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Manheim Market Insights Series: Episode 13

Welcome to the monthly Manheim Market Insights update. Chris Frey, senior manager of economic and industry insights at Cox Automotive, offers a monthly check-in on what we are seeing in the used wholesale and retail markets, all through the wide lens of the data available from Cox Automotive. This month’s video highlights the midmonth Manheim Used … Continued

Fed Holds Rate Policy Steady, But Bond Market Already Raised Actual Rates

As expected, the Fed left rates unchanged, at least regarding the official short-term rate policy. However, they made it clear that additional rate hikes could come, as they remain “highly attentive to inflation risks.” The Fed will hold two more meetings in 2023; one on November 1 and another on December 13. The Fed also … Continued

CPO Sales Continue Trending Higher in August

Certified pre-owned (CPO) sales in August rose nearly 15%, over 12,000 units, over last August to finish at 243,132. This total is up over 12,000 units, a 5% increase from July’s number. Year-to-date CPO sales remain up 8%, or over 134,000 units, compared to the first eight months of 2022. “CPO sales continue at a … Continued

Dealership Service Ticket Volume and Revenue Bounce Back in August, According to Xtime Metrics

According to a recent analysis by Cox Automotive of Xtime metrics, service activity at franchised dealerships in the U.S. rebounded in August following a drop in July. After three months of consecutive declines, service revenue increased. Although the Repair Order Volume Index decreased compared to the previous year, the Repair Order Revenue Index remains higher … Continued

One Week to Go: Cox Automotive Q3 2023 Industry Insights and Sales Forecast Call

The Q3 Cox Automotive Industry Insights and Sales Forecast call will be hosted Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 11 a.m. EDT, shortly before the auto industry closes the book on the third quarter. In the upcoming webinar, Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke and the Economic and Industry Insights team will share valuable data and insights regarding the performance of the consumer, industry, and economy in the … Continued

Wholesale Used-Vehicle Prices Increase in First Half of September

Wholesale used-vehicle prices (on a mix-, mileage-, and seasonally adjusted basis) increased 1.5% from August in the first 15 days of September. The midmonth Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index rose to 215.4, which was down 3.5% from the full month of September 2022. The seasonal adjustment assisted the increase. The non-adjusted price change in the … Continued

Estimated Monthly Used-Vehicle SAAR and Volume

According to Cox Automotive estimates based on vehicle registration data, total used-vehicle sales in August decreased nearly 8% from July to 3 million units. The relatively large month-over-month decline was impacted at least in part by July actuals coming in much higher than expected, due likely to some late June sales being reported in July. … Continued

Auto Market Weekly Summary

The headline, aggregate measure of inflation increased on a seasonally adjusted basis in August. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 0.6%, up from a 0.2% increase in July. Higher fuel prices were a key driver of the increase in August. The core CPI, which excludes Food and Energy, increased 0.3%, which was up from a 0.2% … Continued

New-Vehicle Affordability Improved Again in August

Income and vehicle market dynamics continued to favor consumers in August, as new-vehicle affordability improved again, extending the monthly streak of modest improvement all year. This time, strong income growth and higher incentives were enough to offset somewhat higher prices and steady but high interest rates. Although prices increased slightly, the typical payment also went … Continued

UAW on Strike

As widely expected, the United Auto Workers (UAW) have officially called a strike against the domestic, Detroit-based auto brands (D3). The contract between the UAW and automakers expired Thursday night, and negotiations over a new, four-year contract broke down. The UAW is pushing for major improvements in a number of areas, including wages, cost-of-living adjustments, … Continued