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Consumer Prices Are Going Up

Consumer Prices Are Going Up
September 1 2020

If you were hoping to find some savings during the COVID-19 pandemic, you won't find them in the many markets, unfortunately. Consumer goods suffered an initial drop in pricing. But now, because of a disrupted supply chain and the stimulus money, goods are hot again. 

Especially in the used car markets. You might be able to make a few bucks if you're willing to part with a vehicle because used-car prices are spiking due to an unusual confluence of factors during the pandemic.

The reasons? Among them are that buyers are flooding the used-car market, looking for deals amid high prices for new vehicles, low-interest rates and a shortage of new-vehicle inventory.

Used-car prices are rising again is a welcome sign for holders of automotive stocks. The used-car market is larger than the new-car market. Automotive-related stocks have risen since April as pricing has improved, but they aren’t close to recent highs.

Preowned vehicles are an important part of the value chain. Used-car pricing can affect, for instance, what new cars—and car parts—can sell for, as well as how long used cars will stay on the road. Lower used-car prices, of course, also reduce trade-in values for shoppers seeking a new ride.

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Used Car Sellers:

Vroom is a New York City-based used car retailer and e-commerce company that enables consumers to buy, sell, and finance cars online. The company was founded in August 2013 by Marshall Chesrown, Kevin Westfall, and Scott Chesrown. To date, Vroom has raised over $440 million in Venture Capital and Private Equity. It also has a refurbishment facility in Stafford, Texas, and was included on Forbes’ list of the Hottest E-Commerce Startups of 2015. Vroom Inc. went public in June 2020 and its shares rose $468 million the day after in an initial public offering under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.

Carvana is an online used car retailer based in Tempe, Arizona. The company is known for its multi-story car vending machines, and in 2018 it was reported to be the fastest-growing used car dealer in the United States.

CarMax is America's largest used-car retailer and a Fortune 500 company. The corporate entity behind the formation of CarMax was Circuit City Stores, Inc. The first CarMax used-car store opened in September 1993, 1.7 miles from Circuit City's corporate offices in Richmond, Virginia.

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