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2021 Car Buyer Journey Study Released

The 12th annual Cox Automotive Car Buyer Journey Study reveals that overall car buying satisfaction remains at a near-record level, with the number of highly satisfied buyers higher than before the pandemic. The latest Car Buyer Journey Study finds that the modest retreat from the record high set in 2020 was due mostly to lack … Continued

Ten Predictions for 2022: Cox Automotive Looks Forward Into the Year Ahead

ATLANTA, Jan. 13, 2022 – In the early days of 2022, the Cox Automotive Industry Insights team lays out 10 trends that will shape the auto industry in the year ahead. Overall, the Cox Automotive team is optimistic for the industry. New-vehicle sales are expected to reach 16.0 million, an increase of more than 7% … Continued

Transformation Toward eCommerce in Automotive Retailing

The way the world buys and sells vehicles is changing. It’s not happening all at once and the changes vary by retailer and consumer, but the industry is currently at a major tipping point in its transformation toward eCommerce. We will explore why this transformation is occurring, how to approach this change, and what retailers … Continued

Manheim Index Shows Historic Wholesale Price Increase in October

Wholesale used vehicle prices (on a mix-, mileage-, and seasonally adjusted basis) increased 9.2% month over month in October. This brought the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index to 223.7, a 38.1% increase from a year ago. Some of the monthly increase is a result of the seasonal adjustment, as October typically sees above-average vehicle depreciation … Continued

Wholesale Price Trend Increases for New High in September

Wholesale used vehicle prices (on a mix-, mileage-, and seasonally adjusted basis) increased 5.3% month-over-month in September. This brought the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index to 204.8, a 27.1% increase from a year ago. MANHEIM USED VEHICLE VALUE INDEX September 2021 Manheim Market Report (MMR) values saw accelerating weekly increases throughout September. Over the full … Continued

COVID Swings Pendulum Back to Traditional Vehicle Ownership for Now, According to Cox Automotive Study

ATLANTA (Sept. 29, 2021) – Vehicle ownership (buy/lease) is more important than ever, according to the Cox Automotive 2021 Evolution of Mobility Study. This is a dramatic shift from Cox Automotive’s research in 2018, which signaled that consumer acceptance of alternative shared mobility solutions would begin to supplement traditional vehicle ownership if costs and accessibility … Continued

Cox Automotive’s Charlie Chesbrough Reveals Forecast for Q4 and How Car Dealers Can Prepare

CBT News, Sept. 17, 2021 – The shortage of new vehicle inventory has led to a decline in sales and an uptick in stress for many of you. Cox Automotive is reporting that August was the fourth consecutive month of slowing sales for new vehicles. On this episode, Charlie Chesbrough, senior economist and senior director of … 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

Despite Continued Inventory Troubles, U.S. Automobile Dealer Sentiment Remains Positive, Spurred by Record-High Profits

ATLANTA, Sept. 13, 2021 – As tight vehicle inventory continues to vex the auto industry, U.S. dealer sentiment in the third quarter softened but remains mostly positive and above levels recorded in Q3 2020 and Q3 2019.   The current market index reading of 62 in the most recent Cox Automotive Dealer Sentiment Index (CADSI) indicates that more … 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