Harlow sees sharpest decline in sale of diesel cars in UK
General / Tue 15th Feb 2022 am28 09:00am
THE supply of used diesel cars is dwindling in parts of the UK, with diesels’ market share falling by as much as 40% in a year in some areas, analysis by AA Cars, the AA’s used car website, has revealed.
The diesel decline is sharpest in Harlow. Nearly half (47.8%) of the used cars listed for sale there in 2020 were diesels. But this proportion shrank to 28.8% in 2021 — a decline of 40%.
Diesels’ market share is smallest in Northampton. Diesel vehicles made up barely a quarter (27.7%) of the town’s used car market in 2021, falling from 42.8% in 2020 — the second biggest decline in the past year.
Diesel cars have become steadily less popular following the introduction of Clean Air Zones and additional taxation for high-polluting vehicles. In 2021 diesels accounted for just 8.2% of new car sales, with their market share halving compared to its 2020 level.
Sales of new diesel and petrol cars will be banned from 2030, and some drivers have already begun shifting to greener vehicles.
While the numbers of Electric Vehicles (EVs) coming onto the second-hand market are still relatively low, they are rising fast amid strong demand. Official data shows sales of used EVs rose by 56.4% in the third quarter of last year.
Searches for EVs on the AA Cars platform have been growing steadily year after year, increasing 47 times(4,623%) since 2015.
The fall in the proportion of used diesels for sale coincides with drivers’ waning appetite for diesel.
The share of searches for diesel cars on the AA Cars site fell by 8.7% in 2021 compared to the previous year, and by 53.5% compared to five years ago. In 2016, diesel was a more popular fuel type than petrol.
My cousin is a car expert and he says diesels have crap gearboxes.