Used car sales three-year low

Used car imports at Ports of Auckland

April was the worst month since February 2015 for registrations of used imported cars in New Zealand.

There were 10,893 units sold last month to bring the year-to-date total to 48,501. This was down by seven per cent compared to the same time last year. There were 12,507 registrations in last April to take 2017’s total to 52,174.

Sales across many of the country’s regions dropped in April when compared to the same month of last year. These were led by Whangarei with a 30.9 per cent decrease to 226 units. New Plymouth was down by 24.2 per cent to 150 while Auckland dropped by 16.1 per cent to 5,148.

On the flipside, registrations in Thames climbed by 30.1 per cent to 108 last month. They rose by 10.8 per cent in Wanganui to 72 and nine per cent in Gisborne to 73 units.

The top five marques in April for registrations of used imported passenger vehicles were Toyota on 2,644, Nissan with 1,970, Mazda on 1,760, Honda with 1,053 and Subaru on 623.

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