 2017, according to lead management group Dealerweb.

The general downward trend was offset slightly by the continued growth in online enquiry volumes.

Dealers saw a year-on-year increase of 11% in web and email leads for new and used vehicles during the first quarter of 2018.

Sales enquiries for new and used cars combined fell by 5%, year-on-year, during the first quarter of 2018.

Orders for new and used cars recorded by UK dealers are also down, by 4% year-on-year, compared to 2017.

Dealerweb analysis suggests the total number of new car orders fell by 3% in the first quarter.

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