South Africa’s most popular secondhand cars

Meet South Africa’s most popular secondhand cars. Picture: Adobestock.

TOP 10 used cars in South Africa 2023

The locally produced Ford Ranger dominated the list of top 10 used cars in South Africa in 2023. Here’s how the rest stacked up.

South Africa’s most popular secondhand cars

Meet South Africa’s most popular secondhand cars. Picture: Adobestock.

Using AutoTrader’s sales data for last year, we can now definitely state which were the top 10 used cars in South Africa in 2023. That’s right; with the new-car market receding over the same period, consumers are turned to used cars more than ever in 2023.

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You could say the foot has not come off the gas in the used car market. In 2023, the number of used cars sold rose by 4.6% year-on-year. Overall, 367 075 used cars were sold at an average selling price of R399 163, says AutoTrader.

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Additionally, the sale of 17 000-more units in 2023, and increased average selling price, helped drive up the total value of used-cars sold by 7.7% year-on-year. Therefore, amounting to a whopping R146.5 billion. As a result, this means 2023’s figures outperformed the previous year’s by nearly R10.5 billion.


Toyota Hilux GR Sport
Toyota Australia showed off its Hilux GR Sport model. Image: Toyota

Toyota continued to fuel car shoppers’ passions in 2023, selling the most cars (60 296). Like it did in 2022, the Japanese manufacturer led the way, with Volkswagen and Ford in their slipstream. BMW and Mercedes-Benz made up the top five.

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“Suzuki was the star of the brand used sales growth show posting the biggest year-on-year growth of 28.8%. KIA, too, showed impressive growth of 16.6%,” said AutoTrader CEO George Mienie.


Ford Ranger Wildtrak X drifting in dirt
First Ranger 2.0L Bi-Turbo. Image: Ford SA

Mirroring 2022, the top 10 used cars in South Africa in 2023 were: Ford Ranger in first place with 20 156 sold, followed by the Toyota Hilux, VW Polo, VW Polo Vivo and Toyota Fortuner. Interestingly, in 2022, the Ranger bakkie managed to clinch a narrow win over its Japanese rival.

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However, in 2023, the Ranger widened the used-car sales gap by 15.96%. The model with the highest sales growth was the KIA Picanto. The brilliant Korean supermini posted an impressive 18% sales growth.


VW Polo LIfe
VW Polo 1.0 TSI Life manual. Image: Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen’s Polo 1.0 TSI bagged the top variant sales crown, retailing 9 318 units ahead of sibling VW Polo Vivo 1.4. Next, a trio of bakkies in the form of the Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6, Ford Ranger XL and Toyota Hilux 2.4GD-6. Adventure SUV, the Jeep Wrangler Sahara, made a good showing in sixth position with 3 007 sales.

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RankModelUnits SoldAverage PriceAverage MileageAverage MY
1.Ford Ranger20 156R444 02086 206 km2019
2.Toyota Hilux17 555R453 621104 125 km2018
3.Volkswagen Polo16 140R263 12065 495 km2019
4.Volkswagen Polo Vivo10 990R192 98963 236 km2019
5.Toyota Fortuner9 169R461 943103 691 km2018
6.Mercedes-Benz C-Class7 850R438 69295 956 km2016
7.BMW 3 Series6 855R372 799101 209 km2016
8.Ford EcoSport6 032R242 05657 116 km2019
9.Nissan NP2004 506R168 83381 542 km2019
10.KIA Picanto4 460R168 31845 386 km2020
*AutoTrader Used Car Sales Data: 1 January 2023 – 31 December 2024

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