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The most-searched-for used cars in South Africa

AutoTrader is one of South Africa’s largest second-hand car classifieds sites, with over 60,000 vehicles for sale from dozens of manufacturers.

To find out which models local consumers favour the most, TopAuto reached out to the company for information.

AutoTrader provided us with its most-searched-for used vehicles for the first quarter of 2021 – detailed below.

The market

The most popular second-hand vehicle searches on AutoTrader are divided into the following five segments:

  • Hatchback
  • Sedan
  • SUV
  • Double cab bakkie
  • Single cab bakkie

Throughout the segments, BMW and VW feature heavily – with Toyota dominating the off-road-focused categories.

Compared to the 2020 AutoTrader industry report, which recorded the most-searched-for second-hand cars for the second half of 2020, the BMW 3 Series overtook the Mercedes-Benz C-Class for most-searched sedan.

Another notable highlight includes the BMW X5 and Range Rover Sport both surpassing the Toyota Fortuner in the SUV segment.

This is even more surprising for the Range Rover, considering its average search price of R1,327,211.

The second-hand market also follows the same trend as local new vehicle sales, with Toyota and VW sitting at the top of several categories.

As opposed to new vehicle sales, however, the second-hand passenger vehicle market favours European brands.

It must be noted that in this case most-searched-for does not mean most purchased.

Detailed below are the five most-searched-for vehicles in each segment, along with their average search prices.


Model Average Search Price
1. VW Golf R310,062
2. VW Polo R242,843
3. VW Polo Vivo R185,010
4. BMW 1 Series R294,574
5. Toyota Corolla R344,832


Model Average Search Price
1. BMW 3 Series R344,832
2. Mercedes-Benz C-Class R375,253
3. VW Polo Sedan R185,424
4. Audi A3 R359,504
5. VW Polo Vivo Sedan R125,094


Model Average Search Price
1. BMW X5 R723,351
2. Range Rover Sport R1,327,211
3. Toyota Fortuner R527,669
4. BMW X3 R532,238
5. Porsche Cayenne R829,956

Double Cab

Model Average Search Price
1. Toyota Hilux R495,730
2. Ford Ranger R439,448
3. VW Amarok R548,430
4. Toyota Land Cruiser 79 R741,088
5. Nissan Navara R346,396

Single Cab

Model Average Search Price
1. Toyota Hilux R268,451
2. Nissan NP200 R159,271
3. Ford Ranger R240,789
4. Toyota Land Cruiser 79 R563,716
5. Chevrolet Utility R130,330

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