The number of used cars sold in March fell by 13.9 percent compared to the same period last year. This reversed growth in January and February and the total for the quarter is lower than in 2019.
In the first quarter of this year, 320,000 used passenger cars were sold in the Netherlands, a decrease of 0.8 percent compared to the same period a year earlier. That downturn is due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, BOVAG and information provider RDC report on Thursday.
In January and February, increases of 6.9 and 4.8 percent, respectively, were noted. Although car companies were still open in March, the influx of buyers fell sharply following government measures to combat the spread of the corona virus.
An “important part” of the used second-hand vehicles concerns vehicles from abroad. BOVAG and RDC do not give an exact number or share.
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