Shortage of used RHD cars forces dealers to buy LHD

With the unprecedented shortage of secondhand cars in the UK market and the resulting hype in prices, some wily dealers are buying LHD cars to supplement their low stocks.

One frustrated dealer from London said that he had never known the market like it in all his 25 years of trading.

Another concerned trader said that he needed a minimum of 12 vehicles on his forecourt to survive and currently only has 8.

He was seriously considering buying in a couple of LHD cars as stock to see how well they sold and if this proved successful then he would try more.

BCA are reporting buoyant sales, with many second hand cars achieving 10% and more than they would have been at the beginning of 2009 as vehicle prices appreciate rather than depreciate, something not seen in the used car market since the end of the Second World War.