John Leech, KPMG UK head of automotive, comments on the UK new car sales registrations published by the SMMT today:
"The real story in 2013 has been the success of the Personal Car Plan (“PCP”) offered by car manufacturers – indeed the way the British buy cars has been truly transformed. Gone are the days where the consumer asks the bank for a personal loan. Car dealers now sell finance with the car where half the price is paid over 36 months and the remaining half is cleared by a bullet payment at the end of the 3 years. This has been great for new car sales as consumers choose to take a new car on another PCP rather than pay the bullet. However, the danger for car manufacturers and used car dealers is that the supply of three year old cars is starting to ramp up and, maybe in a year or two from now, will exceed demand leading to a potential residual value price crash and increased risk of loan default by consumers.”
The KPMG 2014 global automotive executive survey, released today, found that cost conscious consumers are driving car manufacturers to focus on smaller engines and also the use of technology to create cleaner, more efficient vehicles. Download the KPMG 2014 Global Automotive Executive Survey (PDF 2.45 MB)
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