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Cap hpi warns of spike in pre-registration activity

Philip Nothard, consumer and retail specialist at cap hpi

Philip Nothard, consumer and retail specialist at cap hpi

Pre-registration activity rose 46% for 16/16 plate volumes during June, according to cap hpi, which is warning of the possible effects on resale values.

The firm’s research covered 16/16 plate used vehicles advertised on digital platforms, with Philip Nothard, consumer and retail specialist, highlighting that pre-registered vehicles must be kept for 90 days before sale, so a spike in 16 / 16 plates at the end of June is indicative of activity at the end of March.

He added: “What will be instrumental to the effect on values is how well and how quickly those dealers who are holding high volumes can clear these vehicles. There may well be a knock-on effect to older cars as a consequence of the price points of nearly-new to compete with the strong new car offers available.”

In June, volumes of 16/16 plate vehicles versus 15/15 at the same time last year, rose by 10% . The City Car segment saw a 66.3% rise in late-plate vehicles when compared to the same point in 2015.

Nothard said: “Aside from the late plate vehicles, the market seems to have stabilised through June and it is likely that there will continue to be demand for the three to five year old stock, with high quality and well specified examples performing well. That being said, historically we do tend to see some price erosion take place through July and there may be some easing of retail demand, due to the holiday period and some people may even contemplate how the leave outcome of the referendum will affect them.”

Demand for used vehicles has remained strong through the first quarter of 2016. Research by cap hpi shows used car volumes jumped by 13% in the first quarter of 2016 against the same period last year.

A total of 1,975,945 was sold in the first three months of the year, with prices underpinned by strong consumer demand.

The figure is the biggest quarterly increase on record, with a jump of 8% in 2013/4 the previous peak. It is also the biggest quarterly sales figure since 2004, which was the largest on record with 2,005,660.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.