The consumer car finance market grew 1% by volume during December according to the latest figures published by the Finance and Leasing Association (FLA).
New business in the point of sale (POS) consumer car finance market grew 1% by volume (138,346) and 4% by value (£2.2bn) in December 2018, compared with the same month in 2017.
The FLA reported that POS consumer new car finance market saw new business volumes in December 4% lower than in the same month in 2017, meanwhile, while the value of new business held steady.
The percentage of private new car sales financed by FLA members through the POS was 91.2% in the twelve months to December 2018, unchanged compared with the year to November.
The POS consumer used car finance market reported new business growth in December of 5% by volume and 9% by value compared with the same month in 2017.
Geraldine Kilkelly, Head of Research and Chief Economist at the FLA, said: “The POS consumer car finance market grew in 2018 in line with expectations, with new business volumes 3% higher than in 2017.
“The market is likely to report stable new business volumes in 2019 as a whole if there is a reduction in the current uncertainty about the economic outlook.”