NAMA Report May 2013

Published 13/06/2013 00:00:00 in Press Releases

The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) published its monthly market report today for May.

The report shows that during May, the average value of used cars sold at auction across the board decreased from £4,860 to £4,772. The total volume of sales strengthened by 13%, from 90,645 units to 102,860, despite two public holidays during the month.

Transactional activity increased substantially in May across all segments, although the largest increases were seen in the Manufacturer/Rental and Fleet segments. The only age bracket that saw a decline in volumes was 0.5 years or less, which was expected at this time of year due to the recent plate change.


Price changes May compared to April, by customer type




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Dealer PX





The Dealer PX segment was up 1.0%, in terms of volume and average price. This was a direct result of the high volume of new car sales to the private buyer which generates plenty of part exchanges, most of which need are not of franchised retail standard and therefore need to go to auction.


4x4 and convertible prices during the last 3 months





Premium 4x4 SUV




4x4 Lifestyle Cars




Prem Upper Medium Convertibles




General Market Convertibles





Prices for the premier upper medium convertibles declined this month and the overall values of the convertible sector remain far below values attained in 2012. 4x4 values have not declined as much with the onset of summer as in previous years. The only logical explanation to this is the inclement weather and this is unlikely to receive a boost as most sources suggest unease over the summer weather forecast.

Justin Lane, NAMA Chairman Comments, “Overall sales volumes across the month were stronger than expected despite the double bank holidays. The fact that overall conversion rates fell during May is not that surprising, although the current level of 74% on average remains higher than it did this time last year. 

“Over the next 6 to 8 weeks, we anticipate the focus will be in both the new and used sectors on family orientated vehicles. Small cars will also remain popular, and we can expect to see a noticeable drop in demand for convertibles as the trade perceives the market will have ended.

“The finance deals on offer in the new car market will continue to have an effect on the late plate used car market. We have already seen evidence of this in recent months where deals have tempted used buyers into a new car. However, this has resulted in a negative impact on the late plate used values which have in some cases stalled.

“The poor quality of cars at auction also looks set to continue. Trade buyers will be looking to buy the poor condition cars at an advantageous price so they have the money to then properly and safely prepare these examples for sale which means vendors will also be under pressure to keep the stock moving”.



Notes for editors: NAMA is the auction division of the RMI.  NAMA market information is based on data supplied by its National members operating in the remarketing sector. The monthly sample size is up to 90,000 vehicles. The full report is available on request.

Keely Scanlan, Press Officer
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The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.

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