Ford, Vauxhall, Rover and Peugeot constituted 80% of sales in the north, compared to just 58% in the south. In the south, 6% of vehicles cost more than £20,000, compared to just 0.6% in the north, and 7% of southern cars were either BMWs or Mercedes, compared to just 2% in the north. The south also chooses bigger engine sizes, with 40% of vehicles powered by engines in the 2000cc plus category, compared to 28% in the north.
Cars are also newer in the south, with 35% P registered, compared to 25% in the north, which also drives its cars further - 98% replaced between 60,000 and 90,000 miles, compared to 75% in the south. However, 60% of northern cars will be replaced after 36 months, compared to just 19% just of southern cars - a reflection perhaps of the higher mileages northern drivers cover - with 60% of southern drivers having to wait another year before getting behind the wheel of a new car.