NADA: Rise in New-Vehicle Demand Helps Stabilize Used Prices

Published October 30, 2012

McLEAN, Va. (Oct. 30, 2012) -- After three years of dramatic growth, the average price of used cars and light trucks will rise a modest 1 percent to almost $14,500 this year, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Used Car Guide predicts in its latest special report.

This is part of a continuing trend of decreased prices for used vehicles. During the two-year period from 2009 to 2011, the average price of used vehicles up to 8-years-old increased by 19.7%, or $2,356. But from 2010 to 2011, the average price increased 7.6%.

"This year, used-vehicle price growth hasn't been as robust as the past few years, in part because traditional new-vehicle buyers who purchased used vehicles during the recent economic downturn are returning to the new-vehicle market," said Jonathan Banks, executive automotive analyst with the NADA Used Car Guide.

New-vehicle sales have increased 14.5% year-to-date through September, according to Ward's Auto.

"There is still pent-up demand potential for consumers who typically purchase used vehicles either because of preference or financial reasons, but it's not enough to counter the shift in preference of new-vehicle intenders," Banks added. "The gradual shift in preference back to the new-vehicle market has been a primary factor behind the slight increase in used-vehicle prices this year."

Although used-vehicle prices are leveling off, they will still finish the year at a historically high level.

The report, NADA Used Vehicle Price Forecast: Winter/Spring 2012-2013, was released today.

About the NADA Used Car Guide

Over a 79-year history, the NADA Used Car Guide has earned its reputation as the leading provider of accurate vehicle valuations and auction data. NADA offers a wide range of vehicle values, including those for used passenger car, light-duty and commercial truck, motorcycle, classic car and many more specialty vehicles. Available in a variety of delivery methods, NADA's products and services are used daily throughout the auto, finance, fleet-lease, government and insurance industries. For more information, visit Follow the NADA Used Car Guide on Facebook.

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