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Ex-fleet compact executive cars and MPVs perform well in February

Average selling prices for compact executive cars were up 4.1% (£384) from January and 10.7% (£473) above the same month in 2015.

Mini MPVs performed well both month-on-month and year-on-year, with average selling prices up 9.9% (£473) from January and up 6.4% (£316) from February 2015. Continuing a trend seen last year, ex-fleet MPV values continue to rise year-on-year, with selling prices up 8.1% (£644). 

In contrast, average selling prices were 3.1% (£216) lower than January, although conversion rates improved from 19 days in stock to eight, highlighting stronger buyer demand for quality ex-fleet stock.

Volumes at Manheim’s car auctions were up 29% from February last year, and while year-on-year values also dipped last month, lower value superminis and small hatchbacks made up 37% of auction volumes in February this year, compared to just 25% in 2015. 

Daren Wiseman, valuation services manager at Manheim, said: “We have seen very strong sales at Manheim’s auctions at the start of this year, with high conversion rates and significant buyer activity.  

“As we enter the plate change period, we expect increasing de-fleet volumes to filter through to our disposal channels towards the end of March beginning of April. We would expect to see some softening of the market as the de-fleet volumes increase and buyers can be more selective about the stock that they acquire.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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.