Finance Levels Up as PCPs impact market

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Vehicle data expert CARTELL.IE reports today (8th June) that the proportion of vehicles offered for sale (across all years) with finance outstanding is 9.5%. Cartell.ie also reports that more vehicles for certain key registration years are being offered for sale with finance outstanding than last year. From a sample of over 5,906 vehicles offered for sale and checked via the Cartell.ie website in 2016, the figures show that 29% registered in the last three years are offered for sale with finance outstanding.

In the case of one-year-old vehicles (2015) the levels of vehicles offered for sale with finance outstanding has risen from 23% for the equivalent period last year to 27% in 2016 – representing an increase of 17%. This means there is now more than a one-in-four chance of a one-year-old vehicle bring offered for sale with finance outstanding.

Similarly in the case of two-year-old vehicles (2014) there is a 28% chance of a vehicle being offered for sale with finance outstanding.

Graph 1: Percentages of Vehicles with Outstanding Finance by Registration Year checked on Cartell.ie (Source: Carstat, Cartell.ie)

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Statistics published by Cartell.ie indicate that buyers have almost a one-in-three chance (30%) of purchasing a three-year-old vehicle (2013) with finance outstanding. Even older vehicles are regularly offered for sale with finance outstanding – 7.9% of all 2010 registered vehicles offered for sale had outstanding finance against them. 

John Byrne, Cartell.ie, says: “Finance levels for cars offered for sale which are less than 3 years old are around 30%. This means a buyer in the market for a relatively new car needs to be particularly careful. The rising levels of finance for newer cars may be attributable to the prominence of PCPs – but remember the impact for a potential buyer is the same: the finance house owns the vehicle until the last payment is made. You can lose the car if you purchase it with finance outstanding. Overall finance levels are rising again. Cartell warned the market in 2015 that finance levels had bottomed out – and would rise.”

Graph 2: Percentage of Vehicles checked on Finance (Source: Carstat Cartell.ie)

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Notes for Editors

Table 1: Percentages of Vehicles with Outstanding Finance by Registration Year checked on Cartell.ie (Source: Carstat, Cartell.ie)

Year % Finance Outstanding
2005 0.5222
2006 0.6369
2007 1.5843
2008 3.9709
2009 5.3812
2010 7.9156
2011 11.4167
2012 16.6981
2013 30.2083
2014 27.5098
2015 27.4354
2016 31.4286

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For further information please contact John Byrne on 087 4199018 or at john at cartell.ie or check out www.cartell.ie  for further information.

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