LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.—Used vehicle values saw a slight increase in September, thanks to a surge in the values of full-sized pickup trucks, Black Book reports.
The company’s Used Vehicle Retention Index hit an all-time high in September (130.8), a +1.8-point change from August (129.0). The uptick in values continues what many analysts have called surprising strength in the used market this year. However, big declines are expected before year’s end.
“Overall, the Index increased slightly in September,” said Alex Yurchenko, senior vice president, data science at Black Book. “The increase was driven mostly by the strength of the full-size pickup segment in the first part of September as most of the other segments saw a drop in the Index. We expect the continuation of weakening of most of the segments including full-size pickups in the next several months as the economy remains weak and there is an expected glut of used supply.”
The Black Book Used Vehicle Retention Index is calculated using Black Book’s published Wholesale Average value on two- to six-year-old used vehicles, as percent of original typically-equipped MSRP. It is weighted based on registration volume and adjusted for seasonality, vehicle age, mileage, and condition. Click here to obtain a copy of the latest index data.