Average used car price up 32% YoY in March says Auto Trader

The ordinary selling price of a utilised motor vehicle elevated 32% on a yr-on-12 months (YoY) and like-for-like foundation in March.

In accordance to the Automobile Trader Retail Selling price Index this marks the 24th month of consecutive YoY price growth over this period of time motorists will have observed the ordinary benefit of their utilized car raise virtually £4,400.

When YoY charges are continuing to maximize, Car Tradersaid that it is obvious that the level of progress is beginning to relieve, with March’s .1% increase on the 31.9% recorded in February symbolizing the lowest every month motion due to the fact November 2020.

Highlighting the latest resilience of the used auto marketplace, the most up-to-date on-web page investigate carried out by Vehicle Trader indicates consumer confidence continues to be robust. All-around 40% of the circa 1,600 people today surveyed in March intend to acquire in the future two months, and 67% want to acquire in the next 3 months.

Richard Walker, Car Trader’s Director of Data and Insights, said: “Although utilised automobile selling price expansion and buyer desire is softening, it’s important to put it into context. From a backdrop of ‘once in a lifetime’ ranges of desire in 2021, it is simple to misinterpret the details as a market in decrease, but a fast glimpse less than the bonnet reveals that any recommendation charges are about to tumble is unfounded. Regardless of increasing economic pressures, the appetite for new and utilized automobiles continues to be earlier mentioned pre-pandemic levels, which blended with the ongoing squeeze in offer, will keep utilised vehicle prices solid for the foreseeable long term.”

Just one in 5 (20%) of the nearly new autos at present accessible (people aged up to 12 months) are additional pricey than their brand-new equivalents. More than the final 12 months, the normal rate of these almost new automobiles has enhanced circa £8,700, and more than £11,700 in the very last two decades. Remarkably, in spite of these unparalleled pricing dynamics almost new automobiles have been advertising on typical 22 times quicker last month than in March 2021 (30 times vs 52).

The present report gas charges are influencing the industry dynamics of electric car (EV) and inner combustion motor (ICE) autos. On Vehicle Trader, demand from customers (primarily based on searches and advert views) for EVs has little by little been easing due to the fact the unique gasoline crisis in autumn of 2021. However, as selling prices at the pumps have accelerated over new weeks, there’s been a noteworthy reversal of this craze, with levels of need for premium and volume brand name EVs rising 79.1% YoY (up appreciably on the 28.8% YoY development recorded in February) and 120.2% YoY (up from 53% YoY) respectively.

Whilst EV source is growing, these external aspects are stimulating demand at a much steeper rate, aiding to gasoline really potent value growth for equally quality (20.1% YoY / £50,499) and volume (27.5% / £26,137) model EVs.

Sue Robinson, Main Executive, NFDA, added: “Used vehicle costs stay at large levels in spite of seeing a stage of stabilisation. Thinking of the impression that external factors these as the growing price of living are getting on shopper self-assurance and getting into account ongoing source constraints, the most recent details shows that underlying demand for second-hand motor vehicles continues to be robust. It is encouraging to see that hunger for both new and made use of electrified automobiles continues to be significantly robust.”