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Dealer part-exchange values fell by 1.4% in February, BCA Pulse reports

Simon Henstock

The average part of dealer part exchanges sold at BCA fell by £61 in February compared to the previous month, BCA Pulse reports.

While the average value of a used car sold at BCA rose by 0.6% in February 2016 compared to January, with year-on-year values also rising, the drop in part exchange prices came as Simon Henstock, BCA chief operating officer UK Remarketing, warned that buyers were becoming “wary of poorer condition vehicles.”

According to the latest BCA Pulse report the headline average value of a used car climbed by £52 to £7,929 with year-on-year average values up by £115 (1.4 %) and a decline in used vehicles’ age and mileage.

Average values for dealer part-exchange cars fell by 1.4%, to £4,255 in February, compared to January. However, year-on-year values remain ahead by £214 (5.2%).

Tha average age of a dealer part exchange sold through BCA fell from 90.48 to 90.41 year-on-year, meanwhile, with milages falling from 72,055 to 71,239.

Simon Henstock, BCA chief operating officer UK Remarketing said: “BCA reports strong levels of demand in February, with plenty of interest in retail-ready cars, but buyers rather more wary of poorer condition vehicles.”

Henstock said that the market was anticipating increased part-exchange business and greater volumes from fleet and contract hire sources over the coming weeks. 

BCA is recommending that volume vendors appraise their sale stock closely to ensure it is valued in line with market expectations in anticipation of a resulting impact on residual values in the weeks ahead.

He added: “Buyers have a lot more choice and vehicles requiring repair and refurbishment need to be sensibly valued to compete. 

“For cars with cosmetic damage, SMART repairs are a cost effective option for sellers, meaning their vehicles can be quickly processed and presented in the best possible condition.”

BCA Pulse reported that fleet and lease car values averaged £9,662 at BCA in February, an increase of £222 (2.3%) compared to January’s figure of £9,440. 

Retained value against original MRP (Manufacturers Retail Price) improved by a percentage point to 41.56, from 40.48% in January, with age and mileage broadly static, meanwhile. 

Compared to February 2015, average fleet & lease values were virtually static, down by just £11, with retained value down by nearly three-quarters of a percentage point. 

Nearly-new values were virtually static at £20,451, down by just £19 over the month. Model mix has a significant effect in this very low volume sector.  

Below are BCA's average used prices by sector covering the past 12 months: 


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