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John Sternal's Blog Posts Tagged 'cars' (100)

Spring Market Starts To Peak

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Beggs on the Used Car Market with used car valuation data trends from Black Book and Ricky Beggs. We trust the market has been good to each and every one of you as a buyer, a seller or a player in the lending side of the business. As I stood on the lanes this week I truly appreciate the comments that were made about the market strength, how some vehicles are identified and listed within the guides, and even the effects that actual VIN decoding…

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Added by John Sternal on April 14, 2014 at 7:55am — No Comments

Spring Price Strength Will Go Deeper This Year

According to Black Book® data, used vehicles model years 2008-2012 overall depreciated -0.3% in March, showing continued strength in seasonal retention compared to the -1.1% rate in February. Domestic cars gained in value by +0.7%; import cars depreciated -0.6%; domestic trucks gained in value by +0.6%; and import trucks depreciated -0.8%. Average pre-recession depreciation is historically between -1% and -2% monthly, and Black Book expects overall 2014 depreciation of -13.5%.



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Added by John Sternal on April 10, 2014 at 6:16am — 1 Comment

Used Car Prices Keep Rising

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Beggs on the Used Car Market, with the latest vehicle valuation data from Ricky Beggs and Black Book. We trust you have had a good week on the retail lots, in the auction lanes and airwaves and within the finance offices.



For those of you who have commented over the past several weeks that you expect the market to…

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Added by John Sternal on April 7, 2014 at 8:22am — No Comments

Insights From The Current Sellers Market

With reports of the “sellers are happy” and “it’s a sellers’ market”, the results of the weekly market changes were bound to show continued strength. The only question remaining was just how strong it would actually be after a full week of auction activity. Welcome back to this week’s Used Car Market Report with insights from Ricky Beggs from Black Book.



As I reviewed the…

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Added by John Sternal on March 31, 2014 at 7:59am — No Comments

Spring Selling Season Kicks Into High Gear

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Beggs on the Used Car Market from Black Book. And by springtime, not just because the calendar says we have reached that point in the year, but after talking with a couple of industry folks in Detroit, the DC area and even from two mid-west states, there was a freshness in their voices due to no snow in the air or on the ground, with some sunny…

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Added by John Sternal on March 24, 2014 at 8:58am — No Comments

Since Last Year February Lease Credit Approval Data is up 11%

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports lease credit approvals during the month of February were at 66.6%, down from the 70.5% level in January and 73.3% level in December of 2013. February’s rate was the lowest since September of 2013, when the marketplace saw just 62.9% approvals from credit applicants. So far in 2014 the credit approvals rate stands at 68.3%, close to the level Swapalease.com considers “healthy” at 70.0%. Over the last twelve months, the credit…

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Added by John Sternal on March 18, 2014 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Inside Look At Women Drivers When Leasing a Vehicle



How do women view their car lease experience? Swapalease.com wanted an inside look at how women drivers feel about leasing a vehicle, the shopping experience for a lease, and whether they would like to return to leasing in their next vehicle choice. Highlights from its latest report, "The State Of Women And Car Leasing" is below, and full results may be found on the …

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Added by John Sternal on March 13, 2014 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Spring Season Is Full Of Activity

Here is this week's Used Car Market Report from Ricky Beggs, Editorial Director of Black Book. Everywhere I turned this past week I was being told of 70% to 80% sales conversions definitely indicating a booming market. One buyer even said the opening bid was many times higher than his planned top bid. And the actual…

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Added by John Sternal on March 10, 2014 at 8:31am — No Comments

Dealers Are Beginning The Spring Buying Season

Here is this week's Used Car Market Report with analysis from Ricky Beggs and Black Book. Judging from the overall comments Black Book received this past week and the ultimate level of adjustments based on the auction results and…

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Added by John Sternal on March 3, 2014 at 9:02am — No Comments

Has The Severe U.S Winter Shifted Car Shoppers Preferences?

Has the winter of 2014 altered what kind of vehicle choices are made by drivers? Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports a slight change in vehicle preferences this winter, with utility vehicles replacing certain car segments in many locations.



