KBB Sees Wholesale Prices Relatively Flat in February

Alec Gutierrez, Kelley Blue Book

Alec Gutierrez
Manager, Vehicle Valuation
Kelley Blue Book

Used-car values were relatively flat in February, declining scant 0.4%. Although most segments generally were flat or down slightly overall, fuel efficient subcompact and compact cars improved 1.1%, due in large part to a more than $0.20 per gallon increase in gasoline prices; Rest of market has been held flat by improving supply at auction.

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Relief in Used Vehicle Supply at Auction Should Come from Increased Trade-ins from Growing New Vehicle Market:
As well as potential year-over-year increase of 300,000 units or more in off-lease units.

Used Vehicle Supply Expected to Continue to Improve:
Kelley Blue Book anticipates values will remain relatively steady through spring.

KBB Advises Dealers Looking to Load Up on Inventory to Proceed with Caution:
Especially those expecting repeat of strong wholesale gains in both 2011 and 2012 MY vehicles in spring market.



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