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Consumer car finance market fell by 21% in September 2021

Consumer car finance market fell by 21% in September 2021

New figures released today by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that the consumer car finance market reported a fall in new business volumes of 21% in September 2021 compared with the same month in 2020. In the nine months to September 2021, new business volumes were 9% higher than in the same period in 2020.

The consumer new car finance market reported a fall in new business of 25% by value and 27% by volume in September compared with the same month in 2020. In the nine months to September 2021, new business volumes in this market were 6% higher than in the same period in 2020.  The percentage of private new car sales financed by FLA members in the twelve months to September 2021 was 93.8%, up from 93.3% in August.

The consumer used car finance market reported a fall in new business of 4% by value and 15% by volume in September compared with the same month in 2020. In the nine months to September 2021, new business volumes in this market remained 11% higher than in the same period in 2020.

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

“Supply chain issues have been particularly acute in the car market which is reflected in the 17% fall in new business volumes reported by the consumer car finance market in Q3 2021. Motor finance providers expect constraints on new car supply to ease sooner than those in the used car market. The supply issues in the new car market have primarily been driven by the lack of semi-conductors, while the knock-on effects from new car shortages combined with high demand have hit used car supply.

“Despite the risks to the economic and market recovery from supply chain disruption, higher inflation and further waves of Covid-19, our latest research suggests that the industry has maintained its optimism about the opportunities for growth. FLA’s Q4 2021 industry outlook survey shows that 88% of motor finance providers expected new business growth over the next twelve months.” 

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

New business

Sep 2021

% change on prev. year

3 months to Sep 2021

% change on prev. year

12 months to Sep 2021

% change on prev. year

New cars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Value of advances (£m)

2,179

-25

4,498

-20

17,099

6

Number of cars

93,617

-27

194,554

-23

728,694

0

Used cars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Value of advances (£m)

1,797

-4

5,162

-6

18,317

12

Number of cars

120,337

-15

359,514

-14

1,345,240

5

Total cars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Value of advances (£m)

3,976

-17

9,660

-13

35,415

9

Number of cars

213,954

-21

554,068

-17

2,073,934

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 2: Cars bought on finance by businesses

New business

Sep 2021

% change on prev. year

3 months to Sep 2021

% change on prev. year

12 months to Sep 2021

% change on prev. year

New cars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of cars

31,449

9

77,504

5

323,661

15

Used cars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of cars

4,127

-21

11,071

-23

50,491

-10

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

 

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