Small stars in gloom

Time 8:15 am, August 18, 2008

52110-h-wha.jpgMARKET conditions are getting tougher. And as they do, demand for smaller budget models gets stronger.

Manheim’s monthly Market Analysis auction review shows that overall prices for July were down 8.7 per cent compared with 2007.

Mike Pilkington, MD of auctions and remarketing, summed it up: ‘The tougher market for wholesale used cars first reported earlier this year – and further undermined by the seasonal downturn at this time of the year – looks set to continue for some time.’

‘However, reassuringly, interest in the lower priced ‘budget’ vehicles at auction remains high, confirming that there continues to be demand in the marketplace if the price is right.’

Superminis, up 4.2 per cent in June, didn’t enjoy the same gains in July, but small and large coupes were up 2.6 per cent and 1.3 per cent respectively.

Contrast that with compact executives down 7.3 per cent, medium family cars down 8.5 per cent, and large family down by over 10 per cent.

For compact execs, that represents a £570 loss compared with June.

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