During the previous three winters, a mix of car segments and smaller utility vehicles carried a large percentage of lease…

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Added by John Sternal on February 25, 2014 at 8:04am — No Comments

Tax Season Has Arrived

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Beggs on the Used Car Market with data from Black Book. Thanks for tuning in this week and also for the comments we received over the past week about the market activity.…

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Added by John Sternal on February 24, 2014 at 8:45am — No Comments

Is Your Lease In Demand Overseas?



Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, believes a growing number of U.S. leases are being taken over for the purpose of getting shipped overseas at the end of term, particularly as fewer lessees and dealers plan to keep the leases because of the changing equity position.

In several European markets, pent-up demand is pushing up local car sales. Exports of U.S. cars have been on the rise, with brands like Ford and Honda showing increasing exports recently. In…

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Added by John Sternal on February 21, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Tax Buying Season May Put a Pause on Expected Used Car Prices Falling

Used car prices are expected to fall -13.5% this year, compared to -12.8% in 2013. However, this rhythm of price drops is expected to take a pause over the next 45-60 days as buyers use their tax rebate checks to purchase used cars, known as the “tax buying season”.

 

If similar patterns follow last year’s trends, keep an eye on the following four segments, which may show price increases in the…

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Added by John Sternal on February 20, 2014 at 8:27am — No Comments

In Seven Weeks For the First Time Cars Are Holding Better Value Than Trucks Are.

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Beggs on the Used Car Market, the very latest used car market data provided by Black Book and Ricky Beggs. Well, at least in the southeastern United…

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Added by John Sternal on February 10, 2014 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Car Leases Monthly Payments Are Steadily Decreasing

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports that the average monthly payment for a car lease on the road today is $572.42, down from an average of $590.38 back in August. Monthly payments on leases have continued to decline stemming from aggressive lease deals and increased incentives offered on leases since 2012.



Compared with year-ago payments, the Chevrolet Cruze has declined the most among the most popular lease vehicles. The average monthly payment for…

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Added by John Sternal on February 5, 2014 at 10:44am — No Comments

Car Lease Drivers Are Escaping Their Car Leases At A New Record Pace

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, says its customers are escaping their car leases at a new record pace. According to data from December 2013 listings, the average months remaining on cars listed during the month was 22.1, a new record for the 14-year-old marketplace. The previous record was 21.8 months remaining, set back in August 2006 and prior to the recession.



With average lease terms still set at 36 months,…

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Added by John Sternal on January 30, 2014 at 11:50am — 1 Comment

From Auction Results To Finance & Dealer Insight

Here is the latest Used Car Market Report from Ricky Beggs and Black Book. I knew it was going to be a great week when a couple of dealers from Ohio, that were on the same flight and whom I did not know, but who watch this video market blog every week, had one of the flight attendants come to my seat and start asking questions about Black Book. I thought this a little strange but like I tell…

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Added by John Sternal on January 29, 2014 at 6:12am — No Comments

2014 Lease Pull Ahead Program

2013 was dubbed the "Year Of The Lease", which means 2014 might be known for the "Year Of The Lease Pull Ahead". What is a lease pull ahead program and how might it impact the automotive industry?

Scot Hall, Executive Vice President of Swapalease.com, offers the following insight.



Lease pull ahead programs are used by manufacturers and dealers to entice lease drivers into turning in their leases early in order to “re-lease” another vehicle. It’s a forgiveness opportunity on…

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Added by John Sternal on January 22, 2014 at 5:53am — No Comments

Used Vehicle Prices Entering Tax Buying Season

Here is the latest used car market valuation report from Ricky Beggs and Black Book. The New Year is now in full swing. A non-SEC team has finally been named college football’s national champion. Now we are just a couple of…

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Added by John Sternal on January 20, 2014 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Vehicle Detainment Ends Stonger in 2013

According to Black Book data, used vehicles model years 2008-2012 overall depreciated -1.4% in December, slightly better retention compared to the -1.7% rate in November. Domestic cars depreciated -1.6%; import cars were -1.3%; domestic trucks were -2.0%; and import trucks were -1.0%. Average pre-recession depreciation is historically between -1% and -2% monthly.



For all…

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Added by John Sternal on January 16, 2014 at 8:28am — No Comments

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