Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles Pace the Used Car Market in 2010, Says Edmunds.com

Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles Pace the Used Car Market in 2010, Says Edmunds.com

Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles Pace the Used Car Market in 2010, Says Edmunds.com

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — February 2, 2011 — An estimated 18.6 percent of used cars sold by franchise dealers in 2010 were certified, up slightly from the 17.8 percent reported in 2009, according to sales figures released today by Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information.

Overall, December's used car prices in the U.S. were up 8.2 percent over December 2009, even as values decreased slightly compared to November 2010. Edmunds.com reports that the average transaction price in December for a used three-year-old vehicle was $17,954, up $1,368 over the previous year, but a decrease of $257 compared to November.

"The people who benefit most in this used car market are car shoppers with a high-value trade-in," said Joe Spina, a senior analyst at Edmunds.com. "Strong demand, a continued short supply and an effort by carmakers to boost certified sales are keeping used car prices elevated, so dealers are happy to take in high-value cars on a trade."

December was a particularly good month for consumers selling Chevy Suburbans. The average retail used car sales price for the SUV was 32.5% higher in December 2010 than 2009. Also enjoying a kick in resale value were the Cadillac Escalade (+32.5%), BMW X5 (+32.2%) and Chevy Tahoe (+27.6%)

Average Used True Market Value® by Model
Model December 2009 December 2010 % Change
Chevrolet Suburban $19,057 $25,250 32.5%
Cadillac Escalade $24,684 $32,643 32.2%
BMW X5 $28,687 $37,921 32.2%
Chevrolet Tahoe $17,932 $22,886 27.6%
GMC Yukon XL $24,091 $29,611 22.9%
Dodge Caravan $7,965 $9,780 22.8%
Ford Expedition $18,888 $22,961 21.6%
Chevrolet Uplander $9,249 $11,117 20.2%
Acura MDX $23,371 $28,088 20.2%
Hummer H2 SUT $27,504 $32,899 19.6%

In 2011, Edmunds.com expects used sales to increase at a slightly lower rate than new vehicle sales, and that as new car sales gain steam, used prices will soften slightly. Still, Edmunds.com suggests that consumers interested in late model used vehicles should keep an eye on prices and incentives for new vehicles since those new vehicles could actually cost less than used models.

Since used vehicle value increases are not universal, Edmunds.com reminds consumers that they should educate themselves prior to visiting the dealer to ensure they get a fair price for their trade, as well as for the vehicle they intend to purchase. Consumers looking for pricing information on specific vehicles can check the True Market Value® on used cars at Edmunds.com

Average Used True Market Value® by Segment
Segment December 2009 November 2010 December 2010
Premium Sport $30,203 $33,663 $33,362
Luxury SUV $25,343 $29,045 $28,933
Premium Luxury $26,326 $28,768 $28,797
Fullsize SUV $18,184 $23,904 $23,618
Standard Luxury $19,024 $22,452 $22,060
Fullsize Pickup $17,791 $19,906 $19,527
Midsize SUV $16,754 $17,981 $17,572
Mini Van $14,298 $16,590 $16,113
Compact Pickup $13,610 $15,773 $15,605
Mini SUV $13,839 $15,793 $15,489
Standard Sport $14,055 $15,159 $14,628
Fullsize $13,265 $14,362 $14,111
Fullsize Van $11,773 $13,471 $13,535
Midsize $12,449 $13,374 $13,185
Premium Compact $9,609 $10,275 $10,126
Standard Compact $8,652 $9,350 $9,241

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Edmunds publishes Web sites that empower, engage and educate automotive consumers, enthusiasts and insiders. Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, launched in 1995 as the first automotive information Web site and hosts the most established automotive community online. Its mobile site, accessible from any smartphone at www.edmunds.com, makes car pricing and other research tools available for car shoppers at dealerships and otherwise on the go. InsideLine.com is the most-read automotive enthusiast Web site. Its mobile site, accessible from any smartphone at www.insideline.com, features the wireless Web's highest quality car photos and videos. AutoObserver.com provides insightful automotive industry commentary and analysis. Edmunds is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and maintains a satellite office in suburban Detroit. Follow Edmunds.com on Twitter@edmunds and fan Edmunds.com on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/edmunds.

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