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Used car values fall by 2.2% in July

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Residual values continued to drop this month, with a further 2.2% reduction at the three-year, 60,000-mile point according to Cap HPI.

The movement in July is significantly more than the seasonal norm, of -1.0%, over the last five-years.

Derren Martin, head of UK valuations at Cap HPI, said: "So far this year, every movement has been more negative than that of the same month in 2017 and 2018.

“The largest drops in Live in July were in the large executive and luxury executive sectors, with both falling out of favour with buyers, due to a reluctance to invest in big-ticket items.

“Drops have averaged over 3% for both sectors, which are significant amounts of around £800 for large executives and over £2,000 for luxury models."

In June, values dropped by 2% following drops of 2.3% in April and 3.1% in May.

The upper-medium sector saw a noticeably higher drop in the value of diesel cars over the last few weeks, driven by volume and an abundance of similarly specified ex-fleet cars.

Electric cars moved back in-line with the overall market with more acute drops at the top end. Some models looked relatively expensive compared to similar petrol and diesel models. Tesla models, in particular, have seen some reductions of late, not helped by some inconsistent new car pricing affecting the used market.

Martin added: "Diesel car values dropped at a slightly higher rate than petrol ones, as they have done during every month this year, but it is marginal.  With clean air zones appearing there could well be some regional bias on pricing going forward and wholesale vendors would do well to be mindful of this when choosing where to sell, and we have already seen the early signs of this in our retail data.

“While there are some signs of recovery, the used car market is certainly not buoyant."

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