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251012 bca logoUsed car values at a record high – BCA

The average value rose just by just £1 against July but £503 over last year.

Fleet/lease values increased by 2.3% to the third highest point on record, while average dealer part-exchange values were the fourth highest recorded.

Simon Henstock, BCA chief operating officer UK remarketing, said: “August was a strong month in the used wholesale markets.

“Prices have improved as inventory has dropped and conversion rates have risen with first time sales – which are critical to churn – also improving.

“Reports from managers across BCA’s 23 strong network also bear this out, with both car and LCV sales performing strongly, despite being at the height of the summer holiday season.”

He added “Our Pulse report for July saw a steady marketplace with the average values at record levels and August has improved on that performance.

“It has been a strong month with good levels of demand and with the September plate change nearly upon us, we can expect the markets to be very busy indeed over the coming weeks.”

Year-on-year table: All cars


VWScandal1Emissions scandal fails to dent VW brand appeal

The emissions scandal has failed to dent Volkswagen Group brand residual values – or consumer used car appeal.

A year ago this week news of Volkswagen using a defeat device to alter the results of emissions tests broke.

But despite the widespread media coverage sales of VW Group cars have not dropped and second-hand models have not plummeted in price – the Volkswagen Golf and Polo still among the top 10 cars sold so far this year.’s depreciation database, which helps motorists calculate how much money their car will lose based on age and mileage, shows VW, Audi and Skoda models retain above average value after three years and/or 36,000 miles.

The lack of depreciation is borne out by the UK public’s view of the mainstream VW Group brands (VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat). A survey* conducted by shows that three in five motorists (59%) are just as likely to buy from VW brands as they were before the scandal.

What Car? editor Steve Huntingford said: “I’m sure there are motorists out there who were rubbing their hands in glee at the thought of used VW prices falling off a cliff because of the emissions debacle.

“That simply hasn’t come to pass, however, and while the VW story continues to rumble on a year after the story first came to light, the Golf and Polo are still among the most popular new cars in the UK and are holding above average value.

“What this reflects is the fact that, although VW has cheated and undoubtedly still has a job to do to retain the trust of its customers going forwards, it still makes cars that consumers want to buy.”

Overall, VW models retain 42.21%** of their original value now, down 2.7% compared with just before the scandal broke.

Audi models have depreciated a similar amount in the same timescale, dropping from retaining 47.58% of their original value in July 2015 to 44.72% in June this year, a fall of 2.9%.

Seat and Skoda models have also depreciated post-scandal, but only by negligible amounts, with drops of 0.46% and 0.43% respectively.


221012 IAM campaignThree-quarters of drivers want insurance against hackers

Seventy-four per cent of drivers think insurers should provide cover for damage caused by hackers accessing control systems in driverless cars, according to a survey by road safety charity IAM RoadSmart.

Almost 1,200 people responded to the survey which sought opinions on what driverless cars will mean for them as the UK heads towards autonomous vehicles becoming mainstream.

The results of this survey have been used to guide IAM RoadSmart’s response to the Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles’ consultation, Pathway to Driverless Cars.

When asked whether they agree with the proposal that in future insurers must include cover for driverless cars in their new policies, almost half – 46% – said this was a good or very good idea.

However, this view shifted when asked whether they’d still agree if this adds to the cost of insurance for all drivers, with 68% disagreeing with the proposition, versus 23% who agreed.

Those surveyed were largely not in favour of driver assistance systems being able to take over from the driver. When asked if they agreed with amending Highway Code rule 150, ‘do not rely on driver assistance systems’, 55% said no compared to 35% who said yes.

And when it comes to self-driving cars manoeuvring themselves with no occupant in the car, those surveyed were vehemently against changing the rules to allow it.

When asked if the Highway Code rules (which currently say that you should be in full control of a vehicle and switch off the engine when you are not in it) should be changed to allow a car to park itself, just 6% supported this statement strongly. Some 13% supported it, but 69% didn’t support it at all.


Posted by Sue Robinson on 16/09/2016