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Australia’s most wanted used cars for 2020
As used-car sales boomed in 2020, tough off-roaders led the pack.
The global pandemic and resulting restrictions have changed a lot of people's plans for 2021. As international borders remain closed, an Australian adventure has replaced the overseas sojourn as The Big Trip for 2021. And many people are using the money they might have spent on international flights to buy a vehicle that can tow a caravan – or a boat for that matter – and explore a little closer to home.
Data released by used car classified site Gumtree Cars reveals that some of the most searched cars are capable off-road wagons and utes, suggesting that Australians are itching to hit the open road.
The Toyota HiLux ute is the second most searched vehicle.
According to Gumtree, the most searched-for vehicle in the three months to September was the rugged Toyota LandCruiser 4x4 wagon. Long a favourite for buyers in remote and rural areas due to its unbeatable reliability, it's also one of the best towing vehicles on the market.
The LandCruiser is the second highest selling 4x4 wagon on the Australian new car market, but with prices starting at around $80,000 up to $125,000 for a new model, it's no surprise there's so much interest in picking up a cheaper second-hand version.
As well as LandCruiser, a few other capable off-roaders also landed in Gumtree's most searched for list for the periof between June and September. Nissan's Patrol 4x4 wagon, a direct rival to the LandCruiser and another popular choice for towing was the fourth most searched used car, while the Toyota LandCruiser Prado ranked seventh in Gumtree's figures. Gumtree says Prado searches spiked 20 per cent in the first nine months of 2020, compared to a 13 per cent increase for LandCruiser searches.
Utes also attracted plenty of interest, with Toyota's HiLux ranking second in search volume and the Ford Ranger ranking eighth. These two are the top picks for tradies, but they’re also very capable off road and can tow up to 3500kg.
Aside from road-trip friendly off-roaders, there's also a lot of love on Gumtree for recently departed Aussie classics. The Holden Commodore, which was discontinued in 2019, just months before General Motors shut down the Holden brand for good , was the third most searched car. The Ford Falcon, which disappeared in 2016 when Ford shut its Australian factories, with the sixth most searched model.