Friday, 04 September 2020 15:47

How August Used-Car Sales Wrapped the Month

Written by Joe Overby, Auto Remarketing


Though with gains not as strong as those from earlier in the month, August closed on a high note for the used-car operations of franchised dealers, as their pre-owned the last full week of the month beat pre-virus forecasts by 1%.

That’s according to the latest Auto Industry Impact Report from J.D. Power, which showed that in each of August’s four full weeks, franchised dealer used sales were either even with or above pre-virus projections.


For the week ending Aug. 9, they climbed 5%. The following week, used sales for franchised stores were up 4% from pre-pandemic forecasts, according to J.D. Power. The week ending Aug. 23, they were flat.


And the week ending Sunday, they were up 1%.


Late last month, ALG was projecting that used-vehicle sales for August would beat year-ago figures by 4% and top July’s numbers by 2%.


Specifically, the analytics division of TrueCar was calling for 3.6 million used-vehicle sales for August.


ALG Chief Industry Analyst Eric Lyman said in a news release the year-over-year gain in used-car sales comes “as consumers turn toward the used-car market for cost savings during these uncertain economic times, and also due to some supply shortages on the new-vehicle side.”

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