Used car values have experienced the worst slump in over three years
28 July 2008

Used car values have suffered their biggest slump in over three years according to British Car Auctions.

The auctioneer’s latest report shows that the average value of a used car in the UK fell to £5332 in the second quarter of the year, a fall of £390 compared to the previous quarter. The falls took place across all the three of BCA’s market sectors: fleet & lease, part-exchange and nearly new.

Anecdotal evidence from within the motor industry suggests that some models are still selling strongly, especially nearly-new mid-sized diesels. But high fuel prices have strangled demand for large-engined petrol models, with or without premium badges, with traders reporting that some cars are effectively unsaleable.

According to BCA’s communications director, Tony Gannon, “June was a particularly tough month and we expect more of the same for July. Despite this, demand is still there for good quality product if it is valued in line with market sentiment.”

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28 July 2008

At the end of May I traded my BMW 330i Convertible in against a 120d Sport at an independent dealer. I thought I got a good deal at the time, a much better one than Main Dealers were offering, and I was right. Despite the dealer telling me that he would have no problem selling the car I noticed that it was on his website last week for £1000 less than I received as a trade-in, in seven weeks, in summer, with a premium convertible.

28 July 2008

Is now the time to get myself a 2nd hand Jag and have it converted to LPG ?? Hmmm.

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