The scorching used automotive market is displaying indicators of slowing down, in accordance with an govt at one of many high auto retailers within the U.S.
“New automotive inventories are going to get higher progressively over the subsequent few months as we get to the top of the yr,” Jeff Dyke, president of Sonic Automotive, mentioned on CNBC’s “Worldwide Alternate” on Friday. “As that occurs, it’ll alleviate the quantity of stock points that’s occurring on the pre-owned aspect.”
The typical transaction worth for a used automotive was $25,410 within the second quarter of 2021, up from $22,977 within the first quarter and 21% year-over-year, according to data from on-line automotive useful resource Edmunds. That determine marks the very best common worth over 1 / 4 for a used automotive that Edmunds has ever tracked.
Nevertheless, Dyke says there are indicators that the market is leveling off, with costs dropping by as a lot as $2,000 for a used automotive over the course of July as the provision of latest vehicles is beginning to enhance.
“Proper now, we have about an eight- to nine-day provide of latest vehicles on the bottom. Should you take our BMW model that we now have 15 shops with, by the point we get to October and November we’ll have a 25- to 30-day provide that is going to start out regenerating pre-owned stock for all of the sellers, and that’ll assist alleviate the pricing,” Dyke mentioned. “We have by no means seen this earlier than the place you may have an inversion the place wholesale costs are actually greater than retail costs, however that is all coming to an finish.”
The boosted worth of trade-in alternatives will possible immediate new automotive patrons to supply their present car as much as dealerships and retailers. The typical trade-in worth of a used car in June was $21,224, up 75.6% year-over-year, in accordance with Edmunds.
As compared, the common price of a brand new automotive within the second quarter was $40,827, up from $40,070 within the first quarter and a 5% enhance year-over-year, in accordance with Edmunds.
Semiconductor scarcity impacting auto trade
A used automotive dealership is seen in Annapolis, Maryland on Might 27, 2021, as many automotive dealerships throughout the nation are working low on new autos as a pc chip scarcity has brought on manufacturing at many car manufactures to almost cease.
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New automotive stock has been hampered because of the continued scarcity of semiconductor chips, a problem that’s lingering.
Final week, General Motors halted most of its U.S. and Mexican production of full-size pickup trucks like the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra. Production is expected to resume this week, the company said.
Ford also cut its North American vehicle production in July through early August due to a shortage of chips, impacting vehicles like the Ford F-150, Bronco Sport, and Explorer. The company said in its earnings last week that supplies of the critical parts are improving, however it lost production of about 700,000 vehicles during the second quarter. In April, Ford forecast an adverse effect of about $2.5 billion from the semiconductor shortage, which it declined to provide an update to last week when it reported.
While Dyke said he does expect the chip shortage to “alleviate here in the coming months,” the tight car supply has been beneficial to companies like Sonic Automotive that sell used cars.
Sonic Automotive had $3.4 billion in revenue during its second quarter ending June 30, up 58.7% year-over-year and a new quarterly record for the company. Specifically, revenue for used vehicles grew 56.6% year-over-year.
EchoPark Automotive, a division of Sonic Automotive that sells pre-owned vehicles, also set a record for quarterly earnings with $595.6 million in revenue, up 88.9% year-over-year. Retail sales volume was up 68.9% year-over-year.
Sonic Automotive announced it is undertaking a strategic review of EchoPark, citing the success of the division and confidence in a runway for continued expansion. One option could be spinning the division off as a new public company, though Sonic Automotive has said it is considering a full range of alternatives.
Several other used-car chains have gone public in recent years, including Carvana in 2017 and Vroom in 2020.
CarMax, the largest used-car dealer in the U.S., saw its revenue increase 138.4% year-over-year in its 2022 fiscal first quarter ending May 31, to $7.7 billion. The company sold 452,188 units through its retail and wholesale channels during the quarter, up 128% from the previous year.