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Bumper year for used commercials

November was another positive month for used commercial vehicles, with the sector showing a healthy increase in registrations.

There were 1,165 registrations in November, the second largest month behind March this year, when 1249 units were registered; also an increase on the same month last year, when 1,144 units were sold.

Year-to-date 11,988 used imported commercial vehicles have been registered, this is 22.4 per cent on the same period last year and has now overtaken the total sales in this segment for all of 2016 of 10,967 units, with one month to go.  

Many regions around New Zealand saw gains in used commercial vehicle registrations in November. Out of the main centres, Wellington was the standout, with sales of 48 units in November 2016 to 71 last month, an increase of 47 per cent.

Both Dunedin and Christchurch had steady increases compared to November last year, with 19.7 and 9.5 per cent respectively. Auckland meanwhile fell 12.8 per cent from 603 units in November 2016 to 526 last month.

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Used import boom continues

The year’s used car boom has continued in the build up to Christmas with 14,642 used cars crossing the border last month, bringing the year to date total of 158,469 units. This figure is 5793 ahead of total imports of used cars for all of 2016.

New car importers brought in 10,957 units during November, up 4.6 per cent (484 units) on the previous month and down just 0.9 per cent on the same month last year. Year to date 106,283 new cars have been imported, only 4657 short of 2016’s full year total.

Imports of used light commercial vehicles dropped significantly – down 12.3 per cent on the same month last year and 9.3 per cent on October’s 712 units.

Although there was a 27.3 per cent fall in the number of new light commercial imports during November compared to October’s 3909 total, November’s 2841 units total was up a massive 53.3 per cent when compared to the same month last year.

As usual, the vast majority of used imported cars came from Japan with 13,709 units imported in November – a 10.2 per cent increase on the same month last year, resulting in Japan holding a monthly market share of 94.68 per cent.

Importers brought 389 used cars in from Australia – a 4.9 per cent decrease on November 2016. Year to date, 5,110 used cars have been shipped from Australia. There was a 29.4 per cent fall in used car imports (197 units) from the UK during November compared to the same month last year, while Singapore was up 27.9 per cent on 142 units.

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Used commercials soar

2016 has been a bumper year for used commercials, with 9,921 vehicles sold already, a 22 per cent increase on 8107 sold in 2015.

1,144 used commercial vehicles were sold in November, which was a huge 44 per cent increase on the 792 units which were sold at the same time last year.

Used car sales remain at 136345 for the year, already passing last year’s sales of 131044.

12762 used vehicles were sold in November this year, an increase of 8.8 per cent from the same time last year when 11,732 vehicles were sold.

Sales were higher than last year across the country, with Gisborne dealerships selling 64 units in the month of November – a 64.1 per cent increase from 39 at the same time last year. Blenheim and Masterton followed with a 53.3 and 38.9 per cent increase in sales respectively.

Trade-ins reached 145,389 units this year, an increase of 2.6 per cent from the total for the whole year of 2015. 12,717 units were traded in for the month of November, which was an increase of 4.9 per cent from the same time last year.

In terms of dealer to public sales, 195,436 units were sold, an increase of 1.8 per cent from the same time last year. Sales for the month of November hit 18,277 units, an increase of 0.5 per cent from the same time last year when 18,194 units were sold from the dealer to the public.

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