17,166 vehicles in Ireland have 10 owners or more

Vehicle history expert Cartell.ie report today (21st October) there are 17,166 vehicles in Ireland that have 10 owners or more over the course of their lifetime. The highest number of owners recorded for a single vehicle still live in the fleet is 43 owners. The vehicle is a Honda Civic registered in county Carlow. There are 8 vehicles with 24 owners, 8 vehicles have 25 owners, 2 vehicles have 35 owners and 1 vehicle has 36 owners.

Of those 17,166 vehicles with 10 or more owners, 3,598 are located in Dublin, 1,883 in Cork, 988 in Galway, and 856 in Limerick.

Chart: Location by county of vehicle’s with 10 or more owners

DUBLIN3598
CORK1883
GALWAY988
LIMERICK856
WEXFORD721
LOUTH696
TIPPERARY654
WATERFORD649
DONEGAL641
KILDARE591
MEATH578
WESTMEATH573
MAYO528
KERRY525
LAOIS512
KILKENNY464
OFFALY437
WICKLOW371
CARLOW370
CLARE330
ROSCOMMON228
LONGFORD222
SLIGO216
CAVAN204
LEITRIM171
MONAGHAN158

The majority of vehicles in Ireland are on their first, second or third owners. The graph below documents the number of ownership changes per vehicle in Ireland. It clearly shows the importance of establishing the number of owners when buying a used vehicle. The graph also shows that people do not change their vehicle on a whim as the results show the bulk of vehicle’s are still on their first, second, or third owner.

Graph 1: Number of ownership changes per vehicle – 1 to 10 owners (Source: Cartell.ie Carstat)

Graph 1: Number of ownership changes per vehicle – 1 to 10 owners

Table 1: Number of ownership changes per vehicle (Source: Cartell.ie Carstat)

Number of OwnersNumber
1755835
2781524
3452351
4237471
5123341
666370
737273
820876
912071
106920
114084
122357
131482
14868
15525
16352
17180
18119
1989
2064
2139
2231
2322
248
258
264
273
282
294
301
311
322
341
352
361
431

The average age of a vehicle in the Irish fleet (all vehicle types) is currently 8.60 years and the average number of owners is 2.54 owners per vehicle. This means the average sales cycle in Ireland is 3.39 years between ownership changes. When buying a vehicle the consumer should use this rule of thumb. Any less than 3 years between owner changes and a higher number of owners than 3 owners should impact on the selling price when buying a vehicle.

Innovation Lead Cartell.ie, Jeff Aherne says:

“Obviously counting the number of previous owners and the dates of sale are a very important part of the history of a vehicle. The higher the number of owners the more important a car history check becomes. If the car has a higher number of owners, and, if it changed hands recently, then you have to question whether the vehicle has mechanical issues. Consumers can check the number of previous owners with us as part of the many checks we provide. If a car already has three owners then it is above average and this should impact on the selling price.”

ENDS

Cartell.ie is Ireland’s first and most comprehensive automotive data supplier providing Car History Checks to consumers and dealers. Launched in 2006, Cartell.ie is the automotive data expert providing tailored vehicle intelligence data to insurers, financiers, parts suppliers, vehicle manufacturers, and all sectors of the automotive industry. We supply data for multiple European countries such as, UK & Ireland, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Malta and more.