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Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index
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2015 Used Car Market Report
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by Alan Massey

Vehicles with an Electronic Condition Report (ECR), are three times more likely to receive a bid, and are twice as likely to sell as a vehicle without an ECR.

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Since 2005, Manheim Consulting has conducted research and performance studies for the company’s largest dealer and commercial clients, while providing a broader perspective on the industry at large for those who follow the automotive sector. Our team leverages our industry-leading data set to illuminate new remarketing trends, optimize location or sales channel utilization, benchmark client performance against peers, publish studies on leading practices, and bring macroeconomic trends into remarketing context.

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Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index

Wholesale Prices Rise Again in January

January’s price rise pushed used vehicle values to their highest level since April 2012. The fact that wholesale prices are now back to a level last seen when off-lease volumes were at their trough is contrary to expectations of most analysts. Wholesale prices are not, however, in conflict with the continued rise in new vehicle transaction prices (net of incentives) or the strong retail used vehicle results being reported by most dealers.

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Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index
January 2015

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Used Car Market Report

The Manheim annual Used Car Market report examines the economic underpinnings of the entire used vehicle market and sector-specific trends that influence the supply and pricing of used vehicles.

This report highlights market conditions and buyer and seller strategies within the used vehicle marketplace, provides an update on digital and mobile technology developments. It also includes an annual look at the various industry components, including dealer, rental, repossessions, leasing, and salvage.

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Impact of Delayed Titles at Auction

Roughly 35% of all vehicles at auction are sold without the physical presence of a title. When broken out by seller type, over 90% of all commercial sales are conducted with a title, while only 42.3% of dealer sales are. The seller must announce lack of title as the car runs down the lane, or on the online posting, so the buyer’s awareness of the absence may affect the sale and auction performance. This study found that conversion rate more than doubles when the physical title is present.

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Featured Publications

Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index
View the Index



2015 Used Car Market Report
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Manheim Auto Industry Brief
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Auto Industry Factoid

Auto Industry Factoid
by Alan Massey

Vehicles with an Electronic Condition Report (ECR), are three times more likely to receive a bid, and are twice as likely to sell as a vehicle without an ECR.

Where to Find Us

March 18 - 19
Las Vegas
Car Conference

Manheim Consulting Blog

Publications

Manheim Consulting clients have improved their remarketing performance by challenging our analytical staff. Read the conclusions of just a few of these in-depth studies.


Auto Industry Brief

AutobriefFebruary 2015 Auto Industry Brief
Simple momentum should be enough to keep the economic backdrop favorable in the near term. Labor market and credit conditions remain very positive — and these are forces that don’t turn on a dime. The housing market, which slightly disappointed last year, is unlikely to meaningfully accelerate this year.

January 2015
After five years of mediocre growth, the champagne cork was popped when employment gains last year came in just shy of 3 million (the fastest pace since 1999) and pump prices dropped below $2 per gallon in most states.

August 2014
The U.S. economy is a duck in the water. Appearances suggest it is moving slowly and serenely toward a planned destination.

June 2014
It's time to "roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer." And they will indeed be lazy (continued subpar economic growth), hazy (no definitive directional turns), and crazy (think "not normal" as opposed to "new normal").


Case Studies

Consulting

CasestudyVehicle Odor Impact on Auction Price
Many consignors struggle with the negative impact vehicle smoke or foul odor has on auction prices. Manheim Consulting quantified the auction price deterioration caused by odor noted on the condition report.

Consignors Increase Returns by Selling Ample Volume Alongside Peers
Manheim Consulting determined that consignors selling at least 20 units per sale at the same time as peers boosted returns and drew potential buyers into the lane.

Product

Manheim Enhanced Vehicle Imaging - Toyota Financial Services
One critical element of online sales is a consistent set of vehicle images that allows the buyer to effectively compare inventory selection. The images need to be the highest quality to represent the Toyota brand.

Garff Auto Group's Dealer Trade Network
Garff wanted to ensure that the right vehicles were at the right dealerships so that more vehicles were sold at retail vs. sending aged inventory straight to the wholesale environment.


Presentations

Tom-webb_smallTom Webb is a frequent speaker at automotive and economic conferences. His PowerPoint presentations enable the reader to understand the impact of macro trends on the vehicle markets. Please visit this website periodically to view Tom's latest presentations.

Get in the Know on CPO, November 5, 2014

Residual Risks Residing in the Recesses of the “Recovery”, September 17, 2013

Manheim Market Report: Leveraging Analytics in Remarketing, 2012 National Remarketing Conference


White Papers

WhitepaperImpact of Delayed Titles at Auction
Conversion rate more than doubles when the physical title is present.



Certification Impact on Auction Values
The case seems to indicate that one way to increase vehicle retention is to certify qualifying vehicles.

Condition Report Impact on Dealer Sales
Condition reports impact three areas of dealer sales: Simulcast reach, the ability to attract buyers, and arbitration rates.

