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Fleet values up 6.8% in October, reports Manheim

Ex-fleet car values at Manheim saw a rise in October, with values up for prestige and volume brands while demand for SUVs also increased.

Row of SUVS with blue Range Rover in foreground

Stocking time for SUVs fell by two days in the wholesale market in October

Fleet values rose 6.8% to £9,915 from September, while the average selling price for all cars in the wholesale market increased by 7.0% to £5,910, and was up by 1.3% compared to the same month last year.

The average mileage of ex-fleet cars recorded at 40,171 – the lowest they have been for at least 12 months – while stocking days for volume ex-fleet cars were recorded at their lowest levels for at least 18 months.

In the overall wholesale market, prestige brands saw the biggest increase in values, up by 5.6%, while prices for volume brands were up by 3.3%. SUV demand was up as colder weather kicked in and stocking time fell by two days.

Amongst the different fuel types, diesel cars saw the biggest increase in values in the wholesale market, with prices up by 6.3% from last month and said to be stable year on year.

Daren Wiseman, head of valuations at Cox Automotive UK, said: “The seasonal trend of increased demand for SUVs continued from the previous month, and we expect for that to remain going into 2017. While October typically sees some softening in prices, we delivered strong results for our auction customers and defied some market expectations, which is no doubt in part down to our significant investment in improving operational efficiencies.”

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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.