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      09-08-2020, 01:04 PM   #199
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Hoping to sell my 02 e46 m3 SMG soon. Hopefully it will move quickly. Hoping to get a boat to make it though the rest of the pandemic with. I
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Juuuuust starting to see things normalise a little, not huge drops but things feel softer than they were a few weeks ago.

Share market is starting to slide, i wonder if confidence is waning?
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A salesman at one of my local dealerships recently told me that they had been authorized to make unusually generous offers on trade-ins and used purchases just because their inventory was at the lowest level he could ever remember.
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Local BMW dealer yesterday said car sales are slow. And in the showroom they have an M8 Comp with a "sold" sticker on it. Must be that unit volume is down, but average price is up! The salesman that sold the M8, sold my wife and I our X3. Good for him.
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A salesman at one of my local dealerships recently told me that they had been authorized to make unusually generous offers on trade-ins and used purchases just because their inventory was at the lowest level he could ever remember.
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Local BMW dealer yesterday said car sales are slow. And in the showroom they have an M8 Comp with a "sold" sticker on it. Must be that unit volume is down, but average price is up! The salesman that sold the M8, sold my wife and I our X3. Good for him.
Trying to think of a place to get less reliable sales information than a guy trying to sell you something and can't.
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From Econoday's commentary on the US CPI released this morning:

"Prices of used vehicle surged 5.4 percent in August, more than compensating for a flat reading for new vehicles and, alone, representing more than 40 percent of the core's increase."

The used vehicle market doesn't seem to be headed towards collapse.

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      09-11-2020, 09:50 PM   #208
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@Higgs Boson Thanks. What is your take on the situation as you see it today?
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      09-12-2020, 09:55 AM   #210
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@Higgs Boson Thanks. What is your take on the situation as you see it today?
In the short term I do not forsee a change in rising prices of preowned vehicles, at least not until supply meets demand.

In the long term everything will return to normal and I do not think there will be any crashing, unless you consider elevated pricing returning to normal pricing a crash, which of course it isn't.

A person has to be careful what they believe when they read or see things in the news. The media outlets copy each other's stories and when a person reads three articles that agree they consider it reinforcement rather than really just the same article they read three times, which is really just one idea over and again.

What I am saying is, no one writing an article knows when/if something is going to happen. But drama sells and if it takes telling people the sky is falling to sell ads then that's what they will do, everyone wants to be first and everyone wants to be right, but it's all guessing, sometimes the guess is right and sometimes this miss gets swept away by tomorrow's drama.

So to have long threads speculating about what will happen or what is happening is a bit of a waste, IMO, when it's all guessing, I think we would all be better served in life to observe what's in front of us and act on that, stay present. If you like more risk, sure, make bets on the future. If you are risk averse, just report on the past.

Making decisions based on unemployment rates or other macro metrics seems like a way to simply put your life on hold. Who cares if unemployment is 1% or 20%? I don't. Am I unemployed? That's what I want to know.

So if you want to buy a car, buy it today. Work hard, buy now. You only live once, carpe diem, you can't take it with you, begin with the end in mind, work backwards so you can take the steps needed to do or get what you want in this life, don't worry about the rest.

If the price is higher today than it was yesterday and you want the car today, pay today's price. Tomorrow it could be higher. And yes, you're going to lose lots of money on your car purchases unless you buy one of a handful of cars that are either really boring or you aren't allowed to drive.

Sorry for this post.
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      09-12-2020, 04:15 PM   #211
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The market SHOULD be collapsing due to catastrophic unemployment. Now, before you all get upset, I realise most of the job losses are at entry level. However, this SHOULD be catastrophic, those consumers SHOULD be spending next to nothing which SHOULD see companies shed professional, well paid staff as sales drop like a stone.

In an unaltered market this would happen, and effectively happened in 2008/9 where you can see from the graphs above, we saw a huge downturn.

All I can think of is the huge amount of stimulus money out there that is propping things up and stopping the circle fulfilling itself.
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The market SHOULD be collapsing due to catastrophic unemployment. Now, before you all get upset, I realise most of the job losses are at entry level. However, this SHOULD be catastrophic, those consumers SHOULD be spending next to nothing which SHOULD see companies shed professional, well paid staff as sales drop like a stone.

In an unaltered market this would happen, and effectively happened in 2008/9 where you can see from the graphs above, we saw a huge downturn.

All I can think of is the huge amount of stimulus money out there that is propping things up and stopping the circle fulfilling itself.
I will never get all upset over a meaningless armchair quarterback internet discussion on a BMW car forum. No one here is an expert or to be seriously listened to and we are all just looking for someone to reinforce their opinion. You're entitled to your ideas. No problem.

With that said, this is nothing like 2009 where a fraud bubble burst in the housing market that led to massive lender pullback preventing people from "affording" a house or car.

