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Used Vehicle Retention Index

Black Book’s Retention Index Climbs to October 2016 Level

The firm’s Used Vehicle Retention Index for September increased by 1.9% from a year ago to 116, with all vehicle segments showing increases. The compact crossovers, mid-size crossovers, compact car, full-size pickup, and mid-size car segments were the main drivers.

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Black Book: Used Retention Index Rises on Early Spring Selling Activity

The spring selling season got off to an early start, leading to a slight month-over-month uptick in the firm’s Used Vehicle Retention Index. The big question is how the harsh weather that has recently struck parts of the country will impact values moving forward.

Black Book Index Climbs for Second Straight Month

The last remaining replacement activity stemming from hurricanes Harvey and Irma drove continued vehicle value stability and shopping demand in October, with the firm’s index rising to 114.6 in October.

Black Book’s Index Records Largest Single-Month Increase Since 2012

Fueling the increase was vehicle replacement activity related to Hurricane Harvey, which began last month. According to Black Book, compact cars, compact crossover SUVs, full-size cars, and mid-size cars each realized significant month-over-month increases within the index.

Black Book: Used-Vehicle Retention Index Remained Unchanged in July

The index has remained unchanged or moved positive in three of the last four months, according to officials. Posting noticeable gains in their respective segment indexes were full-size cars, full-size pickups, luxury cars, and near-luxury cars.