LotLinx Weekly News Vol. 223: Strike While the Data’s Hot!

FROM COX AUTOMOTIVE: Used-Vehicle Market Looking More Normal in Inventory as Prices Inch Down

Unsold used car inventory has increased by 5% from the prior year to 2.46 million units. Used-vehicle costs have started to gradually decline while analysts anticipate sales to remain strong.

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FROM REUTERS: For Auto Retailers, Pandemic-Era Profit Boost in Rear-View Mirror

This season of profit growth is anticipated to slow as a potential recession is to be expected. Dealers are unlikely to match previous sales performances as inflation prevents consumers from entering the market and production remains strained.

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FROM WARDS AUTO: Car Sales Prices Hit Historic High

The average transaction price for new vehicles hit record levels in June 2022 – $48,403. Despite inventory challenges, prices for luxury vehicles jumped 18%, while prices for EVs and midsize cars increased 3.8%, and 1% respectively.

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FROM AUTOMOTIVE NEWS: Production, Supply Still “Wild Cards” Rest of 2022

While every OEM has been impacted differently, the semiconductor shortage continues to drive up manufacturing costs and reduce predicted production levels. 6.8 million units have been sold this year, with EVs making up 5.2% of the Q2 market share.

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