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Fleet and lease values still at near-record levels

The used car market remains in good health, with both overall and fleet and lease average values at BCA remaining at near-record levels in May.

Fleet and lease values remained at their third highest level on record

Average fleet & lease values slipped by 1.5% (£174) to £10,963 from April’s record value of £11,137 but were still marked out as the third highest on record. Retained value against original MRP (Manufacturers Retail Price) fell by half a percentage point to 43.54%.  Year-on-year values were up by 4.9% (£517), with age rising and mileage declining, although both by small margins.

The headline average value fell by just 0.2% (£16) to £9,568 in May, with average values up by £707 year-on-year, a 7.9% rise over the 12-month period.  May’s average value is the fourth highest on record.

Commenting on the strength of the market, Stuart Pearson, BCA COO UK remarketing, said: “Professional buyers have continued to compete strongly for good quality used car stock, a pattern that reflects the high levels of retail demand that dealers have been reporting throughout this year. The seasonal dip that is often felt at this time of year hasn’t been so significant and the strong demand has driven conversion rates, meaning stock is churning quickly which is good for buyers and sellers alike.”

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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.