Used dealers are stocking up before prices rise again, says Shoreham MD


Used car dealers are buying stock at reduced prices in the current market anticipating a turnaround in early 2023.

That’s the view of Shoreham Vehicle Auctions’ MD Alex Wright who predicts the current trend of reduced demand and falling prices in the £10-30,000 used market will only last until the middle of Q1 2023, while the sub-£10,000 sector will remain consistently strong.

Wright believes consumers are currently being influenced by the national newspapers “over-elaborating” of the depth of the recession, and will return to buying as soon as energy prices start falling.

He said: “In the current environment it’s the sub-£10,000 sector that is buoyant as well as the £30k plus sector. The rest of the sectors are quiet, but dealers with a strong cashflow are using this as an excuse to get stocked up before prices rise again.

“There is no doubt that consumers will return to the used market in Q1 after a quiet Christmas period. With no signs of stock levels increasing prices will rise back to where they were in the summer.

“Used prices will then remain stable throughout 2023 and beyond.”

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