Top 10 used cars sold in South Africa in 2023 – with one selling 55 every day

 ·27 Jan 2024

Due to tough economic conditions in 2023, many South Africans turned to the pre-owned market to find a car, and one model has 55 units selling every day last year.

The foot has certainly 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 with an average selling price of R399,163 were sold, according to AutoTrader data.

Sales of an additional 17,000-odd units in 2023 and increased average selling price helped drive up the total value of used cars sold by 7.7% year-on-year.

Amounting to a whopping R146.5 billion, 2023’s figure outperformed the previous year’s by some R10.5 billion.

The Toyota brand continued to fuel car shoppers’ passions. Like it did in 2022, the Japanese brand sold the most used cars (60,296) in 2023.

Volkswagen and Ford remain in the slipstream, with BMW and Mercedes-Benz making up the top five.

Asian brands continued to make inroads into the domestic car market.

“Suzuki was the star of the brand used sales growth show, posting the biggest year-on-year growth of 28.8%. Kia too was in the driver’s seat with growth of 16.6%,” said AutoTrader CEO George Mienie.

German carmakers might find the data worrisome. Of the top ten brands, only German premium automakers BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi (which lost two spots in the ranking) posted a dip in sales.

Even Volkswagen’s ever-popular VW Polo, the third most sold model in 2023, is coming under pressure, with used sales slipping by -4.54% year-on-year.

Mirroring 2022, the most popular model was the Ford Ranger in first place with 20,156 used cars sold, followed by the Toyota Hilux, VW Polo, VW Polo Vivo and the Toyota Fortuner.

In 2022, the Ranger bakkie just managed to clinch the win over rival Hilux. But in 2023, the Ranger widened the gap growing sales by 15.96% against the Hilux’s 2.25%.

The model with the highest sales growth was the Kia Picanto. The Korean hatchback posted sales growth of 18%.

Volkswagen’s much-loved hatchback, the VW Polo 1.0TSI, bagged the variant sales crown selling 9,318 units ahead of sibling VW Polo Vivo 1.4, and 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 Jeep Wrangler Sahara made a showing in 6th position with 3,007 sales.

The top 10 models sold in 2023 are listed below.


1. Ford Ranger – 20,156 used cars sold

  • Avg. Price: R444,020
  • Avg. Mileage: 86,206km
  • Avg. Age: 5 years old

2. Toyota Hilux – 17,555 used cars sold

  • Avg. Price: R453,621
  • Avg. Mileage: 104,125km
  • Avg. Age: 6 years old

3. Volkswagen Polo – 16,140 used cars sold

  • Avg. Price: R263,120
  • Avg. Mileage: 65,495km
  • Avg. Age: 5 years old

4. Volkswagen Polo Vivo – 10,990 used cars sold

  • Avg. Price: R192,989
  • Avg. Mileage: 63,236km
  • Avg. Age: 5 years old

5. Toyota Fortuner – 9,169 used cars sold

  • Avg. Price: R461,943
  • Avg. Mileage: 103,691km
  • Avg. Age: 6 years old

6. Mercedes-Benz C-Class – 7,850 used cars sold

  • Avg. Price: R438,692
  • Avg. Mileage: 95,956km
  • Avg. Age: 8 years old

7. BMW 3 Series – 6,855 used cars sold

  • Avg. Price: R372,799
  • Avg. Mileage: 101,209km
  • Avg. Age: 8 years old

8. Ford EcoSport – 6,032 used cars sold

  • Avg. Price: R242,056
  • Avg. Mileage: 57,116km
  • Avg. Age: 5 years old

9. Nissan NP200 – 4,506 used cars sold

  • Avg. Price: R168,833
  • Avg. Mileage: 81,542km
  • Avg. Age: 5 years old

10. KIA Picanto – 4,460 used cars sold

  • Avg. Price: R168,318
  • Avg. Mileage: 45,386km
  • Avg. Age: 4 years old

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