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In the first Certificate of Entitlement bidding round for May, premiums for Cat A and B fell slightly while those for Cat E continued to climb.

05 May 2021 | Local News : Singapore


CAT Premium Change Quota No. of bids
A $48,002 ▼ $1,638  832 1,100
B $60,001 ▼ $1,189  819 1,244
C $43,001 ▼ $1,000  157 261
E $63,002 ▲  $902   268 387


In the first round of COE bidding for May, COE prices rose for Cat E while premiums for Cat A and Cat B fell.

The annouced contraction in COE supply for the quarter starting this month coupled with the high COE premiums last session may have dissuaded some from making their purchases this bidding session. This could also explain the drop in bids received this round compared to the last.

Get data on past COE bidding exercises at our COE bidding results page.


Cat A COE - Premiums drop $1,638

Premiums for Cat A, for cars up to 1,600cc in engine capacity and with an output of no more than 130bhp, ended their four-session climb to slip $1,638 (3.3%) this bidding round, finally ending at $48,002.

The slip sees premiums for the category still standing at 25.8% above the 12-month trailing average.

The number of unsuccessful bids this round exceeded the available quota by 32%, lower than the average of 53% for Cat A in the last 12 months.


Cat B COE - Premiums slip $1,189

Premiums for Cat B, for larger cars with more than 130bhp or engine displacements larger than 1,600cc, also took a hit this bidding round, slipping by $1,189 (1.9%) to reach $60,001.

The slip sees premiums for the category currently standing at 42.7% above the 12-month trailing average.

The total number of unsuccessful bids this round exceeded the quota available by 52%, just slightly lower than the 12-month average of 54%.


Cat C COE - Premiums ease by $1,000

In Cat C, for goods vehicles and buses, premiums slipped this bidding session, dropping this round by $1,000 (2.3%), to close at $43,001.

The number of unsuccessful bids this round exceeded the available quota by 66%, lower than the 12-month trailing average of 69%.


Cat E COE - Still going strong

Cat E, the open category, was the only category to continue climbing this bidding session, going up by $902 (1.3%) to close at $63,002.

The number of unsuccessful bids this round exceeded the available quota by 44%, lower than the 12-month trailing average of 62%.

*The 12-month trailing average only takes into consideration the months wherein there was active COE bidding.


Prevailing Quota Premium

The Prevailing Quota Premium is the amount to be paid for COE renewal and is computed from the moving average of the previous three-months of COE prices. Those looking to renew the COE on their cars will thus have to pay the following prices for the respective months.

Category Prevailing Quota Premium
A $44,138 (May)
B $49,716 (May)
C $40,522 (May)


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