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March price rise to be followed by 'watershed' April, says BCA Pulse

BCA Pulse, March 2017

BCA’s monthly Pulse report has shown that used car prices rose by almost 13% year-on-year in March as values increased across the board.  

The headline average value was up £28 to £8,850 as it reached a record figure for the second month running, with average age and mileage fell by four months and 3,000 miles. 

Average values rose across the board, with even nearly-new improving – by £767 to £18,194 – after two months of declines.

Simon Henstock, BCA chief operating officer UK Remarketing, said: “BCA reports a continued richer mix of stock in the auction halls which is helping to keep average values firm. 

“Buyer demand was significant in March and conversion rates rose as a result.  Reflecting seasonal patterns, we saw greater volumes from dealer part-exchange sources and expect this uplift to continue in the weeks ahead.”

He added: “However, as volumes remain high and with Easter imminent, we should expect to see the dynamics in the market change quite noticeably over the coming weeks. 

“Easter is typically seen as a watershed in the marketplace and while demand remains strong, it has waned from the peak we experienced in March.” 

Average values in the fleet and lease sector reached a new record high in March, rising by £276 (2.7%) to £10,455. 

Retained value against original MRP (Manufacturers Retail Price) improved by a point to 43.4%, while year-on-year values were up significantly, rising by £714 (7.3%), as both age and mileage continue to decline. 

Dealer part-exchange values rose by just £26 to £4,594 in March, maintaining a price performance that has been relatively stable over the past 12 months. 

Year-on-year values were ahead by £212 (4.8%), with average age and mileage little changed over the period.


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