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Used car market 'relatively stable' says Cap

Derren Martin

January saw consumers out searching for and buying used cars in large enough numbers for high supply volumes not to be much of an issue.

Retail activity for used cars was “on the positive side in January”.

In Cap’s monthly survey, 69% of dealers surveyed saw physical footfall in January increase compared to the previous month. 

Derren Martin (pictured), senior editor at Cap Black Book said: “In 2015, the average movement through February in Black Book Live was minimal.

“Whilst volumes in the marketplace are higher this year, it is still likely that there will be a period of overall stability with regards to prices.

“Newer used cars will be likely to be under more pressure in the coming months – it will be interesting to see how this impacts on older vehicles too, as a reasonable gap needs to be maintained to make them an attractive purchase opportunity.” 

Cap says dealers are reporting high levels of nearly new vehicles, and this situation is likely to be exacerbated by December activity in pre-registrations and rental.

Convertible values are expected to increase in the coming months, however the weather is a decisive factor. 

Martin said: “We are in a period of relative stability for the used car market. This is likely to last until an early Easter hits us – a period that often forms a watershed for used car values. Any supply and demand misalignment, and subsequent price changes in the market, are available on Black Book Live.” 

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