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June UK new car sales show smallest decrease in four months

With a 34.9% decrease in June, the figures suggest a slight uplift of the British new car market

The yearly new car registrations in the UK decreased by 34.9% in June – the smallest drop experienced since February, as reported by Reuters. This coincided with car showrooms reopening across the UK in the same month.

There were a total of 145, 377 new UK car registrations in June 2020, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on 6 July 2020.

While this is a significant build upon the 89% decrease experienced in May, this is in stark contrast to the year-to-date figures, which decreased by 48.5%. 

There were only 653,502 new cars on UK roads in the first half of the year – the last time numbers were this low was in 1971. In comparison, there were 1,269,245 new cars when looking at the 2019 year-to-date figures. 

In England, it was possible for car showrooms to reopen on 1 June, shortly followed by Northern Ireland, where car showrooms were expected to reopen from 8 June. 

The rest of the UK saw a delay in the easing of coronavirus-related restrictions: Welsh dealerships were allowed to reopen on 22 June, while Scottish dealers were able to reopen on 29 June.

Interestingly, insurance startup Cuvva experienced a 76% increase between April 2020 and May 2020 from customers using it to either test drive a car or drive a recently bought car home.

Scarlett Cook
Scarlett Cook

Scarlett writes about a wide range of topics on the site, from business security to digital marketing and EPOS systems. She can also be found writing about diversity and sustainability in business, as well as managing the Just Started profiles.