Vauxhall’s small hatch is without doubt one of the most popular cars for young drivers. Back when I was 17 EVERYONE had a Corsa as their first car, it was the default, go-to vehicle of choice whether male or female.
The trend continues today, but a rather ominous statistic from My Car Check has come out recently…
Vauxhall Corsa’s occupy three out of the top five cars most likely to be written off, or have outstanding finance.
A whopping 44.83% of all Vauxhall Corsa Limited Edition models had previously been written off when checked on the site, with 27.59% still owing finance. 4.31% had both.
Looking at another trim level, the SXI AC and 21.43% had outstanding finance, with 39.29% being written off. Rather worrying when they were still being sold for over £7,000 on average.
The least offending of the Vauxhall gaggle was the S Ecoflex model, with just 26.73% being write offs, but 25.75% still owed money come the time of sale.
Those write off percentages are pretty much the highest out of the entire top 10, with much older cars like the Peugeot 206 Sport even making ninth place with 26.45% being written off.
Making it all the more concerning is the fact that all of these models are Corsa D shape, so from around 2007 onwards.
Going back to the SXI AC model 6.24% had both, outstanding finance and were previously write offs. It just goes to show how young drivers seem to love them, and A – Crash them a lot, then B – Get rid, before the finance is paid.
5 door hatchbacks have the most history checks run against them, sitting at 27% of all searches made on My Car Check, with Vauxhall being the second most searched marque.
Scarily around 345,000 hidden history vehicles are bought each year by unsuspecting punters. However a whopping 96% of consumers do actually carry out a used vehicle check.
Checking a vehicles history should be a ‘must do’ before you make payment. Info is gathered from the Police, DVLA, insurers and finance houses.
So go and view a car, give it a test drive, even hand over a small deposit if need be…but make sure you walk away and run a car check before the final transaction.
A basic check can cost as little as £1.99, but a more thorough comprehensive check costs around £9,99, and even includes a £10,00 guarantee if the vehicles is later found out to be a write off.
On average Vauxhall have sold nearly 90,000 Corsa’s a year since it launched 21 years ago, you can pretty much find one on every street, but who knew they had such a hidden past.