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Tesla Model 3 tops Aston Barclay’s used car desirability index

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Aston Barclay has named the Tesla Model 3 as the most desirable used car and electric vehicle (EV) of 2021.

The popular model appeared in the remarketing firm’s top 10 desirability index on seven occasions: more than any other model.

This was backed up figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) for 2021, which saw it top the best-selling new EVs list by selling one third more cars than its nearest competitor, the Kia e-Niro. It was the second best-selling new car overall, behind the Vauxhall Corsa, and the best-selling car in December – accounting for 9% of all new car sales in the month.

Martin Potter, managing director - customer of Aston Barclay, said: “Our monthly used car desirability index takes into consideration three key metrics, web views prior to sale, number of physical and online bids per sale, and the sale price achieved as a percentage of CAP average.

“Every time a Tesla Model 3 has gone under the hammer we have seen it perform strongly against all three of those criteria.

“In recent months we have seen some cars at between 12-18 months make close to or above retail money. Combined with its consistent new car sales performance we believe the Tesla 3 has got to be the most influential EV in 2021.”

Aston Barclay has seen a consistent rise in the desirability of used EVs during 2021, with the Hyundai Ioniq being the first ever EV to top its desirability index in September. In Aston Barclay’s latest used car insights report it also saw prices of EVs rise by 15.7% in Q4 (£3,529) to £25,883 which reinforcing their increased desirability across the used market.


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