Rental Detail ROI
Manheim Consulting determined the ROI on varying levels of detail service: no detail, wash and vac, and full detail.

Effects of Color on MMR Retention
This study examines if color impacts auction results, which is important to rental and other fleet consignors as these companies have a degree of control over their inventory.

Simulcast Bid Impact Study
Manheim Consulting examines the impacts of online bidding and the main drivers to attract online bids.

Starting Price and Floors Effect on Bids
This paper examined the most effective starting price for vehicles offered online in order to achieve the highest sales price and sales ratios.

Financial Implications of "No Sales" and Multiple Registrations
This white paper analyzes the reduction in transaction prices that results when a vehicle is a "no sale" and is registered in subsequent sales.

InSight ECR and Reconditioning
This white paper demonstrates the improvement of accuracy the Insight ECR decimal point grading system produces when measuring reconditioning returns.

Attributes of Vehicles with High Success in Online Selling
Adding an additional selling channel can increase the number of bids on a unit, driving up sales price while also lowering days to sell, and thus reducing depreciation and holding costs.

Quarterly Conference Call

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You are invited to join Tom Webb, chief economist for Manheim and the compiler of the Index, as he discusses the major economic and industry trends that have shaped the quarter. Tom will also take your questions following the presentation.

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Featured Publications

Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index
View the Index



2015 Used Car Market Report
View Now



Manheim Auto Industry Brief
View Now

Auto Industry Factoid

Auto Industry Factoid
by Alan Massey

Vehicles with an Electronic Condition Report (ECR), are three times more likely to receive a bid, and are twice as likely to sell as a vehicle without an ECR.

Where to Find Us

March 18 - 19
Las Vegas
Car Conference

Manheim Consulting Blog

Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index

By applying statistical analysis to its database of more than 5 million used vehicle transactions annually, Manheim has developed a measurement of used vehicle prices that is independent of underlying shifts in the characteristics of vehicles being sold.

The Manheim Index is increasingly recognized by both financial and economic analysts as the premier indicator of pricing trends in the used vehicle market, but should not be considered indicative or predictive of any individual remarketer's results.


Wholesale Prices Rise Again in January

Wholesale used vehicle prices (on a mix-, mileage-, and seasonally adjusted basis) increased in January for the fourth consecutive month. This pushed the January Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index to a reading of 125.3, which represented an increase of 2.5% from a year ago.

January’s price rise pushed used vehicle values to their highest level since April 2012. The fact that wholesale prices are now back to a level last seen when off-lease volumes were at their trough is contrary to expectations of most analysts. Wholesale prices are not, however, in conflict with the continued rise in new vehicle transaction prices (net of incentives) or the strong retail used vehicle results being reported by most dealers.

New vehicle sales and pricing on track at start of 2015. New cars and light-duty trucks sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 16.7 million in January. More than a handful of makes had their best January ever.

Kelley Blue Book reported that average transaction prices were up 5% from a year ago, driven in part by mix shifts. Even the government’s new vehicle component of the Consumer Price Index, which is mix- and quality-adjusted, remains up year over year. As a result, although wholesale values relative to the New Vehicle CPI are elevated (on both a lagged and current basis), they are not outside of historic norms.

Used vehicle sales and profits remain strong. In January, dealer sales of used vehicles rose 1.4%, according to CNW. CPO sales jumped 17% in January. That was after both publicly traded and private dealer groups indicated strong used vehicle operations in the fourth quarter. Volumes were up with no sacrifice to gross or turn rates.

When final numbers for the seven publicly traded dealerships are reported, it is almost inevitable that fourth-quarter same-store used unit retail volumes will show a rise for the 22nd consecutive quarter. And it is possible that gross margins held steady after several years of decline. We expect that labor market and credit conditions will continue to be favorable for used unit sales for the remainder of 2015. Maintaining margin, however, will require superior inventory management in the face of what may be volatile industry conditions and easing wholesale values.

Pricing for rental risk units holds steady. Auction prices for rental risk units sold in January rose relative to December after adjusting for mix and mileage, but were down absent the adjustment. Adjusted prices were basically level with a year ago. Average mileage on units sold in January remained at the record high level posted in December.

Market segment and price tier trends. In January, relative pricing strength across price tiers was extremely consistent and seemingly uninfluenced by shifting volumes for the various price points. This suggests an efficient market that has erased earlier price anomalies through the competitive bid process.

Wholesale pricing for compact cars was weak in January. That has been the trend for more than a year as a result of competitive pricing on the new vehicle side and abundant offerings in the wholesale market. The pricing pressure in this segment has only been intensified by the plunge in gas prices.

Auction prices for dealer-consigned units sold in January were noticeably higher than a year ago on growing volumes and slightly rising mileage.

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Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index
January 2015

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Price Changes for Selective Market Classes

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January 2015 vs. January 2014


Index Release Dates

Manheim Consulting releases the latest update of its Used Vehicle Value Index on the fifth business day of each month. To receive a monthly reminder about this update, as well as reminders for Tom Webb's quarterly conference calls, please email manheimindex@ketchum.com.

