BMW 2 Series April's Fastest-Selling Used Vehicles

Jason R. Sakurai
by Jason R. Sakurai

April’s fastest-selling used vehicles were led by the BMW 2 Series, according to iSeeCars. The 20 fastest-selling used vehicles averaged 28.7 days, 1.2-1.7 times faster than it took to sell an ordinary used vehicle. The fastest-selling used vehicles included a mix of sports cars, luxury vehicles, hybrids, and minivans.

“Earning the top spot is the BMW 2 Series small luxury car. It’s followed by the Mazda MX-5 Miata, Chevrolet Corvette, Mini Convertible, BMW 4 Series, and Kia Stinger. High-performance vehicles have been popular during the pandemic,” said Karl Brauer, iSeeCars executive analyst.

The Hyundai Palisade ranked fourth, followed by the Kia Telluride. “These SUVs debuted in 2020, and have sustained popularity. Not widely available used, they had an May inventory increase. Given the markup and scarcity, used versions are appealing to those unable to locate a new one, or who want to save money.”

The Tesla Model 3 made the list for the second consecutive month in sixth. “The Tesla Model 3 is the most popular EV, and has been popular since its debut. Rising gasoline prices, as well as new Model 3 price increases contributed to the popularity of used Model 3s, which great value retention.”

The Honda Odyssey and the Chrysler Pacifica minivans made the list. “The Odyssey and the Pacifica are modern minivans with premium features. More families are buying them as activities resume this spring and summer, creating a need for more spacious family haulers.”

“Car buyers may have difficulty finding the most in-demand vehicles, and end up paying a premium in the used car marketplace. While automakers prioritize their most popular vehicles in the wake of the microchip shortage, demand for these vehicles is still likely to outpace supply in the coming months,” said Brauer.

iSeeCars.com is a car search engine. Sales of 2016-2020 used cars in April were analyzed, and days listed and days on market for each model calculated. Excluded were heavy-duty vehicles, those no longer in production prior to the 2021, and low-volume models. Since when did a sedan, a four-door, become a Gran Coupe? Because BMW and a handful of other luxury carmakers deemed it so?

Dealers who subscribe to information like this will then scour the auto auctions, competing for the same vehicles and driving wholesale prices higher. While working retail, I typically bought popular vehicles not on the list, such as the Mustang. Less expensive to acquire, my margins would be greater due to these same dynamics. Unless you need to replace a vehicle now, I’d wait for the market to cool off.

[Images: BMW, iSee Cars, Kia, Tesla, Honda]

Jason R. Sakurai
Jason R. Sakurai

With a father who owned a dealership, I literally grew up in the business. After college, I worked for GM, Nissan and Mazda, writing articles for automotive enthusiast magazines as a side gig. I discovered you could make a living selling ad space at Four Wheeler magazine, before I moved on to selling TV for the National Hot Rod Association. After that, I started Roadhouse, a marketing, advertising and PR firm dedicated to the automotive, outdoor/apparel, and entertainment industries. Through the years, I continued writing, shooting, and editing. It keep things interesting.

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  • Daveo Daveo on May 14, 2021

    Interesting to see some pretty new models like the Palisade, Telluride, Model 3, and 2-Series ending up on the list. Makes you realize that people are getting out of these quicker than some cars. Guess people aren't as enamored with them as the glowing press articles would have us think...

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    • Bd2 Bd2 on May 14, 2021

      Lots of the used Tellurides are due to owners switching to the latest MY or a higher trim. Used Tellurides are going for above MSRP at auction, so the Telluride owners who were able to get theirs at MSRP are making out.

  • Cimarron typeR Cimarron typeR on May 14, 2021

    Of the used cars I 've been tracking, manual 911 coupes of any generation and manual c7s have been seen a bigger than above jump in asking prices.I think I missed my window on the 911. Oh well,lets see what the new BRZ drives like. Either way I'm waiting for the recession to buy.

  • El scotto Wranglers are like good work boots, you can't make them any better. Rugged four wheel drive vehicles which ironically make great urban vehicles. Wagoneers were like handbags desired by affluent women. They've gone out of vogue. I can a Belgian company selling Jeep and Ram Trucks to a Chinese company.
  • El scotto So now would be a good time to buy an EV as a commuter car?
  • ToolGuy $1 billion / 333.3 million = $3 per U.S. person ¶ And what do I get for my 3 bucks -- cleaner air and lower fuel prices? I might be ok with this 🙂🙂
  • VoGhost Matt, I'm curious why you write that inventory levels are low at 74 days. Typically, 60 days is the benchmark for normal inventory.
  • Jeff Arthur Dailey--If you really want to see a similarity between Chevy and Cadillac look at the 71 Chevy Caprice compared to the 71 Cadillac Deville more similar in looks than the 61s. Motor Trend even had an article comparing them and stating that you could buy a comparably equipped 71 Caprice and save thousands. The 1971 Chevrolet Caprice/Impala: Value-Priced, Cadillac ... YouTube · Rare Classic Cars & Automotive History 16 minutes, 53 seconds Feb 3, 2024
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