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Used market demand for diesels remains unabated

By / 2 years ago / Latest News / 1 Comment

Although the headlines may be filled with stories of ‘dirty diesels’ and car buyers moving to cleaner alternatives, diesel values remain positive with continued used buyer demand, latest BCA figures show.

Used cars at auction

BCA figures show the average diesel car retained its value slightly better than in 2016.

Analysis by the auction and remarketing specialist shows that average diesel values have improved year-on-year, with diesel values rising by £841 (8.8%) to £10,348.

BCA COO Simon Henstock commented “Some of this rise reflects a lower average age and mileage in 2017, but the underlying demand is clear.  This year, to date, average diesel car values have improved by over £300 from £10,034 in January with a very similar age and mileage profile.”

“The average diesel car is also retaining its value slightly better than a year ago, achieving 38.71% of its original retail price when sold, compared to 37.10% a year ago.”

Auction firm Aston Barclay has also said that it expects diesel values to remain consistent over the coming year.

After analysing all elements of the used market, the firm says diesel prices have been more consistent than petrol, based on deflation alone on three-year-old 60,000 mile ex-fleet cars.

“Cap HPI recently published a year-on-year deflation graph of diesel vs. petrol at three years and 60,000 miles and since January 2015, diesel prices have been very consistent while petrol prices fell more dramatically,” explained Aston Barclay’s group operations director Martin Potter.

“In November 2016 petrol and diesel deflation was identical and it will be interesting to see how this maps out during 2017 as the market copes with additional used volumes after diesel sales peaks in 2014 and 2015,” he added.

The firm added that its analysis shows changes in the proportion of diesel and petrol vehicles making up the used market, the move away from diesel is likely to be a gradual process.

“Most consumers base their buying decision on affordability and fuel costs when they purchase a used car. If used diesel prices do fall due to increased supply, then demand is likely to increase. Motorists are used to achieving 10-20% improved fuel economy with their diesel car so are not likely to turn their back on the fuel any time soon,” added Potter.

BCA’s Simon Henstock also says diesels remain an attractive and desirable proposition for professional buyers for onward retail, adding: “The very reasons that make a diesel attractive to corporate users are equally applicable to the motorist.  Many people like the driving characteristics of a diesel and there are real benefits in fuel consumption, overall reliability and longevity that also appeal to the cost conscious motorist.”

Henstock concluded: “BCA data shows no easing of demand for diesel cars in the wholesale sector.  We will continue to assess the market and advise our customers accordingly.”

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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.