Used Car Buyers Queue up for Quality

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Autoquake.com, the UK's largest online used car retailer, has revealed BMW is the nation's most sought after used car brand.

In the 'second chance' section of the website, visitors to Autoquake.com can register their interest in a used car which has already been reserved by another buyer, in case it becomes available again. A staggering 220 potential buyers asked to be emailed if one BMW 318i came back on the market, more than any other model.

The website also has a 'coming soon' page, where shoppers can ask for email alerts on cars which will shortly be in stock. Again, BMW tops the charts. One particular used BMW 118d M Sport had a queue of 145 buyers waiting before it was even on sale.

Plenty of other prestige cars have attracted lots of interest, and not just those with a BMW badge. 108 car buyers asked to be contacted if one Range Rover came back on the market. 95 buyers requested an email if a reserved Volvo XC90 became available again.

Quality mainstream cars are also popular with Autoquake.com visitors. An amazing 180 buyers waited to find out if a Vauxhall Zafira 1.8i buyer changed their mind. Almost 140 shoppers asked to be told if a Mazda 5 2.0D became available again.

Fredrik Skantze, Autoquake.com's CMO and co-founder, said: 'There's a shortage of quality used cars at the moment, so it's no wonder buyers are queuing up to buy the most popular models.

'At Autoquake.com there's a constantly changing stock of nearly 1000 cars, so if we don't have the car a buyer is looking for right now, there's a good chance we will soon.'

Top 10 'second chance' cars

    Make and model                Age/mileage        Price        Sign ups
1.    BMW 318i SE 4dr                53-plate/82,326 miles    £4763        220
2.    Vauxhall Zafira 1.8i Club             56-plate/18,239 miles    £6813        180
3.    Mazda 5 2.0D Sport                 07-plate/38,741 miles    £10,842        138
4.    BMW 520d M Sport 4dr            06-plate/94,818 miles    £12,687        120
5.    Range Rover Sport 2.7 TDV6 SE 5dr auto    06-plate/28,193 miles    £22,750        108
6.=    BMW 520d SE 4dr                06-plate/82,045 miles    £13,875        104
6.=    VW Passat 2.0 Sport 4dr            06-plate/27,257 miles    £9425        104
8.    Volvo XC90 D5 S auto            05-plate/49,056 miles    £13,875        95
9.    VW Passat 2.0 TDI SE 4dr        06-plate/28,800 miles    £8650        85
10.    Toyota Avensis 1.8 T4 5dr        06-plate/87,626 miles    £4532        84

Top 10 'coming soon' cars

    Make and model                Age/mileage        Price        Sign ups
1.    BMW 118d M Sport 5dr            06-plate/54,300 miles    £11,997        145
2.    V'hall Vectra 1.9 CDTi SRi        55-plate/53,401 miles    £5931        102
3.=    BMW 330Cd Sport                04-plate/75,837 miles    £10,799        54
3.=    Mazda 5 2.0D Sport                    06-plate/20,749 miles    £9858        54
5.    L-R Freelander TD4 GS            07-plate/56,589 miles    £14,195        46
6.    Mercedes-Benz A140 Classic    03-plate/6580 miles            £4868        45
7.    BMW 320i Sport 4dr            54-plate/37,359 miles    £8797        36
8.    L-R Range Rover 2.7 TDV6 HSE    06-plate/51,526 miles    £24,875        33
9.    Audi A6 2.0 TDI SE 4dr            08-plate/45,965 miles    £14,033        31
10.    Volvo S40 1.6D SE 4dr            05-plate/85,729 miles    £5146        28

Autoquake.com is the UK's largest online car retailer. Founded in 2005 with the goal to provide a better used car buying experience, Autoquake.com currently helps around 1000 buyers a month.

Cars for sale in Autoquake.com's virtual showroom are displayed with descriptions including 40 high quality digital pictures. All cars go through a 141 point inspection and come with a 100% money back guarantee. Car finance, warranty, insurance and delivery are supplementary options that buyers can benefit from.

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