NAMA Report September 2013

Published 15/10/2013 00:00:00 in Press Releases

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

The report shows that during September, the average value of used cars sold at auction across the board increased 4.5% from £4,899 to £5,118. The total volume of sales rose 6.3% from 92,255 units to 98,000 units, driven by last month’s plate change.

Transactional activity increased in September across all but the budget age profiles, although this is a consequence of especially high growth in this age profile during August. Overall, transaction volumes were up over 24% compared to September 2012, the only exception was for 3.6 - 4.5 year old examples. This was due to the relative shortage of 2009 and 2010 plated vehicles in the auctions.

Price changes September compared to August, by customer type




Diff %

Late & Low








PX (Young)




PX (Old)








NOTES:    Late & Low are cars from: 0 - 2.5 Years

Fleet are cars from: 2.6 – 4.5 Years    PX (young) are cars from: 4.6 – 6.5 Years

PX (Old) are cars from: 6.6 – 10.5 Years     Budget: >10.5 Years


Late & Low was the only age profile to see a drop in average price, although this can be partially explained by an increase in average mileage, as well as a substantial increase in volumes sold. The sector has also seen a high level of vehicles being discounted, prompted by the manufacturers need to sell new cars.


4x4 and convertible prices during the last 3 months





Premium 4x4 SUV




4x4 Lifestyle Cars




Prem Upper Medium Convertibles




General Market Convertibles




There was a significant rise in value for premium SUVs and Lifestyle 4x4s and following last year’s winter, it is likely that dealers are preparing themselves for this to happen again this year. By contrast, prices for convertibles have fallen from their seasonal highs and appear to be continuing a steady decline in value.

Paul Hill, Manheim Regional Director Comments, “The sustained retail demand bought good news for auction and trade activity, ensuring that there was a route to market for the increased supply of used cars that is normal for this time of year. As expected, contract hire and leasing de-fleet activity was in full flow once again following the summer season.

“It is surprising to see a jump in premium 4x4 values which have already remained strong through 2013. It is likely this is due to dealers actively buying stock ahead of the winter.

“Retail activity remained strong and dealers will have been surprised at the level of activity in the used car market. We hope to see this demand continue through to early November, however the change in weather could have a negative impact on this.”



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.

Rupal Rawal, Communications Assistant
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