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At the end of October's second Certificate of Entitlement bidding exercise, there is a drop in premiums for small cars and commercial vehicles.

20 Oct 2016 | Local News : Singapore

Premiums for Certificates of Entitlement (COE) ended mixed in the latest tender yesterday in the midst of conflicting factors. The COE premium for cars up to 1,600cc and 130bhp finished 1 percent lower at $50,991 on the back of weaker demand from private-hire players such as Uber. The premium for cars above 1,600cc or 130bhp closed 6.4 percent higher at $56,410 due to more aggressive bidding ahead of a quota shrinkage from next month. 

The price of open COEs, which can be used for any vehicle type but ends up mostly for bigger cars, was up 3.9 percent for the same reason. The commercial vehicle COE price slipped by 6.4 percent to end at a five-month low of $45,589 ahead of a 3.1 percent growth in supply next month. The supply of car COEs, on the other hand, will contract by 7-8 percent. The motorcycle premium ended $1 higher at $6,354 as growing demand from food delivery companies offset a 3.2 percent increase in the number of COEs next month.

Mr. Steve Poh, Managing Director of diversified motor dealer Motorway, said the car market is 'generally slower'. Sellers of bigger cars, however, have bigger profit margins with which to secure COEs, and many were 'chasing sales targets as the year end approaches', he said. As for the mass market, Mr. Poh reckons private-hire operators have slowed down their fleet expansion plans because 'they have problems finding drivers'.

"I'm sure they've stopped bidding for the time being," he said. Motor traders said an upcoming event - Singapore Press Holdings' [email protected] - is likely to push up demand for COEs in the next tender. The annual retail event is slated for 29th and 30th October at Singapore Expo halls 4 and 5, and is expected to generate more sales.

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