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Used car finance bounced back in June but new car finance still struggled

Time 1 year ago

Business in the consumer used car finance market bounced back in June, new figures show.

The Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) said the car finance market grew nine per cent by value and two per cent by volume in June 2020 compared with the same month in 2019.

In the first half of 2020, the market reported new business volumes 32 per cent lower than in the same period in 2019, said the organisation.


Meanwhile, the new car finance market reported a fall in new business of 16 per cent by value and 21 per cent by volume in June 2020 compared with the same month in 2019.

In the first half of 2020, new business volumes in this market fell by 42 per cent compared with the same period in 2019. The percentage of private new car sales financed by FLA members held steady in the twelve months to June 2020 at 94.3 per cent.

Geraldine Kilkelly, head of research and chief economist at the FLA, said: ‘The consumer used car finance market led the recovery in June as showrooms began to re-open.

‘Monthly new business volumes in this market were back to normal levels following the record low reported in April. The consumer new car finance market has taken a little longer to bounce back, but new car registrations figures suggest the market returned to growth in July.


‘While the latest FLA figures are encouraging, the economic outlook remains highly uncertain. The motor finance market is faced with a prolonged period of significant demand for forbearance.

‘To meet this and the pent-up demand for new credit, we continue to urge the government and Bank of England to ensure that all lenders, including non-banks, have access to financial support schemes.’

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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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