Top Five Fastest-Selling Used Cars Are All Hybrid And Electric


While many used cars tend to stay on the market for over a month, hybrid and electric cars are the exception.

It’s no surprise that electrified vehicles are quick sellers on used car lots. This is something that we’ve covered on a few occasions in the past. Recently, iSeeCars sent us out an update. According to the website, the average car stays on dealer lots for 46.4 days before someone purchases it. Some cars even hang out for much longer. iSeeCars did a recent study to find out exactly which late-model cars are the easiest to move and the findings are increasingly compelling.

We’d like to point out that this is surely not one of those studies that take a small sample and try to extrapolate the data. iSeeCars analyzed a whopping four million late-model vehicles to determine which cars sell the slowest, as well as which cars sell the fastest. As it turns out, the top five quick-selling cars were all electrified and each only took about a month or so to sell.

Yes, we don’t generally cover traditional hybrids at InsideEVs, but honestly, that’s really not even an issue, since only a few of the best-sellers are such (and both are variants of the Toyota Prius, which arguably paved the way for where we are today with EV adoption). Let’s take a look at the study’s results:

The top five fastest-selling used cars are all hybrid and electric vehicles:

Days on Market (Avg.)

Toyota Prius C – 29.6

Tesla Model S – 32.4

BMW i3 – 33.4

Toyota Prius – 33.4

Chevrolet Volt – 34.3

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BMW i3

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2017 Chevrolet Volt
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I know the Prius gets knocked a lot in comments around here, but I’ve been very happy with mine. I hope to have it long enough that by the time it’s done, there will be used electric cars in my price range with enough range to get where I need to go.

Yes, and for those looking at buying new, the Prime is absolutely the better buy unless they absolutely need the fifth seat. And if they really do, get a Clarity PHEV.

Everyone’s welcome to the party.
Good for you for picking a smart car.
The Prius is better then 80% of the cars on the road.
But, we criticize with “love”.
They could do better, but if you say nothing they won’t fix the issues.

I owned 2 Prii over the last 14 years, great cars, very reliable. I saved so much money I was able to buy a Tesla!

You didn’t save any money. The same size car in a gas engine is less than half the price. Simple math.

I don’t think it’s fair to say the Prius gets knocked a lot around here… The “traditional” Prius doesn’t get talked about a lot at all, since it’s not an EV.

The Prime does get knocked a lot, because there are simply better alternatives available in the PHEV space… But sure, it’s still better than any pure combustion car 🙂

The BMW i3 I acquired was on the lot for 3 months.
I’ve been driving it for a year, with no regrets, no buyer remorse.

So, lesson is BMW should get more of these into leasee hands so they move off the used car lot faster. Just a bit of advertising should really help.

This is great proof that THE EV TAX CREDIT DOES NOT *ONLY* HELP RICH PEOPLE! There is a “trickle-down” effect wherein the used car market gets lots of cheap EVs because tax-credit artificially depreciates the EV’s value as soon as it is sold.

I don’t think “depreciation” is really the right term here… But yeah, the credit does effectively get passed on to the second (and any subsequent) owner — something people are prone to forget.

That point is made with a purpose and the people making that claim couldn’t care less about what the reality is.

I wonder what the recidivism rate is for ice offenders who have experienced evs and phevs is.
I would expect it to be quite low.

5 years ago, there was a study that showed the PHEV owners bought another PEV 95% of the time. BEV owners were around 90% if I remembered correctly. But that was with 5 years ago technology/option/choices.

Where’s the Leaf on the list? In previous reports it was usually in the top 5. Also, it’s either the most common used EV, or the second-most common, though I suspect the former.

The extra time that Volt took sitting on the lot is probably due to the fact that dealer forgot to charge the Volt on the day of delivery so they have to wait longer to get it fully charged… =)

Will they ever learn?