Lotlinx Weekly News Vol. 262: Bringing inventory prices back down to earth

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Industry roundup:

FROM COX AUTOMOTIVE: New-vehicle inventory rises to highest level in two years

Inventory supplies were up 70% year-over-year at the end of March, with up to 1.89 million units for sale in the marketplace. The industry ended the month with a 56 days’ supply of new inventory, but stocking levels vary by OEM. Stellantis brands are currently in the lead with 100+ days’ supplies.

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FROM CBT NEWS: Wholesale used vehicle prices changing course in April

Wholesale prices were down 2.7% at April’s half-way point. This decrease could be a natural response to overly-inflated preowned vehicle values, or it could be the result of an underwhelming tax season, with government refunds down 9% year-over-year.

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FROM CAR AND DRIVERAverage new-car price actually drops, but it’s still over $48,000

New-vehicle transaction prices have seen a small but significant decrease for the first time in nearly two years. At the same time, incentive discounts have climbed to 3.2% of the average transaction price. If these two trends persist, it  could signify a potential decline in dealership profit per vehicle.

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FROM CNBC: The $25,000 electric vehicle is coming, with big implications for the auto market and car buyers

While the average new vehicle still costs close to $50,000, EV manufacturers like Tesla and GM are starting to focus on the $30,000 price point. Not only would this make electric options more accessible to the public, but it might make them more appealing compared to pricey, traditional alternatives.

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