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Black Book: Spring Lift in Full Effect

March 28, 2017

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Both cars and trucks realized a healthy seasonal boost in wholesale performance last week, with both segments retaining their values better than they have in the past six months, according to Black Book’s March 27 Market Insights report.

Depreciation among light trucks was at one of the lowest levels seen all year, and the overall car segment actually saw wholesale values strengthen. In fact, various vehicles across both the car and truck segments saw average wholesale values appreciate last week, according to Black Book data.

“The typical spring market lift was evident last week, with most vehicle segments performing well. Increased demand for compact and mid-size cars drove values higher,” said Anil Goyal, senior vice president of automotive valuation and analytics.

Compact cars, midsize cars, sporty cars, and premium sporty registered wholesale value increases of 0.57%, 0.45%, 0.07%, and 0.03%, respectively.

Overall, and volume-weighted, car segment values increased by 0.21% last week, compared to the 0.31% decline the segment realized the week before. As has been the case for much of the year, the worst-performing segment among cars last week was the prestige luxury car segment, which depreciated by 0.58%.

Volume-weighted, overall truck segment values decreased by 0.12% last week, compared to a decline of 0.43% the week before. Sub-compact crossovers were the worst performers last week, depreciating by 0.89%. Compact vans, full-size vans, and full-size pickups were the best performers for the truck segment, appreciating by 0.37%, 0.06% and 0.01%.

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