Fleet values reached a new high point too, averaging nearly £8k as BCA sold a slightly richer mix of cars during the month.
Month-on-month values improved in all three main market-sectors in a complete reverse of the figures from last month.
Fleet/lease values improved by 3.8 per cent month-on-month, part-exchange values saw a modest rise of £35, equivalent to an improvement of 1.2 per cent, while values increased by over £2,500 in the nearly-new sector – an increase resulting from changing model-mix in a low volume sector.
Across the board, values improved from £5,599 to £6,098, reversing two months of declines and returning to an average value broadly on a par with those seen between November 2011 and February of this year.
Used cars averaged 95.4 per cent of CAP Clean in May, up by nearly a point compared to April, while average age and mileage dropped slightly over the month, down to 62.5 months and 59,600 miles.
Year-on-year, May 2012 is a substantial 5.3 per cent ahead of 2011, while average age and mileage have climbed by 0.6 per cent and 1.7 per cent respectively in the same period.
BCA’s communications director Tony Gannon said: ‘While May posted significantly improved figures compared to April, the market is now moving into a period over the summer months where we expect values to remain relatively flat.
‘Families are now thinking about paying for their summer holidays, and while the Diamond Jubilee is now behind us, we still have the distractions of the London Olympics and the European Football Championships to come.
‘History tells us these types of events have short-term effects on the retail sector and therefore impact on demand in the wholesale car market.’