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New car finance was up 27% in February
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FLA figures for February 2016

  • New business advances through dealerships  totalled £806m (up 27% year on year) on 51,207 new cars (up 22%)
  • Used car advances totalled £1,163m (up 23%)  on 109,305 cars (up 18%).

NEW figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that the point-of-sale consumer new car finance market saw new business grow 27% by value and 22% by volume in February, compared with the same month last year.

And for the first time ever the car finance market’s new business for the year passed the million mark, mostly with finance secured against the car.

FLA figures show that in February new business advances totalled £806m  (up 27% year on year) on 51,207 new cars (up 22%) in new car finance, while used car advances totalled £1,163m on 109,305 cars.

The percentage of private new car sales financed by FLA members through the point-of-sale reached 81.9% in the 12 months to February 2016, up from 81.7% in the 12 months to January.

The point-of-sale consumer used car finance market also saw strong growth in February, with new business up 23% by value and 18% by volume.

Commenting on the figures, Geraldine Kilkelly, head of research and chief economist at the FLA, said: “February saw the point-of-sale consumer new car finance market report its twelfth consecutive month of growth in new business volumes.

“For the first time on record, annual new business volumes in this market surpassed the 1 million mark, with the majority of these purchased on finance secured against the car.”

 

Cars bought on finance by consumers through dealerships

New business Feb 2016 % change on prev. year 3 months to Feb 2016 % change on prev. year 12 months to Feb 2016
New cars
Value of advances (£m) 806 +27 2,960 +24 16,544
Number of cars 51,207 +22 178,864 +19 1,000,838
Used cars
Value of advances (£m) 1,163 +23 3,083 +17 12,475
Number of cars 109,305 +18 289,770 +13 1,175,496

Cars bought on finance by businesses

New business Feb 2016 % change on
prev. year
3 months to
Feb 2016
% change
on prev. year
12 months to
Feb 2016
% change on
prev. year
New cars
Number of cars 29,966 +17 102,257 +2 512,241 +7
Used cars
Number of cars 3,328 +20 10,009 +5 38,882 -4
  • In 2015, FLA members provided £110 billion of new finance to UK businesses and households.
  • £81 billion of this was in the form of consumer credit, almost a third of total new consumer credit written in the UK in 2015.
  • £37 billion of it supported the purchase of new and used cars, including over 80% of private new car registrations.
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