20% increase in used car prices as demand outstrips supply

Data from the UK’s leading online motor finance marketplace reports an average purchase price of £9,820 in July 2021, 20.31% up from £8,162 pre-pandemic

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CarFinance 247, the UK’s leading online motor finance marketplace, has reported a 20% rise in the price of vehicles sold.

The data showing an average purchase price of £9,820 in July 2021 up from £8,162 in July 2019, mirrors reports of rising used car inflation and is being blamed on reduced stock levels. The number of vehicles listed on the platform by CarFinance 247’s network of around 4,000 independent dealers dropped from 130k to 105k in the first six months of the year, as the number of used cars rolling onto forecourts dipped.

New car manufacturers are coming under pressure from the global semiconductor shortage, an increasingly important component in modern vehicles, leading some manufacturers to temporally stop production. Demand for vehicles is also on the rise, as the UK economy recovers, with CarFinance 247 financing 38% more cars in July 2021 than July 2020. Reduced supply combined with increased demand for vehicles has created a perfect storm for used car price inflation.

As prices continue to rise, CarFinance 247 has also seen an increase in the part exchange value its consumers are receiving from dealers. This has been reflected in the deposits put down on vehicles by buyers, which have doubled since 2019.

With car prices growing rapidly, CarFinance 247 is seeing a surge demand for its services, with applications for finance soaring to 95,000 a month, leading the firm to increase its workforce by 20%.

Commenting on the data, Reg Rix, co-CEO of the 247 Group, said: “The UK’s used car market is booming. At the same time as consumers are keen to back on the road, the global supply of new cars has nosedived. New cars are equipped with more technology than ever and this, alongside increased demand for new consoles and phones, has pushed worldwide stocks of computer chips to breaking point. New car manufacturers can’t get the parts, and this is causing the squeeze in the used car market.

“Dealers in our network have found it tough sourcing vehicles during the pandemic and have reported a decrease in units sold but a rise in margins over the past few months. Now that CAP and Glass’s valuations have adjusted in line with demand, loan to values have normalised but purchasing will still be a challenge. Even so, consumers are increasingly looking to CarFinance 247 to bridge the gap between the car they want and the deposit they have. Our team has been working hard to help consumers find and finance their dream car, but demand is so strong that we’re in the process of hiring 125 additional employees.”

* The UK's largest online car finance broker by unique users to the website. Based on Similar Web data – 1,137,647 to CarFinance 247 vs. 753,819 for nearest competitor. January to June 2023.

CarFinance 247 is a trading name of CarFinance 247 Limited. Registered office: Universal Square, Devonshire Street North, Manchester, M12 6JH. Registered in England. (Registration Number 06035525).

CarFinance 247 is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority for insurance distribution and credit broking (Firm Reference Number: 653019). CarFinance 247 is registered with the ICO (Registration Number Z1897658).

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