The average selling price of light commercials sold through Manheim auction centres in December 2016 was £5,401, a rise of 15.7 per cent year-on-year and 4.2 per cent compared with the previous month. Buyers were out in force, both physically and online which accounted for 34 per cent of December sales, and vendors were active right up until Christmas Eve.
Average age and mileage of vans sold fell both month-on-month and year-on-year, dropping by three months and 1,277 miles (16.8 per cent) from November to 62 months and 74,656 miles. Although the year-on-year reductions in age and mileage were small, the December market saw prices rise by £731 from the same month in 2015, underlining the very healthy state of the commercial vehicle sector in the final quarter of the year. The month-on-month increase in average selling price of £219 was also impressive and nearly reached the level seen in October, the strongest month of the year.
As a whole, the final quarter of 2016 saw an increase of 20 per cent in year-on-year volumes, with slightly lower average age and mileage, but an incredible uplift of £471 in average selling price; all on the back of record performance in 2015. The CV market continues to go from strength to strength and Manheim smashed virtually every previous record in 2016.
“In my opinion, we have witnessed one of the strongest quarters on record for commercial vehicles and this encouraged vendors to continue selling until very late in the month, when they have previously held on to stock,” said Matthew Davock, head of LCV at Manheim. “We saw younger stock enter the market place in December and this had a very positive impact on our average selling price, and more importantly fuelled the appetite among buyers to continue to buy stock in what is usually a softer purchasing month.”
“We closed out 2016 at Manheim with some amazing figures, all of which were underpinned by our ever-growing and very loyal buyer base, which has increased by 14 per cent year-on-year, helping us maintain our position as the UK’s number one CV auction company. We have seen an increase of 28 per cent in buyers choosing to purchase online, reaping the benefits of our 360° imagery and industry-leading inspection reports, which gives them the confidence to buy online.” “As we begin 2017, we look forward to new and exciting challenges and we are in the best possible position to further extend our position at the forefront of the industry.”