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December 9, 2021

Car finance market falls 1% by value in November, FLA finds

By Chris Lemmon

The consumer car finance market reported a year-on-year fall in new business of 1% in value and 11% in volume in November, according to the latest Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) figures.

The consumer new car finance market reported a fall in new business of 8% by value and 13% by volume in October compared with the same month in 2020. In the ten months to October 2021, new business volumes in this market were 4% higher than in the same period in 2020.

The percentage of private new car sales financed by FLA members in the twelve months to October 2021 was 93.0%, a similar level to the same period in 2020.

The consumer used car finance market reported new business up 4% by value, but 10% lower by volume in October compared with the same month in 2020. In the ten months to October 2021, new business volumes in this market were 9% higher than in the same period in 2020.

In the ten months to October 2021, new business volumes were 7% higher than in the same period in 2020.

Geraldine Kilkelly, director of research and chief economist at the FLA, said: “The latest consumer car finance market data reflects the ongoing supply shortages of new and used cars. The average advance to consumers for used car purchases reached £15,000 in October as high demand combined with supply pressures saw used car prices grow by almost 23% during the same period.

“The car finance market was quick to recover as the economy opened up, with the value of annual new business in the consumer used car finance market in October only 1% below the pre-pandemic peak. However, the pace of recovery has been hampered by supply shortages which are likely to persist into 2022 as countries across the world contend with new waves and variants of Covid-19.”

Last month, Rebecca McNeil, chief executive of Close Brothers Retail, was named as the new chair of the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA).

Commenting on her appointment, McNeil said: “I’m honoured to be joining the FLA Board. The Association is a formidable advocate for our industry because of its broad membership – that expertise will be vital as we seek the necessary regulatory reform to improve our business environment so that we can ultimately drive good customer outcomes across everything we do.”

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