These are great deals for sellers

These are great deals for sellers

Higher price than new, very short selling time, some used car dealers do well in a depressed market.

Benefit at the opportunity. Yes, but not on the buyer’s side in recent months, but on the seller’s side. As with this Smart Brabus, put on the market through the agency Simplicicar.

“The customer bought it in 2019 for €14,000, then it had 20,000 kilometers on it,” explains Yoni Dayan, founder of this automotive advice and sales network. He just sold it for €17,500 with almost 45,000 kilometers on the odometer. .

Used is more expensive than new

Faced with increasing new car delays due to chip and material shortages, some customers are no longer willing to negotiate the price of their future car. So much so that the price of some recent used models exceeds the price of new Parisian a few days ago. A phenomenon that lasts almost a year.

Among the affected models: Dacia Sandero. New to the Dacia catalog, the SCe 65 version in Essential trim is priced at €10,990. An ad on the Le Bon Coin platform shows it for €11,990 from a professional with 15 kilometers on the clock. This is 1000 euros more.

“In particular, models as diverse as the Dacia, the new generation Peugeot 308 or the Tesla Model 3 are currently worth, sometimes in less than 12 months, more on the market than their new price,” writes Emmanuel Laby, managing director of Autobiz , a company that specializes in automotive data and ratings.

300 euros more than a year

Without necessarily exceeding the price of new ones, the jump in prices largely affects the newest cars: an average of +300 euros per year, all models combined, according to Autobiz. The increase is now affecting older models, with cars over 8 years old rising from €180 to €200 over the year.

“We don’t have enough supply,” summarizes Vincent Hankart, director of specialist AutoScout24.

Selling… if the next car is already booked

This specialist pays attention to both the difficulties in the new market and certain dried-up channels (for example, rental companies that regularly put up for sale large volumes of the latest cars). So prices go up and sales times get shorter. Cars leave Simplicicar in an average of two weeks.

But faced with these price increases, some buyers are giving up in a more uncertain economic context. Last month, the used car market in France fell by 14.6% compared to September 2021 (admittedly a euphoric month in this segment).

And the equation high price – lack of vehicles, it seems, can not be reversed. Yoni Dayan has more and more buyers who entrust him with their car for sale. But only if Simplicicar finds them a new car at the same time.

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