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With New-Vehicle Inventory Tight, Incentive Program Volume Predictably Dips in Q3

With new-vehicle inventory tight throughout the quarter, incentive program volume was down year over year in Q3 and down from the 5-year average. Incentive spend as a percent of average transaction price is also down, according to recent data from Kelley Blue Book. Incentive program volumes, as measured by the Cox Automotive Rates & Incentive team, … Continued

Kelley Blue Book Reports Vehicle Shoppers Exiting Market as Inventory Shortages Continue to Plague Auto Industry

August was the fourth straight month of slowing new-vehicle sales. The global chip shortage is the main culprit as the resulting dearth of inventory pushes prices to record highs. A second round of consumer research conducted by Kelley Blue Book finds that nearly half of car shoppers are exiting the market and delaying their purchase … Continued

Still Tight Used-Vehicle Inventory Pushes Prices Higher

The average listing price for used vehicles set another record in August as vehicle inventory dipped, according to the Cox Automotive analysis of vAuto Available Inventory data. Though available supply fell, days’ supply held steady throughout August because sales slowed. 2.35M Total UnsoldUsed Vehiclesend of August 40 Days’ Supply $25,829 Average Listing Price 67,811 Average … Continued

Wholesale Prices Increase Halfway Through September

Wholesale used vehicle prices (on a mix-, mileage-, and seasonally adjusted basis) increased 3.6% in the first 15 days of September compared to the month of August. This brought the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index to 201.4, a 24.9% increase from September 2020. Manheim Market Report (MMR) prices saw a strong increase through the first … Continued

New-Vehicle Affordability Declines to New Low in August

With market dynamics leading to record prices and at least a decade-low for the month of August in incentives, new-vehicle affordability declined again in August. Without improving incomes, the decline in affordability would have been even worse. The number of median weeks of income needed to purchase the average new vehicle in August increased to … Continued

New-Vehicle Inventory Volume Drops in August, Days’ Supply Stabilizes

Revised Oct. 14, 2021 – The total volume of new-vehicle inventory declined again in August, as automakers continue to struggle with production due to the computer chip shortage, according to a Cox Automotive analysis of vAuto Available Inventory data. The days’ supply has been holding steady over the past month. 1.01M Total Inventoryas of Aug. 23, 2021 … Continued

New-Vehicle Prices Surge to Record Highs for Fifth Straight Month, According to Kelley Blue Book

According to a new report from Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle prices hit another all-time high in August 2021, marking the fifth straight record-setting month. At $43,355, the average transaction price (ATP) for a new vehicle was up nearly 10% ($3,789) from one year ago in August 2020, and up 1.6% ($685) from July 2021.  Yet … Continued

Auto Credit Availability Slightly Expands in August

Access to auto credit expanded slightly in August according to the Dealertrack Credit Availability Index for all types of auto loans. The All Loans Index increased 0.4% to 98.5 in August, reflecting that auto credit was slightly easier to get in the month compared to July. Access was looser by 6.0% year over year, but … Continued

CPO Sales Fall in August, Barely Sustain Record Pace

Certified pre-owned (CPO) sales reached 222,942 units in August. This sales level reflects a 10% month-over-month decrease and a 7% year-over-year decrease when CPO sales continued their strong performance in August 2020 as an important part of the used-vehicle market recovery. The year-over-year decrease was less than the overall used-vehicle market decline of 12%. A … Continued

Wholesale Price Trend Reverses Course in August

Wholesale used vehicle prices (on a mix-, mileage-, and seasonally adjusted basis) decreased 0.4% month over month in August. This brought the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index to 194.5, an 18.8% increase from a year ago. The seasonal adjustment caused the monthly decline as the non-seasonally adjusted average price increased 1.4% in August, which left … Continued