|In the second of a regular series of data insight reports, My Car Check data has shown that electric (including hybrid) cars are significantly more likely to have outstanding finance warnings than diesel or petrol cars.
A higher occurrence of outstanding finance warnings is most likely due to the relatively young age of the most popular electric cars searched, as many will still be under their original finance agreement due to the battery normally being leased separately to the car. However, that doesn’t reduce the risk or importance of checking these vehicles thoroughly.
In addition, due to similar causes and , electric & hybrid cars are significantly higher in value compared to diesel and petrol cars. Diesel cars have a higher value to to them having a stronger residual value compared to their petrol equivalent.
• Petrol cars are more likely to have a warning than diesel or electric cars – 50% vs 48% & 46% respectively.
• The most frequent warning is a plate transfer, though write-offs and outstanding finance warnings are in significant numbers.
• Petrol & electric vehicles are most likely to be written off (both 33% vs 27% for diesel) and electric cars are most likely to have outstanding finance (25% vs 19% for diesel and 13% for petrol).
• Electric cars have a higher average value than diesel or petrol cars – £10,220 vs £8,921 & £6,590 respectively.
• The same four manufacturers (Ford, Volkswagen, Vauxhall and BMW) dominate both diesel and petrol cars searched, however only Vauxhall appears in the electric section. This is dominated by east-Asian giants Toyota, Lexus and Honda.
• The Toyota Prius dominates the most popular electric cars, taking all top five places. The most popular model overall is the Ford Fiesta Zetec, which is the most popular petrol car. The Volkswagen Golf GT TDI is the most popular diesel car.
• Across all fuel types, 5 door hatchbacks is the most popular body style and the only other body style also appearing in all fuel types is the 4 door saloon.
• Black and grey are the most popular colours searched across fuel types, with blue not far behind.
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