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Strong start to 2016 for motor finance

10 March 2016

New figures released today by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that the point-of-sale consumer new car finance market saw new business grow 20% by value and 14% by volume in January 2016, compared with the same month last year.

The percentage of private new car sales financed by FLA members through dealerships reached 81.7% in the twelve months to January, up from 81.4% in the twelve months to December 2015.

The point-of-sale consumer used car finance market also reported new business growth in January, of 15% by value and 12% by volume.

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

“These figures show a strong start to 2016 for the point-of-sale consumer car finance market. The recent growth in this market has to a large extent mirrored a reduction in the use of unsecured personal loans, while also reflecting changing consumer attitudes towards car ownership.

“The increase in popularity of personal contract purchase and hire purchase means that the majority of car finance taken out by consumers is secured against the car.”

Table 1: Cars bought on finance by consumers through dealerships

New business

Jan 2016

% change on prev. year

3 months to Jan 2016

% change on prev. year

12 months to Jan 2016

% change on prev. year

New cars

Value of advances (£m)

995

+20

3,353

+23

16,371

+16

Number of cars

59,990

+14

197,790

+18

991,629

+11

Used cars

Value of advances (£m)

1,093

+15

2,909

+16

12,260

+14

Number of cars

104,864

+12

271,408

+13

1,158,652

+10

 

Table 2: Cars bought on finance by businesses

New business

Jan 2016

% change on prev. year

3 months to Jan 2016

% change on prev. year

12 months to Jan 2016

% change on prev. year

New cars

Number of cars

33,566

-2

106,204

-3

507,893

+6

Used cars

Number of cars

2,536

-21

9,398

-1

38,327

-5

 

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.