New-vehicle average transaction prices (ATPs) increased to $47,148 in May 2022, according to new data released by Kelley Blue Book, a Cox Automotive company. Prices rose 1% ($472) month over month and remain elevated compared to one year ago, up 13.5% ($5,613) from May 2021.
J.D. Power forecasts that used-vehicle prices will drop by late 2022 and into 2023. Since it is a seller's market, many car companies have not only raised prices, but they have sharply reduced the number of financial incentives and discounts. If you have to purchase a car, look at expanding your search parameters.
According to an Automotive News report from December 2021, consulting firm KPMG predicts a dramatic dip in used-vehicle prices will precede the stabilization of new-vehicle inventory. The firm reportedly expects used-car prices to drop 20%-30% sometime in the months after October 2022.
While soaring used car prices are bad for those who can't afford a new car, they may mean 2022 is a good time to buy a car for those with a vehicle to trade in. A high trade-in price means added capital that can help reduce the finance share of purchasing a new car.
If the second half of 2022 is showing improvement for the car-buying market, then 2023 may be ideal for buying a new or used car. In a perfect world, the chip shortage will ease up, production will increase, availability of cars will increase, and prices will go down. However, that's a perfect world.
The best time to buy a car is usually around the end of the year since salespeople will be trying to meet their quotas and may offer steep discounts. However, you should also consider holidays and the beginning of the week.
The Covid pandemic has muted depreciation, however, and prices for used cars are growing faster than for new. As the price gap narrows, buying new becomes more appealing because the vehicles are in better condition, plus, they have a full warranty and can be financed at a lower rate.
It all about accounting: They want to carry as little inventory as possible into the new year. Dealers will do whatever it takes, sometimes lose money on a deal, to meet calendar or December sales objectives. The best days for shopping? The last week of December, preferably December 30 and 31.
Waiting lists are astronomically long for new models, and options are limited due to choked production and supply lines. As of mid-2022, used car prices have plateaued, which means we're likely to see a significant increase or dip in average prices very soon.
The recent spike in car prices is due in part to a computer chip shortage that began during the pandemic. As people spent more time at home and less time commuting, automakers reduced their microchip orders, leading to a subsequent decline in chip production.
The pandemic has created supply-chain woes, driving up new and used-car prices. Some experts expect supply constraints to ease in the second half of the year. Car prices may be stable now, but expectations call for a dip in late 2022 or in 2023.
Peace of mind: A new car will likely be more reliable than a used one, even though pre-owned cars are much more dependable than in the past. If a new car breaks down, you can have it fixed for free under the included factory warranty, at least for the first 36,000 miles or three years that most carmakers offer.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index Summary, transaction prices—what people actually paid for their vehicle—were up by 12.2 percent for new vehicles in January compared to a year ago. Prices for used cars were a dizzying 40.5 percent higher than in January of last year.
Used car prices continue to climb as gas prices and supply chain backlogs drive up demand. With record gas prices and supply chain issues delaying new car production, more people are looking for cars with better mileage. That means more business for used car dealers.
If you are already paying off a car loan, the additional loan might impact your monthly income and savings. Therefore, purchasing a car only after the previous car loan is paid off is a better option than buying one while repaying an existing loan.
If you're wondering why new & used cars are so hard to find, you're not alone. The inventory shortage can be attributed to the coronavirus pandemic and resulting supply chain disruptions. When COVID-19 brought the economy to a halt back in 2020, automakers canceled orders for semiconductor chips.
Used cars are being sold for such high prices because there is a greater global shortage of new cars than there has ever been before. In short, the lack of cars was created because car manufacturers stopped ordering as many car parts when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, thinking sales would slow down.
If your vehicle is starting to cost you more in repairs and maintenance, averaged out over a period of 2-3 years, it's time to trade it in. Compare your maintenance costs with the payments for a new or used vehicle.
The trends don't mean the crisis will end soon. Pre-pandemic, Americans routinely bought more than 17 million new cars per year. In 2021, we bought just over 15 million. Kelley Blue Book parent company Cox Automotive recently trimmed its forecast for 2022.