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Thinking of selling your car? Taking note of current COE prices can help you maximise your profits when you decide to sell your car.
Category: Car Selling Advice
There are many ways to sell your car for a profit. That includes selling it yourself, or through a consignment deal, or going through bidding through used car auction sites like Quotz.
But understanding the new and used car market is also important. And it all starts from understanding COE prices.
When COE prices are high, does demand for used cars go up?
For some years now, this has been the case. And its effects may often be slightly delayed when it comes to the used car market.
COE prices were enjoying some consistency up till 2010, when prices started to head upwards.
By April 2010, Cat B COE prices crossed the $40,000 mark for the first time since 2002. By January 2013, prices for both Cat A and Cat B exceeded $90,000.
Some who were in the trade back then would recall how used car marts were packed. While new car prices were high, used cars became desirable due to the significant difference in cost as many were registered with low COEs.
Looking at the Annual Vehicle Statistics published by LTA, it certainly confirms this. New car registrations took a dip - from 68,674 cars in 2009 to 22,008 in 2013.
But if you look at the number of vehicles transferred during the same period, you'll see the opposite effect - 34,003 in 2009 compared to 63,005 in 2013.
While transfer of ownership of a vehicle can be for many reasons, the up trend can still be likened to the demand for used cars during that period.
High COE or low COE, what does this mean for my car and me?
Before we factor the current market valuation for your car, it is good to understand 'paper value' - which is the combination of COE and PARF (if applicable) rebates upon deregistration, excluding body value.
A car may have high paper value if it was bought with an expensive COE. A car bought with low COE on the other hand, may not attract as much in terms of paper value.
So, if COE prices suddenly do take a significant dip, new cars might be more appealing compared to used cars with high paper value and dealer markups.