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CPO Sales Up Month over Month in May, On Record-Setting Pace

The certified pre-owned (CPO) market performed well with 268,452 CPO units sold in May, a 4% month-over-month increase and a 13% year-over-year increase. CPO sales in May 2021 outperformed the same month in 2019 by 16,589 units. With 1,224,522 CPO units sold through May, CPO sales are up 25% versus the same time in 2020 … Continued

New-Vehicle Inventories Continue to Drop, Reach Record Low In May

The auto industry entered June with historically low inventories of unsold new vehicles due to continued strong sales and further production disruptions caused mostly by the global computer chip shortage, according to a Cox Automotive analysis of the vAuto Available Inventory data. 1.78M Total Inventory 35 Days’ Supply Average Listing Price The total U.S. supply … Continued

Auto Credit Availability Tightened in May

Access to auto credit declined in May after loosening for three straight months for all types of auto loans, according to the Dealertrack Auto Credit Availability Index. The All Loans Index declined 0.7% to 97.7 in May, reflecting that auto credit was harder to get in the month compared to April. Access was looser by 0.7% year over year, but compared to February 2020, access was tighter by 1.5%.  Most loan types tightened … Continued

May Fleet Sales Rebound After April Drop

In May, 168,166 total fleet units were sold, a 14% month-over-month increase compared to 148,118 in April but a 222% increase from May 2020 which recorded 52,203 units. This brings the 2021 year-to-date total combined large rental, commercial, and government purchases of new vehicles to 830,950 units, a .9% decrease from this time in 2020 … Continued

Wholesale Prices Continue Record-Setting Surge, Manheim Index Up Nearly 50% From a Year Ago

Wholesale used vehicle prices (on a mix-, mileage-, and seasonally adjusted basis) increased 4.65% month over month in May. This brought the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index to 203.0, a 48.2% increase from a year ago and a record high for the Index. Manheim Market Report (MMR) prices saw weekly increases in May that slowed as the … Continued

13-Month Rolling Used-Vehicle SAAR

As another data point to monitor the health of the automotive market, according to Cox Automotive estimates, total used vehicle sales were up 3% year over year in May. We estimate the May used SAAR to be 41.0 million, up from 39.9 million last May and flat compared to April. The used retail SAAR takes … Continued

A Segment is (Re)Born

Update – As speculated in the April 14 article on the rebirth of the compact truck segment, Ford confirmed today that it is adding an all-new compact pickup called Maverick to its Built Ford Tough lineup. The company will debut the 2022 Ford Maverick on its new U.S. TikTok channel on Tuesday, June 8. Prior … Continued

When the Pipeline Shut Down, Consumer Interest in EVs Jumped

Early in May the owner and operator of the Colonial Pipeline was hit by a ransomware attack. The Colonial Pipeline is among the biggest fuel lines in the United States, and the ensuing trouble, which forced the company to shut down the line for five days in May, was well documented. Gas stations in the … Continued

Used-Vehicle Prices Open May at All-Time High

Used-vehicle prices hit an all-time high at the opening of May, and supply stabilized though remained well below 2020 and 2019 levels, according to a Cox Automotive analysis of vAuto Available Inventory data. The average listing price surpassed the $22,000 mark for the first time ever in April, closing the month at a new high … Continued

Average New-Vehicle Prices Continue to Climb, up 2.2% Year Over Year for April 2021, According to Kelley Blue Book

The estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United States was $40,768 in April 2021, according to the analysts at Kelley Blue Book. New-vehicle prices increased $864 (up 2.2%) from April 2020, while increasing $92 (up 0.23%) from March 2021.  “Comparing the current market to this time last year, when COVID-19 brought … Continued