Featured Publications

Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index
View the Index



2015 Used Car Market Report
View Now



Manheim Auto Industry Brief
View Now

Auto Industry Factoid

Auto Industry Factoid
by Alan Massey

Vehicles with an Electronic Condition Report (ECR), are three times more likely to receive a bid, and are twice as likely to sell as a vehicle without an ECR.

Where to Find Us

March 18 - 19
Las Vegas
Car Conference

Manheim Consulting Blog

Used Car Market Report

The Manheim annual Used Car Market report examines the economic underpinnings of the entire used vehicle market and sector-specific trends that influence the supply and pricing of used vehicles.

This report highlights market conditions and buyer and seller strategies within the used vehicle marketplace, provides an update on digital and mobile technology developments. It also includes an annual look at the various industry components, including dealer, rental, repossessions, leasing, and salvage.

View Report
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Past Used Car Market Reports

2014 Used Car Market Report View
2013 Used Car Market Report View
2012 Used Car Market Report View
2011 Mid-Year Used Car Market Report View
2011 Used Car Market Report View
2010 Used Car Market Report View
2009 Used Car Market Report View
2008 Used Car Market Report View
2007 Used Car Market Report View
2006 Used Car Market Report View

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March 18 - 19
Las Vegas
Car Conference

Services

Manheim Consulting: Your Partner for Remarketing Services

Manheim Consulting is dedicated to helping our Commercial and Dealer customer improve their remarketing performance. Our team accesses the extensive database represented by the more than 10 million vehicles posted annually online or run in Manheim auction lanes. We apply data mining, targeted research, competitive benchmarking, and quantitative analyses to provide our clients with unbiased reporting and strategic advice.


Powered by Professionals

Manheim Consulting is built on the knowledge and experience of its team of consultants. Over the years, Manheim Consulting has established itself as a trusted advisor to the automotive industry. Professionals from a diverse set of backgrounds help develop a perspective that is truly unparalleled in the industry.

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Our Team



Tomwebb


Tom Webb
Chief Economist

Tom Webb joined Manheim as chief economist in 2001, bringing to the position his unique understanding of the automotive retail and wholesale industries. As the chief economist for the National Automobile Dealers Association for 26 years, Tom was already recognized for his authoritative research and commentary on economic trends and their impact on vehicle demand. At Manheim, Tom continues in his role as commentator on the economy and vehicle markets and is a frequent guest at Manheim client and automotive events, in the media and as a contributor to automotive and remarketing publications.

Tom has a degree in Economics from the University of Wyoming and did graduate work in Economics at Georgetown University.


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Nancy Hill
Senior Manager, Customer Consulting

Nancy Hill joined Manheim Consulting in 2006 and has over 13 years’ experience in the automotive remarketing industry. Her experience includes consulting with customers in the bank, rental, captive finance, dealer and commercial fleet segments, leading initiatives to help improve remarketing strategies. Key projects include recon ROI analysis, footprint optimization, and optimal location recommendations. Additionally, Nancy authored several studies, covering topics such as location/sale day consolidation, rental detail ROI, and understanding which vehicles have the highest success rates in online sales.

Nancy has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Mercer University.



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John Radcliffe
Senior Manager, Customer Consulting

John Radcliffe joined Manheim Consulting in 2009 and has over 15 years of automotive industry experience. John currently helps large dealer groups become more efficient in the remarketing industry by providing custom analytics, peer benchmarking, ROI analysis, market research, and industry trends. Prior to joining Manheim, John worked for Chevy Chase Bank as a senior loan officer specializing in retail and commercial lending in the automotive industry.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of West Florida and an MBA from Keller School of Management in Chicago.


Strategy, Research, and Analysis


Alan Massey
Manager, Customer Consulting
Specialties: Import OEM, captive finance
MBA, Georgia State; BS, University of Georgia

Brock McFaddin
Manager, Customer Consulting
Specialties: Financial institution
BA, University of Tennessee


Ally Pomeroy
Manager, Customer Consulting
Specialties: Commercial fleet, rental third-party
BA, Wittenburg University


Vikram Bhatia
Manager, Customer Consulting
Specialties: Online, Dealer Trade Network, dealer remarketing
BA, MBA University of Georgia


Jarrett Hill
Manager, Customer Consulting
Specialties: Project management, strategy, dealer remarketing
BS, MS Kennesaw State University


Jenny Brown
Manager, Customer Consulting
Specialties: Auction operations, dealer group remarketing, sales strategies
20+ years industry experience


Jason Kean
Manager, Customer Consulting
Specialties: Highline captive
16+ years industry experience


Ashiv Gupta
Manager, Customer Consulting
Specialties: Specialty, TRA, financial institutions
BS, Birla Institute of Technology; MBA, Illinois Institute of Technology