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Used car values rise in July, says BCA

Following a dip in June, used car values bounced back in July, according to BCA's latest Pulse report.  

The headline average value of a used car rose from £8,198 in June to £8,341 in July, an increase of £143 (1.7%) and the highest average monthly value on record. 

Both fleet/lease and dealer part-exchange values remained at near record levels, while nearly-new values increased.  Year-on-year, the headline figure was up by £635, equivalent to an 8.2% increase in average values.

However, model mix had a role to play as higher value ex-fleet stock increased market share over the month. 

Simon Henstock, BCA chief operating officer UK Remarketing, said: “Supply and demand remain well balanced, with conversion rates improving in July, despite the typical summer slowdown the market experiences once the summer holiday period begins.

“It is noticeable that buyers are being more selective about condition, preparation and presentation.  To maintain desirability and sales performance, vendors can use Smart repairs for those cars that have suffered low level cosmetic damage in the shape of car park dents, stone chips and damage to alloy wheels.”

All cars

Avg Age

Avg Mileage

Avg Value

July 2015

61.37

54,945

£7,706

July 2016

56.86

51,159

£8,341


Values in the fleet and lease sector were effectively static in July, down by just £4 at £9,665 compared to £9,669 the previous month. Retained value against original manufacturers retail price fell to 41.1% in July from 41.93% in June.  Year on year values were static, with age falling by one month and mileage down by 3,000. 

Fleet/ Lease

Avg Age (months)

Avg Mileage

Avg Value

Sales vs MRP

July 2015

40.01

46,309

£9,662

41.69%

July 2016

39.08

43,105

£9,665

41.11%


BCA is exhibiting at Fleet Management Live, held on October 19-20 at NEC Birmingham. It’s the UK’s biggest fleet show with more than 90 suppliers offering everything you need to run a fleet efficiently. To book your free ticket, visit www.fleetmanagementlive.co.uk.


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