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Used-vehicle value index hits record high

The Manheim used-vehicle value index for the month of August rose to 141.3, a year-over-year increase of 1.2% and a record high. The index was propped up by lower-than-normal depreciation. Prices for 3-year-old vehicles declined in aggregate 0.5%, under the expected average of 1%. As a result, August reflected a “much stronger” used-retail market compared […]

Wholesale used-vehicle prices climb in July

July’s used-vehicle prices on the wholesale market increased 2.6% year over year, pushing the Manheim Used-Vehicle Value Index to 140.5. Comparatively, July 2018 saw an abnormal increase in both prices and sales volume due to tariff concerns, making comparison to last year “particularly tough,” the report notes. While July usually sees a 1% decline in […]

Used-vehicle volume to plateau in next 2 years

Used-vehicle sales volume at auction is expected to plateau over the next two years, according to Manheim’s Wholesale Market Insights report released today. Volume is expected to drop to 39.2 million units by yearend 2019 — from 39.4 million last year — and then fall to 39 million in 2020, Manheim predicted. Used-car sales volume in June […]

Used-Vehicle Sales Increase Offsets New-Car Volume Decline

Used-vehicle sales picked up the slack as new-car volume slipped in April, according to fresh data from Cox Automotive. Used-vehicle sales volume increased 3% year over year, while new-vehicle sales fell 1.7%, even with one more selling day than April 2018, according to Cox Automotive’s monthly Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index report. The April SAAR […]

Used-Vehicle Prices Will Climb as Inventory Dwindles, Manheim Says

Wholesale used-vehicle prices increased 3.2% in February, bringing the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index up to 135.2. In addition, more-affordable vehicles, such as mid-sized cars, led the way in value appreciation — a continuation of a 2018 trend. Used-vehicle sales volume was also on the rise year over year, at a rate of 2%. Manheim […]

Used-Vehicle Values Will Climb in 2019 If Tariff Threat, Rate Hikes Persist 

December auction prices increased 4.3% year over year, bringing the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index to 137.6, the company announced last week. “Three-year-old vehicles ended the month worth 2% more than they would normally have been worth had typical depreciation occurred instead of the abnormal appreciation observed this summer,” said Manheim Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke. Two main factors that […]

2019 Survival Guide: How Lenders Are Planning for the Year Ahead

From the January issue: 2018 was a strong year for auto finance as delinquency rates dropped, the economy grew, and consumer demand remained high. However, the new year finds lenders and analysts bracing for an economic slowdown. But that’s not the only worry. New-car purchases are lagging, according to Manheim’s November data, which has new-vehicle sales […]

Used-Car Values: How Lenders Manage Unexpected Appreciation

Roughly two years ago, the automotive market and the economy were heading for a peak year where lenders were aggressive, competition was stiff, and the economic environment was gaining strength. Since then, lenders have taken their foot off the gas, the economy has stabilized, and lenders have operated business as usual — while used-car values […]
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