Annual Car Miles UK
many years, it has been generally accepted that the average mileage
for a used car is around 12,000-miles per year.
For many years, it has been generally
accepted that the average mileage for a used car is around 12,000-miles
Glass’s Market Intelligence Service has
now carried out analysis of over 200,000 used car sales during
the first five months of 2004 to see just how accurate this figure
is for different types of vehicle.
The results show some big deviations from the
perceived average. It is also clear that diesel cars still fit
the stereotype of covering more miles each year compared to their
cars (e.g. Renault Clio, Toyota Yaris, etc) Glass’s
found that the average annual mileage for one- to three-year-old
cars from this sector was 8,500 miles. Diesel cars from this sector
do not clock up the high mileages covered by larger diesel vehicles.
Glass’s analysis shows that the overall average annual mileage
for diesel variants was 10,100 miles.
cars (e.g. Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra, etc) One- to three-year-old
cars from this sector covered, on average, 11,200 miles each year.
This increased significantly for diesel variants, to 15,300 miles
cars (e.g. Toyota Avensis, Audi A4, etc) One- to three-year-old
upper-medium cars averaged 16,400 miles each year – the
highest of any car sector in the UK. This is not surprising given
that company fleets use this size of car quite extensively for
business purposes. The mileage of one-year-old examples was significantly
lower, at 11,400 miles. Upper-medium diesel variants cover the
highest annual mileage of all sectors, averaging 18,100 miles.
cars (e.g. Vauxhall Omega, BMW 5 Series, etc) The average
mileage for one- to three-year-old large cars was 15,900 miles.
The mileage of one-year-old examples was considerably lower, at
10,900 miles. Diesel mileage is again higher, at 17,100 per annum
for one- to three-year-olds, rising to 21,500 for three- to six-year
and convertibles (e.g. Mercedes-Benz CLK, Peugeot 307
CC, etc) The average annual mileage for one- to three-year-old
petrol and diesel cars from this sector was 11,600 miles.
(Renault Mégane Scenic, Ford Galaxy, etc) Grouping compact
and full-sized MPVs together, the average annual mileage for cars
up to three-years-old was 9,700 miles. One-year-old examples covered
an even lower average of 8,700 miles, while diesel versions across
the whole age range averaged 14,800 miles per annum.
(e.g. Honda HRV, Range Rover, etc) The average annual mileage
for vehicles in the 4x4 segment up to three-years-old was 12,400
miles, rising to 13,600 miles for diesel examples.
Year-on-year increases for the first three months of the year
have been followed by reductions in both April and May. In May,
registrations fell by 2.8 per cent when compared to the same month
in 2003, with a total of 194,480 units. In spite of two successive
months of decline, year to date, the new market is still 2.7 per
cent ahead, and now stands at 1,137,490 units sold.
The pressure on dealers to maintain a high level
of new sales is unrelenting and manufacturer incentives are testimony
The situation is little changed from last month with demand easing
back in line with seasonal expectations. Dealers have attempted
to stimulate demand with special events and these have been met
with mixed success. The situation this year is probably marginally
worse than this time last year.
Most dealers are expecting ‘more of the
same’ as the market drifts gently and quietly through the
summer months. Higher fuel prices have, so far, not had any tangible
effect on the prices of big engine cars but neither has there
been a more positive move towards more fuel-efficient diesels.
However, the trade has indicated that they will
be keeping a close eye on this situation in the coming weeks.
We also await the impact of another 0.25% rise in interest rates.
The betting is that the effect will only be marginally negative
in terms of consumer spending.