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Consumer car finance market falls by 1% in February 2020

Consumer car finance market falls by 1% in February 2020
New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that new business volumes in the consumer car finance market fell in February 2020 by 1% compared with the same month in 2019.

The consumer new car finance market reported new business volumes 8% lower in February 2020 compared with the same month in 2019.  The percentage of private new car sales financed by FLA members was 91.8% in the twelve months to February 2020.

The consumer used car finance market reported new business volumes up by 1% in February 2020 compared with the same month in 2019.

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

“The consumer car finance market made a quiet start to 2020 and faces significant disruption to new business over the coming months.  The economic impact of the coronavirus is expected to lead to a contraction in private consumption in the second quarter greater than reported in any quarter during the financial crisis.

“Motor finance is provided by a wide range of both bank and non-bank lenders who serve consumers and businesses across all sectors of the economy.  The FLA is calling for urgent action by the Government and Bank of England to open up financial support schemes to all lenders, including non-banks, so that they can continue to provide new lending and meet the huge demand for forbearance.”

Table 1: Cars bought on finance by consumers through the point of sale

New business

Feb 2020

% change on prev. year

3 months to Feb 2020

% change on prev. year

12 months to Feb 2020

% change on prev. year

New cars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Value of advances (£m)

910

-4

3,456

2

19,520

0

Number of cars

44,747

-8

159,134

-5

922,722

-4

Used cars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Value of advances (£m)

1,604

6

4,436

6

18,504

4

Number of cars

125,536

1

348,352

2

1,489,119

2

Total cars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Value of advances (£m)

2,514

2

7,893

4

38,024

2

Number of cars

170,283

-1

507,486

-1

2,411,841

-1

 

Table 2: Cars bought on finance by businesses

New business

Feb 2020

% change on prev. year

3 months to Feb 2020

% change on prev. year

12 months to Feb 2020

% change on prev. year

New cars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of cars

21,231

-17

80,664

-9

421,837

-4

Used cars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of cars

3,573

-35

14,927

3

55,449

-2

 

*Article Source http://www.financingyourcar.org.uk