CBB Index Increases Marginally in March 

The Canadian wholesale market continues to show overall stability 

Canadian Black Book today released its Used Vehicle Retention Index for March 2023, which sits at 158.0 points (a +0.1% MOM decrease). Year-over-year, the Index has decreased –4.2%.

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“The Canadian wholesale market continues to show overall stability as the economy continues to show strength and the US wholesale market heats up.” says David Robins, Principal Automotive Analyst and Head of Canadian Vehicle Valuations at Canadian Black Book.  

The Index peaked in March of 2022 at 165 Index points. Preceding the March peak was a run of unprecedented growth in used values beginning in the late summer of 2020, when the Index was as low as 100.5 points. 

Month-over-month, all but 3 segments saw growth. Minivan (+5.49%), Compact Crossover/SUV (+4.16%), and Sub-Compact Crossover (+3.48%) saw the greatest strength. Compact Van (-0.86%), Full-Size Van (-0.10%), and Prestige Luxury Car (-0.05%) were the 3 segments that declined. 

Prestige Luxury Car however, saw the largest year-over-year decrease at 16.40%. The highest year-over-year increase was Full-Size Van at 1.71%. 

The Canadian Black Book Used Vehicle Retention Index is calculated using CBB’s published Wholesale Average value on two to six-year-old used vehicles, as a percent of original typically equipped MSRP. It is weighted based on registration volume and adjusted for seasonality, vehicle age, mileage, and condition. The Index offers an accurate, representative, and unbiased view of the strength of today’s used vehicle market values.  The Index dates to January 2005, where the Canadian Black Book published a benchmark index value of 100.0 for the market.  

For 60 years, Canadian Black Book has been the trusted and unbiased Canadian automotive industry source for vehicle values. Today the company has grown into a leading data provider of vehicle valuations, residual value forecast solutions, and VIN decoding. Canadian Black Book tools and information are considered ‘The Authority’ for vehicle values not only by car dealers and manufacturers but also the leasing, finance, insurance, and wholesale sectors. In 2020 Canadian Black Book brought to market its Enhance Vehicle Matching (EVM) solution, which will allow the industry to decode more consistently 17 digits VINs down to a specific trim package allowing a more precise vehicle valuation.   

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