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Robust growth in consumer used car finance in October

9 December 2016

New figures released today by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that new business in the point-of-sale (POS) consumer used car finance market grew 12% by value and 9% by volume in October, compared with the same month last year.

The POS consumer new car finance market also reported new business up 8% by value and 1% by volume in October.

The percentage of private new car sales financed by FLA members through the POS reached 86.4% in the twelve months to October, up from 86.2% in the twelve months to September.

Commenting on the figures, Geraldine Kilkelly, Head of Research and Chief Economist at the FLA, said:

“The performance of the POS consumer car finance market in recent months has been very much in line with industry expectations of broadly stable new business volumes in the new car sector, and single-digit growth in the used car sector.”

Table 1: Cars bought on finance by consumers through dealerships

New business

Oct 2016

% change on prev. year

3 months to Oct 2016

% change on prev. year

12 months to Oct 2016

% change on prev. year

New cars

Value of advances (£m)

1,350

+8

5,022

+9

17,924

+14

Number of cars

76,440

+1

287,234

+3

1,045,914

+9

Used cars

Value of advances (£m)

1,180

+12

3,546

+14

13,423

+13

Number of cars

107,449

+9

325,564

+12

1,247,770

+11

 

Table 2: Cars bought on finance by businesses

New business

Oct 2016

% change on prev. year

3 months to Oct 2016

% change on prev. year

12 months to Oct 2016

% change on prev. year

New cars

Number of cars

42,949

-14

121,548

-5

504,218

-1

Used cars

Number of cars

4,207

+30

11,524

+25

43,611

+14

Note to editors:

  1. In 2015, FLA members provided £110 billion of new finance to UK businesses and households. £81 billion of this was in the form of consumer credit, almost a third of total new consumer credit written in the UK in 2015. £37 billion of it supported the purchase of new and used cars, including over 80% of private new car registrations.