Dave Paris

Used Vehicle Price Index on Track to Reach Highest Level Since Late 2015

Data collected through the first three weeks of August shows that used vehicle prices have improved relative to July and are on track to end the month even stronger than anticipated. So far month-to-date, the J.D. Power Valuation Services’ Seasonally Adjusted Used Vehicle Price Index has increased by 2.3 points – relative to July – to 122.0. August’s preliminary result marks the third consecutive month of index growth and puts it on track to reach its highest level since late 2015.

#Dieselgate Update: Volkswagen Gasoline Models Faring Well

07/03/2017 07:08 PM

As might be expected, it appears new VW brand sales received a shot in the arm from the spike in demand generated by the repurchase program. Volkswagen’s new vehicle sales were down substantially over the 13 months after the diesel scandal became public in September 2015. In fact, sales dropped by an average of 21% per month over the period. However, new VW brand sales have now increased by an average of 21% per month in the three months since the repurchase program went live last November.

This or That? NEW BMW 3-Series VS. CPO BMW 7-Series

22/08/2016 02:50 PM

In this inaugural edition of NADA Used Car Guide’s This or That?, we’re pitting two popular BMW sedans against each other: the iconic 3-Series and luxurious 7-series. Both can be purchased for roughly the same amount and are covered under BMW manufacturer-backed warranty programs. However, one of these vehicles was nearly $100,000 when it was new, and is now three years old.

Volkswagen Emissions Issue Update – Week 5

Regarding wholesale auction prices, not much has changed compared to last week. Gas-powered Jetta and Passat prices for model years 2011-2013 have fallen by amounts similar to those of their respective segment. In the five most recent weeks post-issue, 2011-2013 gas-powered Jetta prices declined by a range of 4.2% – 9.2%. During this same period compact car segment prices were down by an average of 3.2% – 3.9%. Similar to the Jetta, 2012 – 2013 gas-powered Passat prices have declined by 1.9% – 6.8%, whereas average midsize car prices declined by 3.1% – 3.8%.

Ford F-150 SuperCab Falls Short In Crash Test

The all-new aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 crew cab recently received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s 2015 Top Safety Pick award; however, the extended cab version struggled in an important small overlap crash test. While crew cab versions of the F-150 earned solid ratings for occupant protection in all five IIHS crashworthiness evaluations, extended cab versions earned good ratings in four out of five assessments, but only managed a marginal rating in a key small overlap front crash.