October Depreciation Rates Seasonally Low

Courtesy of Black Book.
Courtesy of Black Book.

Depreciation trends for both car and truck segments are seasonally lower than what is normally expected this time of year, according to Black Book’s Oct. 23 Market Insights report.

When comparing the average depreciation rates of both segments from October 2017 against October 2016, rates this year have been significantly lower. For example, depreciation rates for cars and trucks for the week of Oct. 23, 2017 were at -$39 and -$40, respectively, while, for the week of Oct. 24, 2016 the rates of cars and trucks were at -$60 and -57%, respectively.

A starker example comes from comparing the weeks of Oct. 16, 2017 and Oct. 17, 2016. The week in 2017 posted average car and truck deprecation rates at -$52 and -$42, respectively, while the 2016 week had car and trucks averages of -$97 and-$100, respectively.

“Depreciation levels remain better than typical Fall-season trends. Truck segments continue to perform better than cars in weekly depreciation,” said Anil Goyal, senior vice president of Automotive Valuation and Analytics.

Indeed, when analyzed weekly, volume-weighted, overall truck segment values decreased by 0.25% last week, according to Black Book. This is slightly higher than the average weekly decrease of 0.20% in values over the previous four weeks. Small pickups declined the most while full-size pickups performed well.

Meanwhile, volume-weighted, overall car segment values decreased by 0.38% last week, according to the report. This was stagnant to the average weekly decrease of 0.37% in values over the previous four weeks. Premium sporty car performed the worst while full-size car declined the least last week.

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