Senin, 15 April 2013

Will ultra low-CO2 cars be valuable on the used car market - Autos - Cars

<p>Ultra low-emission cars move onto the second hand car market</p>

<p>For the last few years, demand for sub-100g/km new cars has been rising. But now there are indications that the increase in demand will continue into the used car market.</p>

<p>Since the European CO2 targets have been set, car manufactures have been all incorporating plans for reducing emissions into their strategies. That 'going green' does wonders for ones corporate image is a welcome bonus. Luckily consumers and businesses are also wising up to the benefits of reduced-emission cars.</p>

<p>Why are sub-100g/km vehicles so interesting for businesses and consumers?</p>

<p>Steve Archer, director of fleet services at Inchape Fleet Solutions, says about the rising interest in sub-100g/km cars: "Today, businesses are on the lookout for ways to reduce operating costs without compromising service levels, and adding low-emission vehicles to a fleet represents a perfect way to achieve this.". </p>

<p>And with fleet managers putting the focus on whole-life cost and value for money, the industry has never been so attuned to the benefits of ultra-low CO2 cars.</p>

<p>External factors like natural disasters, war, civil unrest have increased oil prices significantly. Which is one of the attributing factors of the shooting demand for more fuel-efficient cars.</p>

<p>Low-CO2 cars on the second hand vehicle market</p>

<p>On the second hand car market, however, it is still early days for low-emission cars. Making accurate predictions on the demand for low-emission, high-mpg cars is still difficult because we don't see high numbers of hybrids, electric cars and reduced-emission vehicles on the used car marketplaces yet.</p>

<p>The sub-100g/km car market is currently largely populated by petrol-electric hybrids, super-minis and the latest generation of fuel-efficient small hatchbacks. Availability and price of the vehicles are major issues for consumers at the moment.</p>

<p>The choice in car models is limited because the majority of cars have a similar body shape. Moreover, the majority of second hand cars are retail rather than fleet models and tend not to surface in the wholesale car auction environment.</p>

<p>But fleet numbers will eventually start growing. Which will also help lower the current high auction prices which too often outweigh the benefits accrued from reduced motoring costs. Make and model, desirability, condition, mileage and presentation are still the critical issues, though, as far as pricing and demand is concerned.</p>

<p>Reduced-emission cars in used car auctions: a remarketing success story?</p>

<p>On current evidence, it is hard to tell if it is worth to take up sub-100g/km cars in a fleet for their remarketing value. One could expect that this type of second hand cars will remain a niche-interest sector in the short term. However, if motoring costs keep climbing and the sub-100g/km used cars remain tax-friendly then demand could increase strongly. It is likely, though, that fleet managers will be driven towards these cars by tax changes rather than their remarketing value. </p>

<p>To bring larger volumes of reduced-emission models on the used car market platforms at a variety of price points depending on their age and mileage, uptake by the fleet and leasing industry will be critical .</p>

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