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Calls for more transparency as pre-registrations lower than expected, despite record market

Philip Nothard

Research into pre-registration activity has revealed a 5% increase in 17/17 plate volumes on 16/16 plate volumes in May, according to Cap HPI, a lower figure than anticipated. It called for greater transparency on the issue.

The automotive data provider studied 17/17, and 16/16 plate used vehicles advertised on digital platforms. 

Philip Nothard (pictured), consumer and retail specialist at Cap HPI, said: “The increase is much smaller than we’ve observed in previous years, despite record new car sales.

“The industry needs far more transparency in this area to enable everyone from manufacturers to dealers to plan more accurately. 

“We continually adjust values to account for the balance of demand against volume in the market.

“These are reflected on a daily basis in our Black Book Live product.  There may well be a knock on effect to older cars as a consequence of the price points of nearly-new to compete with the strong new car offers available.” 

The city car segment saw a 7% increase in late-plate vehicles and SUV and 5% increase when comparing May 2017 to the same point in 2016.  

“The market over the first part of 2017 is characterised by strong demand and has proven relatively stable for used values. We do tend to see some price erosion take place through the summer months as retail demand eases due to the holiday period.”  

16:16 v 17:17 plate volumes (year-on-year)

Sector name 2016:16 2016 2017: 17 2017
City car 1773 1901
Convertible 327 317
Coupe cabriolet 42 85
Electric 17 15
Executive 382 341
Large executive 44 43
Lower medium 1771 1587
Luxury executive 12 14
MPV 564 807
Sports 180 185
Supercar 12 6
Supermini 2406 2736
SUV 1924 2021
Upper medium 902 843
Totals 10356 10901


May 2017 16/16 and 17/17 plate used car volumes - Cap HPI

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