Used car values up 25% despite new car sales cratering

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on September 15, 2020
Used car values up 25% despite new car sales cratering

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Moody's Analytics' used car price index indicates used vehicle prices are 25% more than they were a year ago.

This is despite new car sales experiencing 29 continuous months of sales declines.

Moody's Analytics, which tracks prices on car auction site Pickles' wholesale market transactions, found prices increased 7% in August alone, up from 4.7% in July.

This coincides with Gumtree reporting a 19% surge in used car searches.

Moody's Analytics auto economist Michael Brisson says this is also a global phenomenon.

"The rapid increase in prices for used vehicles due to COVID-19 is not only an Australian phenomenon. It is happening in developed countries across the world," he said.

"The ute segment, which includes SUVs and light trucks, has increased by 32% from the previous year and the wholesale passenger-car market increased by 23% during the same period."

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    Similar interest is seen in the new car sales space, with light commercial vehicles and SUVs making up more than 70% of new sales in August.

    However, the used price surge could be short-lived according to Mr Brisson.

    "Used-vehicle prices will likely move sideways over the remainder of the year," he said.

    "Price gains will slow as supply increases with sellers seeking to take advantage of the high prices and COVID-19-related demand gets wrung out.

    "Stress in the labor market will continue to cause consumers to worry about their jobs and the economic recovery.

    "This may limit demand in the coming months, lowering prices."

    Moody's Analytics' research also reports that public transportation uptake is 60% below January levels, while driving routes searched are down just 10%.

    The research also highlighted that as petrol prices decrease (which was seen earlier in the year), demand and prices for used 'trucks' increases (below).

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    Harrison is Savings.com.au's Assistant Editor. Prior to joining Savings in January 2020, he worked for some of Australia's largest comparison sites and media organisations. With a keen interest in the economy, housing policy, and personal finance, Harrison strives to deliver and edit news and guides that are engaging, thought-provoking, and simple to read.

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