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Auto Trader reveals diesel vehicles still account for 53% of online used car searches

Diesel vehicles accounted for 53% of online used car searches via Auto Trader but the fuel type failed to keep pace with petrol powered alternatives 10% year-on-year price rise in February.

The online classifieds specialist saw the popularity of diesel cars remain flat last month, according to its online search data, but a price rise of 3% (£476) for diesel – to £14,400 – meant that petrol powered cars ultimately made the larger gains in value, rising £1,105 to £10,733.

Overall, the average price of a used car rose 6% on a like-for-like basis to £12,768, which reflected the growth in prices recorded in January.