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The rate of increase in new vehicle prices accelerated to 6.8% in the third quarter – from 3.8% in Q3 last year, according to Transunion. Image: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

New car or truck value will increase in South Africa – which, surprisingly, have lagged the country’s rising inflation fee – are now surging.

The hottest TransUnion Motor vehicle Pricing Index introduced on Monday (5 December)) reveals that the charge of enhance in new car rates accelerated to 6.8% in the 3rd quarter of 2022 from 3.8% in the third quarter of 2021.

This follows the rate of change in new automobile rates surprisingly declining to 3.9% in the second quarter of this year, from 6% in the first quarter.

Even though the price of boost in new auto costs surged drastically in the 3rd quarter, it is decrease than headline customer inflation, which edged up to 7.6% in October (September: 7.5%), just after hitting a 13-yr large of 7.8% in July.


TransUnion Q3 2022 Vehicle Pricing Index, cpi, inflation, new vehicle prices, used vehicle prices

Source: TransUnion Q3 2022 Auto Pricing Index

Throughout JSE-detailed vehicle retailer Merged Motor Holdings’ interim economic benefits presentation in October, CEO Jebb McIntosh forecast that new motor vehicle rates had been anticipated to maximize by up to 10% within the up coming four months.

However, Toyota South Africa Motors dismissed this forecast, with president and CEO Andrew Kirby stating that Toyota considered that from a total marketplace viewpoint there would in all probability be reasonable purchaser rate index- (CPI-) related new auto selling price will increase in the state.


Econometrix main economist Dr Azar Jammine on Friday attributed the sharp acceleration in new vehicle price ranges to the considerable depreciation of the rand above the training course of this 12 months, primarily versus the US greenback.

He mentioned new vehicle profits have held up amazingly strongly this year – specified the rise in desire premiums and the increased all round inflation charge – but there is sure to be a reduction in the expansion in new auto profits due to the fact of the increase in rates.

Jammine claimed new automobile sales have been supported considerably this 12 months by greater tourism, which has resulted in quite robust need for new cars from rental companies.

Automotive organization council Naamsa very last 7 days noted that South Africa’s new automobile marketplace registered its 11th consecutive thirty day period of 12 months-on-calendar year expansion in November, with year-to-date revenue, at 486 895 units, now 13.6% better than the corresponding 11-month interval in 2021.

Marketplace starting to ‘normalise’

TransUnion Africa vice president of auto info solutions Kriben Reddy reported the new auto industry is showing symptoms of normalising as offer levels stabilise, but that this may well not be ample to ward off a attainable slowdown in auto product sales as people glance to slice discretionary spend in the face of inflationary pressures and growing desire costs.

“The obstacle the market faces is that now that dealers have mainly solved supply challenges there is going to be an raising demand dilemma as the outcomes of inflation and interest charges start to chunk into shopper wallets,” mentioned Reddy.

“A moderation in transportation inflation, many thanks to fuel price tag decreases in August and September [and October, but with increases in November and December], offset a create-up in meals and garments price tag pressures. But we assume price tag inflation to remain sticky at elevated levels.”

Shoppers underneath strain

Reddy reported TransUnion’s most recent Consumer Pulse research uncovered that much more than 50 % of South African shoppers have slice again on their expending and assume to cut discretionary paying out even further in the coming months.

“One consequence of this is that customers will keep on to their vehicles for for a longer time and the business is heading to have to get innovative to get them back into the market place,” explained Reddy.

Transunion claimed the charge of increase in utilised motor vehicle prices rose to 9% in the third quarter this yr, from 5.9% in the 3rd quarter of 2021.

It explained the ratio of employed to new motor vehicles sold shifted considerably in the 3rd quarter.

Reddy claimed a calendar year in the past, 2.41 applied vehicles ended up offered for each new car or truck, but this declined to 2.1 in the 3rd quarter of 2022.

“In the used vehicle market place, 25% of cars offered were a lot less than two yrs old and this proceeds to minimize as the offer of excellent utilized vehicles stays below stress,” he explained.

Jammine attributed the decline in utilised vehicle income relative to new automobile sales to the shortage of quality used vehicles and the subsequent increase in used auto rates, which tends to make the value proposition of obtaining a new vehicle a lot more beautiful.

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