What you are seeing here, which is what I am saying, is that all the things that "should" be happening that aren't is because the sky isn't falling and the situation isn't as dire as it is portrayed. Even at the entry level, the jobs haven't disappeared. The jobs are still there, if they aren't back to work today, they will be, and everyone knows it. This is simply a self imposed pause for a group of people until the curve was flattened, which I'm thinking it is at this point.

Don't think of it as an empty refrigerator. Think of it more as an Intermittent Fasting. There's still food in the fridge, we just aren't eating it today.
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I will never get all upset over a meaningless armchair quarterback internet discussion on a BMW car forum. No one here is an expert or to be seriously listened to and we are all just looking for someone to reinforce their opinion. You're entitled to your ideas. No problem.

With that said, this is nothing like 2009 where a fraud bubble burst in the housing market that led to massive lender pullback preventing people from "affording" a house or car.

What you are seeing here, which is what I am saying, is that all the things that "should" be happening that aren't is because the sky isn't falling and the situation isn't as dire as it is portrayed. Even at the entry level, the jobs haven't disappeared. The jobs are still there, if they aren't back to work today, they will be, and everyone knows it. This is simply a self imposed pause for a group of people until the curve was flattened, which I'm thinking it is at this point.

Don't think of it as an empty refrigerator. Think of it more as an Intermittent Fasting. There's still food in the fridge, we just aren't eating it today.
I mentioned this before, just look on LinkedIn and they have a post updated weekly of hundreds of companies hiring. Some have over 100k openings. And we know that just a sample posting, many many more companies have jobs to fill. The problem is people are looking for their perfect job or feel a job is beneath them and with unemployment and stimulus money coming in, why do they need a job?
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I mentioned this before, just look on LinkedIn and they have a post updated weekly of hundreds of companies hiring. Some have over 100k openings. And we know that just a sample posting, many many more companies have jobs to fill. The problem is people are looking for their perfect job or feel a job is beneath them and with unemployment and stimulus money coming in, why do they need a job?
I agree, the stimulus money is an incentive to keep people out of work, just like welfare.

But the govt is paying people to stay home to flatten the curve, I am not the one who decides when it's flat so I'll just keep my day job.
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Folks, the stimulus checks + $600 federal unemployment compensation (both now in the past) totaled less than $1T, closer to $500b. Using 160m as a total workforce, on average each worker received around $3,000. Painting with a broad brush.

@higgs boson and Alfisti is this what you are saying is keeping used vehicle prices as high as they are today?
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I'm saying the USA broke all kinds of records for people claiming unemployment a few months ago, blew allrecords cean out the water. It makes ZERO sense that there is no knock on effect unless something is propping up the economy.

You're very smart people in here but i sense you're letting your ideology get int he way of your smarts, clearly, with that many people unemployed, there should be a huge knock on effect of lost jobs among professionals and there for a lack of demand for cinsumer goods.
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@higgs boson is this what you are saying is keeping used vehicle prices as high as they are today?
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I'm saying the USA broke all kinds of records for people claiming unemployment a few months ago, blew allrecords cean out the water. It makes ZERO sense that there is no knock on effect unless something is propping up the economy.

You're very smart people in here but i sense you're letting your ideology get int he way of your smarts, clearly, with that many people unemployed, there should be a huge knock on effect of lost jobs among professionals and there for a lack of demand for cinsumer goods.
Again, supply and demand is the answer. Demand is higher than supply, that's all there is to it. Luxury vehicles sales are up way over last year and they aren't being purchased by anyone getting a $600 check.

$600 extra for unemployed people isn't going to cause the auto industry (and real estate industry) to set records. I would bet my paycheck there is NO causation.

Even if the extra check WAS the cause, it would insinuate that demand is UP for cars, but it's pretty flat. The supply is LOW for new cars (production delays) which means people are turning to used cars instead, which as part of the cycle, means there are less used cars available. As the cycle continues with fewer fresh (new) vehicles entering the market, prices keep going up.

As new inventory levels rise back up so too will supply and demand return to normal curves/levels.
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You're not listening, like at all, to what I am saying.
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You're not listening, like at all, to what I am saying.
Alfisti You are saying that the US broke all kinds of records for people claiming unemployment. Did I get that right? I agree with you, without equivocation.

Let me ask you again, do you think that $500b in stimulus checks + enhanced unemployment insurance payments are the cause of increased used vehicle prices? Please answer: yes or no.
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Increase? No. But they should have dropped.

What I think is happening is the stimulus is enabling folks to at least hang onto what they have, people are not selling cars and houses and are buying enough goods in general to keep professionals employed int heir marketing, advertising, accounting, management etc roles that traditionally get culled once demand drops.

The upward pricing is likely a result of new car production cuts.
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