Office for National Statistics to use Auto Trader data

The Workplace for Nationwide Data (ONS) will quickly begin working with Automobile Trader details to make its official measures of inflation extra strong, together with the Purchaser Charges Index.

Car Trader has described regular used car rates up 32.2% yr on yr in April, ensuing in present rates currently being in excess of £2000 greater that usual.


Automobile Trader’s pricing facts, which will be utilized for experimental estimates in June and involved in the headline inflation steps from following 12 months, will extra precisely characterize the increase in selling prices of used cars and trucks, one particular of the key drivers of inflation over the previous year.


The ONS is the UK’s most significant impartial producer of official data and the recognised countrywide statistical institute of the Uk the partnership marks an important milestone in its programme of transformation across its customer price stats.


At current inflation in car prices is calculated by monitoring the costs of a sample of 35 motor vehicle designs at three unique ages, taken from a manual of sector guidebook selling prices.

Richard Walker, Vehicle Trader’s Director of Details and Insights, said: “It’s a privilege to guidance the ONS in even further strengthening its inflation stats. At Auto Trader, we perform with about 13,500 automotive retailer companions, checklist an regular of 450,000 privately and trade advertised cars, and acquire all over 65 million shopper visits every single month. This scale offers us a pretty distinctive check out of the automotive retail current market, which signifies at a time when the sector is transferring at an remarkable tempo, we’ll be able to offer the ONS with the most exact pricing information and insights accessible, in almost genuine-time, in the exact way as we do for all of our companions.”

ONS Head of Inflation, Mike Hardie, extra: “The auto market place accounts for an important factor of customer expenditure. Auto Trader’s knowledge will give us new insights into the reasons powering transforming prices, and superior realize traits – for illustration by age or by gasoline sort.  It will also help to make the UK’s formal inflation statistics amid the most technically superior in the globe.”