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Cox Automotive Auto Market Report: September 14

The video below is part of a biweekly Auto Market Report series focusing on data and insights that provide a holistic view of the auto industry. Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke leads our effort to translate data and trends into actionable insights. Download this week’s presentation.

Auto Market Weekly Summary

New daily COVID-19 cases declined last week, but the Labor Day holiday caused at least some of the decline. Jobless claims continued to decline to new lows for the pandemic, and consumer sentiment edged out a small gain for the week thus far. Used retail sales were stable in August compared to July and remain … 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

Auto Market Weekly Summary

The surging Delta variant of COVID-19 is having a major impact on the economy, especially on jobs. August saw a big deceleration in job creation, including zero new jobs created in Leisure & Hospitality, which had been growing fast. Pending home sales fell in July. Consumer confidence and sentiment continue to fade as COVID cases … Continued

Fleet Sales Decrease Slightly in August, Rental Comeback Continues

In August, 112,069 total fleet units were sold, a 3% month-over-month decrease compared to 115,976 in July and an 11% increase from August 2020 which recorded 101,159 units. This brings the 2021 year-to-date total combined large rental, commercial, and government purchases of new vehicles to 1.2 million units, a 6% increase from this time in … Continued

Cox Automotive Auto Market Report: August 31

The video below is part of a biweekly Auto Market Report series focusing on data and insights that provide a holistic view of the auto industry. Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke leads our effort to translate data and trends into actionable insights. Download this week’s presentation.

Auto Market Weekly Summary

The growth trend in new daily COVID-19 cases continued last week, but the pace of growth is slowing. Consumer sentiment declined again in August. Consumer spending slowed while inflation rose to its highest level in more than 30 years. The savings rate increased again as income growth outpaced spending growth. Jobless claims rose from their … Continued

Is There Such Thing as a Good Labor Day Deal in Today’s New Car Market?

It wasn’t that long ago when shoppers were overwhelmed with advertisements for incredible deals and offers on new cars:  loyalty cash, conquest cash, retail cash, holiday bonus cash, dealer cash, lease cash … cash, cash, cash and more cash!  Car companies used to celebrate more holidays than Hallmark has greeting cards. But all that cash … Continued