It is encouraging to see that the wholesale used car market continued to grow strongly in October with a positive entry level and overall conversion rates of 82%.

The report published this week shows in October:

• First time conversion rates decreased by just -1.3% to 82% from September to October.

• Diesel converted at 82.6%, up 0.8% on the same period last year

• There remains a significant gap between the average sale price of petrol and diesel cars at £3,862 for petrol and £7,119 for diesel

• The first time premium was up by £106 on the same period last year

This has been another very buoyant month for the used car market, with data so far this month indicating that the trend is due to continue into November.

The last 3 months have seen first time conversion rates and average values up. Conversion rates have been extremely strong this year and month on month 2018 has consistently outperformed the last 2 years in this key selling metric.

It has also been reported that sales attendance at auctions remained high during the month, with professional buyers bidding competitively across all market sectors, both at auction and online.

We believe both demand and prices in the used market will remain high for the remainder of 2018 and into the New Year.

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