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2019 Depreciation Rate Up Sharply to 15%

Black Book analysts forecast an annual depreciation rate of 15% in 2019 as the supply of used cars and trucks increases, up from a "noticeably strong" 12.4% depreciation rate in 2018.

Manheim Auctions See Used Values Grow in January

This growth was in large part fueled by the strong performance of lower-priced vehicles. Compact cars and midsize cars, in specific, saw the strongest growth among all vehicle segments and outperformed the overall market.

Experts Forecast the 2019 Used Vehicle Market

Prices and volume are not expected to plummet in 2019, but industry experts seem to feel that the best-case scenario will be a plateau, and more realistically, will fall slightly.

Sedan Wholesale Values Strengthen Through 2018

Prior to 2018, sedans at auction had experienced three years of consecutive value declines. For sedan-heavy fleets, this may have meant an impact to total cost of ownership for those vehicles, as profits from remarketing them would have suffered. Now companies with sedan-heavy fleets may be finding that a window of opportunity to remarket those vehicles for better profit has emerged.

Safety Equipment: Taking the Lead

We bang the drum for fleet safety a lot here at Automotive Fleet. It’s an area of top concern for most of our readers and for most of the suppliers that do business with them.