Edinburgh is the best place in Britain to buy a used car, with Paisley, Stirling, Aberdeen and Glasgow also featuring in the AA Car’s top ten.
The AA’s analysis was based on a combination of price, age and mileage. The average price of a used car in Edinburgh for example was £11,223, average age was 4.2 years and average mileage was 24,946.
The overall top five places were:
The research also found that diesel cars’ share of the used car market had fallen substantially in some towns and cities. Edinburgh and Derby saw the biggest fall in diesel car availability at 16.9% each, followed by London at 13.1%.
“Our snapshot of the used car industry shows there is some regional variation when it comes to finding a used vehicle, and there are some areas of Britain where drivers can get added value out of their purchase,” James Fairclough, AA Cars’ Chief Executive, said. “Travelling a few extra miles to buy a car can be particularly beneficial for making savings or finding less widely-available models.
Commenting on the decline in diesel stock around the country, he said it “mirrors a pattern across the industry. Increased sales of electric and alternatively fuelled vehicles show growing concern for the environment and the negative perception of diesel. The introduction of the ULEZ in London, and other air quality schemes across other major cities, is also contributing to drivers abandoning diesel in favour of greener fuel types.”