LCV values climb to record levels in February

BCA’s latest Pulse data shows average LCV values reached a new record level in February, with fleet & lease values increasing significantly while dealer part-exchange values fell compared to the previous month.

The average February figure of £4,789 for LCVs was the highest on record for any month since Pulse began reporting in 2005.  Average age rose by two months to 58.5 months, while average mileage declined by 2,000 miles to 78,700 miles.
Year-on-year, February 2013 was ahead by £517 or 12.1%, with age and mileage rising over the period. 

Duncan Ward BCA’s general manager – commercial vehicles commented “Despite values being at record levels, prices are high largely as a result of the constricted supply, and – seasonal variations aside - we should expect a similar picture across much of 2013.”

He added “While stock remains in short supply, corporate vendors are enjoying some exceptional values. We know from experience that values cannot keep rising and there will inevitably be an adjustment at some stage.  However, we are still in uncharted waters four years on from the registration crash of 2008 and 2009 and how this will manifest itself is impossible to judge at this stage.  With the Easter break often representing a watershed in demand, we might see some pressure on values in April.”

Following a 1% rise in January and a 5.2% rise in December, values in the fleet & lease LCV sector improved again in February, rising by £386 (7.1%) to £5,823 - the third consecutive month where a record average value has been achieved for corporate CV stock.  Performance against CAP improved by a point to 103.3%, while retained value against Manufacturer Recommended Price improved by over two points to 34.9% from 32.7% in January.

Year-on-year, the value evolution for corporate stock is even more pronounced - February 2013 was £875 (17.6%) ahead of the same month in 2012 – with average age and mileage reasonably stable.

February part-exchange values were the third highest since Pulse began reporting in 2005, despite falling back by £101 (3.1%) to £3,095 compared to January.   CAP comparisons improved by half a point to 105.3% and continue to outperform the fleet & lease sector by around three points.  Year-on-year values remain well ahead by £325 or 11.7%, with average age and mileage rising in 2013.

Nearly-new values fell back in February for the third consecutive month, averaging £9,431.  CAP performance improved by three points to 101.6%.  As always, this has to be taken in the context of the very low volumes reaching the market and the model mix factor.

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