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Car finance market fell 10 per cent in August – FLA

  • Consumer car finance market fell 10 per cent year-on-year in August, says FLA
  • New car finance down 13 per cent by value and 18 per cent by volume
  • Semiconductor shortage to blame

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The consumer car finance market saw a 10 per cent year-on-year fall in new business volumes in August, new figures show.

The Finance and Leasing Association (FLA) said the drop was mostly impacted by the semiconductor chip shortage that continues to affect new vehicle production, leading to supply issues.

As a result, new car finance was down 13 per cent by value and 18 per cent by volume in August, the organisation said.

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Year-to-date figures show volumes are up 16 per cent on the same period in 2020, though this is compared with the height of the pandemic when dealerships were forced to close for months.

The consumer car finance market saw a fall in new business volumes of 10 per cent in August, compared with the same month last year.

This was mostly impacted by the semiconductor chip shortage that continues to affect new vehicle production, leading to supply issues.

As a result, new car finance was down 13 per cent by value and 18 per cent by volume in August, according to the figures released by the Finance and Leasing Association (FLA).


Year-to-date figures show volumes are up 16 per cent on the same period in 2020, though this is compared with the height of the pandemic when dealerships were forced to close for months.

Commenting on the figures, Geraldine Kilkelly, director of research and chief economist at the FLA, said: ‘Supply issues in the new car market caused by the shortage of semi-conductors continue to hamper the recovery of the automotive industry following the pandemic.

‘New business volumes in the consumer new car finance market fell for a second consecutive month in August and the near-term outlook is likely to be weaker than previously expected.

‘By contrast, the consumer used car finance market remains relatively strong, with annual new business by value in August only one per cent below its pre-pandemic peak.’

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer.

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