Manheim: Year-End Used-Car Values Stay Strong, from F&I Magazine.
Wholesale used-vehicle values increased in the fourth quarter by nearly 2% to finish the year slightly higher than last year, as consumer demand for used car and trucks remained strong, according to the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index.
Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index, a measure of wholesale prices adjusted for mix, mileage and season, ended the year at 123.9, a 1.8% increase from a year ago and 2.1% higher than the third quarter.
An improving job market and attractive financing helped boost the retail market for new and used vehicles. The strongest demand for used vehicles in the fourth quarter was in the $13,000-$15,000 range, a higher sweet spot than a year ago. Sales of certified pre-owned vehicles, late-model vehicles still backed by a warranty, also hit record numbers in 2014.