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New Year to see trade-in values rise, says CAP

Consumers looking to trade in clean, well-maintained vehicles can expect enthusiastic offers from dealers looking to keep their forecourts fresh.

The news comes as figures from the CAP Used Car Price Index reveal that the fall in second hand car prices compared to last year slowed in December.

Despite the fact that 3 year old cars in most sectors have been trading for most of this year at lower prices than their exact equivalents a year before, the gap has reduced in recent months.

Only two vehicle sectors enjoy higher values than last year, with 4x4s continuing their remarkable performance to end the year worth almost 10% higher than in December 2009.

However, more mainstream vehicle types have moved closer to last year's prices with a typical small family car now trading at only around 5% less than last December and a large family car just 4.1% lower.

The overall market has taken a step forward by standing just 4% lower than 12 months previously, compared with 6.6% in September.

CAP believes that used car trade values will strengthen during the early part of 2011. Despite growing economic austerity and poor consumer confidence, low supply into the used car market will mean the possibility of demand still outstripping supply in the case of good quality used cars.

Mike Hind of CAP said: "The New Year will be a good time to trade in a high quality used car. Our research shows that dealers are currently paying very strong prices to keep their stock levels up and that is unlikely to change any time soon."

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