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Used LCV values hit record high for fourth month running

Used LCV values continued to rise at BCA, reaching a new record level as demand remains “super-heated”.

The average monthly value across all LCVs at BCA reached its highest level on record in February

The average monthly value across all LCVs at BCA rose to £9,426 in February, up by 2.9% (£262) and outstripping guide prices by six percentage points.

It’s the highest average monthly value on record at BCA and the fourth consecutive month that values have hit a new record.

Conversion rates for LCVs remain high, with vehicles up to six years old and grade 3 or above typically selling the first time they are offered for sale.

BCA also noted that buyers are willing to pay a premium for vehicles that are ready to go back to work without the need for bodywork or mechanical repairs.

Stuart Pearson, BCA COO UK, commented: “The effect of the pandemic and the huge uplift in online shopping and the home delivery market over the past year has created a significant increase in demand for panel vans suitable for courier and final-mile delivery work.

“This has resulted in rising values for every model of long wheelbase, high roof panel vans, with Sprinter, Crafter and Transit models very much in demand, while medium wheelbase, medium roof vans have consistently outperformed guide price expectations over recent months.

“Even the older, higher-mileage end of the market has been buoyant, with old-shape Transits – which ceased production eight years ago – being exceptionally sought after.”

Pearson added that any vehicle in a good retail colour and specification generates a huge amount of interest with buyers, “with metallic colours typically creating a flurry of bidding when they are offered for sale” – and said that demand is expected to increase in the coming weeks as the UK economy reopens.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.

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