Fleet cars parked and lined up for an auction

Strong November for Manheim fleet vendors with younger, lower mileage stock

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Manheim saw average selling prices for ex-fleet cars at its auctions rise by 2.6% (up £184 to £7,132) in November, compared to the same month last year (£6,948), with prices up in all but two vehicle segments. The average age of de-fleeted stock was six months lower than 2014, with nearly 5,000 fewer miles on the clock.

Fleet cars ready for auctionAverage selling prices in November were down 3.2% from October, reflecting an expected softening in the market as volumes increased following the record new car registration month in September. Overall car auction volume was up 19% from November 2014, following the 33% year-on-year increase seen in October.

The best performing vehicle segments were MPVs, with average selling prices up 5.2% (£444) from October and up by 28.9% (£2,007) year-on-year; and coupes, with average values rising by 3.8% (£426) month-on-month and by 20.4% (£1,975) compared to November 2014.

Daren Wiseman, valuation services manager at Manheim, said: “As significant de-fleeted volumes continue to hit our physical and online auctions, it is unsurprisingly that we saw the market soften slightly in November. However, despite overall year-on-year car volumes increasing by 19%, average selling prices were up by 2.6% compared to the same month last year.”

“The average selling price outperforming November 2014 is all the more impressive since significant increases in ex-fleet volumes (3% and 2%, respectively) were seen in the supermini and small hatchback segments, which are inherently two of the segments with the lowest selling prices.”

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