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Average used car values rise to record levels

Used car being driven through BCA auction lane

Average used car values rose by £275 (2.7%) to a record level of £10,141 in December as a strong month’s trading closed the year at BCA. 

Buyer demand remained positive for good quality stock, while seasonal market trends and the shorter trading period saw some shift in model mix.  Average values improved for fleet and lease stock and nearly-new vehicles, while dealer part-exchange values were broadly static.  

Year-on-year, the headline figure was up by £273, equivalent to a 2.7% increase in average values that reflected the steady demand and well-balanced supply of cars available at BCA over the past 12 months.

Stuart Pearson BCA’s chief operating officer for UK remarketing, said: “Professional buyers were active throughout the month building forecourt stock for the New Year and demand carried on to BCA’s digital platforms over the Festive Season. The shorter trading period and the seasonal influences on stock mix certainly created strong competition for vehicles that were ready for retail.” 

He added: “With data now available for the full calendar year, it is clear that the used car sector experienced sustained demand in 2018.   BCA saw values rise steadily during 2018, with professional buyers competing strongly for stock both in-lane and via BCA Live Online.  

“Both fleet and lease and dealer part-exchange average values have seen double-digit percentage increases over 2017 figures.  Nearly-new values are a third higher on average than in 2017.”

Year-on-year table: all cars

All cars

Avg Age

Avg Mileage

Avg Value

Dec 2017




Dec 2018





Average fleet and lease values in December rose to £11,790, the third highest point on record and significantly ahead of the same period in 2017.  Average values were up by £1,186 (11.2%) versus the same month last year.  The retained value against original MRP (Manufacturers Retail Price) slipped by just a half a percentage point to 44.15%.   

Year-on-year table: fleet and lease


Avg Age (months)

Avg Mileage

Avg Value

Sales vs MRP

Dec 2017





Dec 2018






The average mileage and age of part-exchange vehicles continued to rise in December, with values effectively static at £5,275 – the third highest value recorded at BCA for dealer stock. Year-on-year values were ahead by £502 representing a 10.5% increase over the 12-month period. 

Year-on-year table: dealer part-exchange


Avg Age (months)

Avg Mileage

Avg Value

Dec 2017




Dec 2018





Sustained demand for nearly-new vehicles during 2018 has seen average values rise in ten of the past twelve months. 

December values improved compared to November by £490 (2.0%) with strong competition for the most desirable vehicles. The average value of £24,660 was the third highest this year and ahead of December 2017 by £5,627 – a 29.5% uplift.  

Model mix has a significant effect in this very low volume sector, with brand specific winners and losers. 

Year-on-year table: nearly-new

Nearly new

Avg Age (months)

Avg Mileage

Avg Value

Dec 2017




Dec 2018






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  • Linda paeleman - 10/06/2019 09:32

    It's a nice article for the ones who are interested in buying used cars. You can also check the price of the car for which it can be bought with vehicle valuation tool

  • Katty Smith - 16/04/2020 13:58

    Thank for this article. This article is very useful for used car buyers. In this check, we are getting the value of that car. It's saved our money without wasting on the hidden history.

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