FLA chief economist Geraldine Kilkelly
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BUSINESS volumes in the point of sale (POS) consumer new car finance market fell by 16% in September, compared with the same month in 2017.

New figures from the Finance and Leasing Association also showed the value of new business was 14% lower over the same period.

In Q3 2018 overall, new business fell 4% by value and 6% by volume.

The percentage of private new car sales financed by FLA members through the POS was 90.9% in the twelve months to September 2018.

The POS consumer used car finance market reported new business in September up 9% by value and 3% by volume, compared with the same month in 2017.

Geraldine Kilkelly, Head of Research and Chief Economist at the FLA, said: “Recent trends in the POS consumer new car finance market have reflected those for private new car sales which have been affected by changes to emission standards introduced in September.

“The POS consumer car finance market overall reported new business volumes up by 3% in the first nine months of 2018, in line with expectations of single-digit growth for the year as a whole.”

Table 1: Cars bought on finance by consumers through dealerships  
New businessSep 2018% change on prev. year3 months to Sep 2018% change on prev. year12 months to Sep 2018% change on prev. year
New cars      
Value of advances (£m)2,526-144,877-419,314+2
Number of cars123,173-16242,927-6963,771-5
Used cars      
Value of advances (£m)1,460+94,527+1217,184+14
Number of cars117,543+3371,010+61,444,464+8
Total cars      
Value of advances (£m)3,985-79,404+436,498+7
Number of cars240,716-7613,937+12,408,235+2

 

Table 2: Cars bought on finance by businesses    
New businessSep 2018% change on prev. year3 months to Sep 2018% change on prev. year12 months to Sep 2018% change on prev. year
New cars      
Number of cars31,301-2298,347-15431,842-10
Used cars      
Number of cars4,515+2512,915-1755,116-6

 

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