According to the latest Vehicle Pricing Index (VPI) released by TransUnion during May, new vehicle prices in SA rose at nearly three times the general inflation rate during the first quarter of 2021.
“When measured against WesBank’s average deal size, we can see a similar trend in the amount of finance to access these vehicle purchases,” says Gaoaketse.
“Compared to a year ago, new vehicle finance agreements through our book are averaging a deal size of R356,313, up 11,2%, while pre-owned deals average R253,537, an increase of 10,6%.”
Demand for vehicle finance continues to be reassuring, however.
“WesBank’s rate of applications remains robust, indicating an appetite for new and used vehicle purchases,” says Gaoaketse.
“Attractive deals on the showroom floor and a growing need for replacement as that cycle increased over lockdown are contributing towards the market’s recovery.”
Supporting this demand, the passenger car segment sold 24,122 units during May, 85,1% of which were retailed through dealers to consumers. Dealer channel sales remain relatively robust and are 41,7% ahead year-to-date, for which retailers will be grateful. This segment was 7,1% ahead of April sales.
The Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) segment sold 11,930 units during May, 10% more than in April, improving the segment’s position significantly. Year-to-date sales in the segment are 68,5% higher than for the same period last year. Dealer channel sales in the segment accounted for 91,4% of sales.
“While May’s sales growth over April is welcomed, it should be noted April sales were down on March figures,” says Gaoaketse.
“This is indicative of the market’s slow recovery, but reassuring nonetheless. As the industry prepares for the implementation of the Guidelines for Competition in the SA Automotive Aftermarket on July 1, the motor industry has many opportunities to continue its significant contribution to the economy.”