Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices Rise in February
MANHEIM CONSULTING -- Wholesale used vehicle prices increased significantly again in February. Seasonally adjusted, February’s rise was 3.7%, which came on the heels of a 3.8% increase in January. The Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index now stands at 105.5, which represents a year-over-year decline of 2.4%.
Some analysts have suggested that the rapid rise in wholesale used vehicle pricing is a precursor to an improvement in new vehicle sales and may even point to a recovery in the overall economy. It’s more likely, however, that the turnaround in wholesale used vehicle values is a necessary, but not a sufficient, condition for a better new vehicle market. That’s especially true given that the recent rise in auction pricing has been driven in large part by supply dynamics that were created by the unprecedented slowdown in new vehicle sales.
HT: Scott Grannis, Calafia Beach Pundit, mentioned tonight on CNBC's The Kudlow Report.