Fleet values down 7.0% in June, says Manheim
According to Manheim Remarketing's latest Market Analysis for Cars, values in the Fleet sector fell by 7.0% (£465) to £6,144, with falls also seen in Dealer part exchanges and Manufacturer stock. Overall, average wholesale used car values fell by 4.7% (£346) to £6,978 in June following a slight increase of 0.6% in May.
Fleet sector values are also down year to date when compared with 2009, with values trailing by 5.1% (£332) over the period. Overall average used car values are now just 0.7% (£52) ahead of the same period last year. Average age is up by three months compared with June 2009 at 51 months and average mileage is higher by 1,986 miles at 50,896, perhaps reflecting extended use during the recession, says Manheim. This is particularly evident in the Fleet sector, with average age and mileage of Small Hatchbacks up by eight months and 3,500 miles respectively, Compact Executives up by seven months and 7,500 miles and Coupes up by nine months and 6,500 miles.
Mike Pilkington, managing director, Manheim Remarketing, said: 'Given the unusually difficult trading conditions in June a fall of this magnitude, significantly above the seasonal norm is no surprise. A whole series of short-term factors from the general election through to the Budget and World Cup have made it harder to predict the underlying level of economic confidence and consumer demand. Unless there is a more positive outlook for consumer demand through the traditionally quiet period of the summer months then only a reduction in vehicle supply is likely to ease the pressure on prices.'