Entry Level Car Segment Values Decrease

May 20, 2013
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This past week, there was a continuing climb in gasoline prices, now totaling an increase of $0.08 per gallon over the past two weeks and narrowing the difference to only $0.11 under the price one year ago.


"Is there a correlation of gasoline price increases to the market movement?" asked Ricky Beggs, editorial director for Black Book in his recent Beggs on the Market Report.  

Within the car segments, the most economical segment, the Entry Level Cars, actually had the largest declining movement this past week at a change of -$59. For the fourth-consecutive week, all 10 car segments declined with an average change of -$40 and the most recent three week average change of -$41. The car market segments are all reaching pretty similar levels with the segment variance pretty narrow, now at only $36 from the -$59 of the Entry Level Cars to the low market change of -$23 for the Premium Sporty Cars.

There was more week-over-week movement within the truck segments, according to Beggs.

From an average segment change of -$24 this past week we were down to only one segment increasing, the Mid-size Pickups at +$21. This segment has held positive weekly changes for the past four weeks and for nine of the past ten weeks. This is interesting market movement as several of the included models within the Mid-size Pickup segment have now left the new market offerings in the past year.

"We continue to watch the late models that are closest to competing against the new model sales. These get mentioned the most when the topic of no sales appears," Beggs noted. "And, as one commercial remarketer said to me this past week, there is another model-year coming in just a few months, so what’s not expected here. As a survey reporter in Tennessee commented that buyers are being selective, another report from Nevada said, 'and quality sells.' And as we all know, it will bring a premium, no matter the overall market trending."

"The auction network is very important to the used-vehicle marketplace, and also the very long term support Black Book has given to the many auctions and the National Auto Auction Association," according to Beggs. 
"We would like to throw out huge congratulations to Jimmy Rawls and all of the auction team at Rawls Auto Auction in Leesville, SC, as they celebrated their 75th Anniversary and for also being the oldest auto auction in the United States. We know they have served their dealers and consignors well since the first hammer fell 75 years ago."

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