Cox Estimates Used-Vehicle Sales Decrease

By Staff Writer May 08, 2024 617

Cox Automotive released estimates that retail used-vehicle sales in April were down 4% compared to March but higher year over year by 9%, assessing retail vehicle sales based on observed changes in units tracked by vAuto. The average retail listing price for a used vehicle was up 2% over the last four weeks.   

Using estimates of retail used days’ supply based on vAuto data, an initial assessment indicates April ended at 45 days’ supply, up two days from 43 days at the end of March but down one day from April 2023 at 46 days.

April’s total new light-vehicle sales were down 3.3% from last year, and volume was down 9.1% from March. The April sales pace, or seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), came in at 15.7 million, up just 0.4% from last year and up slightly from March’s 15.6 million level. 

Combined sales into large rental, commercial, and government fleets declined 5.6% year over year in April. Including an estimate for fleet deliveries into dealer and manufacturer channels, the remaining retail sales were estimated to be down 1.2% from last year, leading to an estimated retail SAAR of 12.9 million, up 0.2 million from last year’s pace, and up from March’s 12.8 million level. Fleet market share was estimated to be 17.5%, down from last year’s 19.3% share. 

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