New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA show that new business in the consumer car finance market grew 1% by volume and 8% by value in August 2020 compared with the same month in 2019.  In the eight months to August 2020, new business volumes in this market fell by 26% compared with the same period in 2019.

The consumer used car finance market reported growth in new business of 2% by volume and 10% by value in August 2020 compared with the same month in 2019. In the eight months to August 2020, new business volumes in this market fell by 22% compared with the same period in 2019.

The consumer new car finance market reported new business volumes 1% lower in August than in the same month in 2019, while the value of new business grew by 5% over the same period.  In the eight months to August 2020, new business volumes in this market fell by 33% compared with the same period a year earlier. The percentage of private new car sales financed by FLA members in the twelve months to August 2020 held steady at 93.5%.

Commenting on the figures, Geraldine Kilkelly, Head of Research and Chief Economist at the FLA, said “It is encouraging to see further growth in the consumer car finance market, which shows the underlying strength of the market despite the disruption caused by the Covid-19 crisis.”

“However, the near-term outlook for demand and employment is highly uncertain as new restrictions are imposed to deal with the ongoing crisis. It is more vital than ever that the Government and Bank of England support all lenders, including non-banks, by removing obstacles that still exist around access to funding.  This will ensure that the motor finance industry is able to meet the ongoing demand for forbearance and new credit.”

Table 1: Cars bought on finance by consumers through the point of sale
New business

Aug 2020

% change on prev. year

3 months to Aug 2020

% change on prev. year

12 months to Aug 2020

% change on prev. year

New cars
Value of advances (£m)

1,042

5

4,160

2

15,872

-18

Number of cars

49,514

-1

188,954

-5

727,308

-23

Used cars

Value of advances (£m)

1,672

10

5,222

13

16,089

-11

Number of cars

128,126

2

396,581

5

1,258,462

-15

Total cars
Value of advances (£m)

2,714

8

9,382

8

31,961

-15

Number of cars

177,640

1

585,535

1

1,985,770

-18

 

Table 2: Cars bought on finance by businesses
New business

Aug 2020

% change on prev. year

3 months to Aug 2020

% change on prev. year

12 months to Aug 2020

% change on prev. year

New cars
Number of cars

18,549

-28

54,171

-51

279,422

-36

Used cars
Number of cars

3,729

-22

12,595

-13

55,222

-7