Some second-hand trucks now cost more than their original sticker price in a red-hot market – a 2-year-old Toyota Tacoma went for $1,000 more than its price when new

Cars sit outside a used car dealership with spray paint on the windows advertising the vehicles.
Used car and truck dealers have bought models for more than their original sticker price.

  • Used trucks have been sold for above their original sticker price in a red-hot market, Fox Business reported.
  • A supply crunch from factory closures and worldwide chip shortages for new vehicles have contributed to price rises.
  • But prices have climbed at a slower rate this week, according to vehicle data site Black Book.
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Some car dealers have sold used trucks for more than the original sticker price thanks to rocketing demand and a global shortage of chips needed to make new cars, Fox Business reported.

Used vehicle prices have risen by an average of 30% over the past year, according to automotive data site Black Book, per Fox Business.

Alex Yurchenko, Black Book’s senior vice president of data science, told Fox Business that he had found 73 models of vehicles between one and three years old that were being sold to dealers at auctions for more than their original price.

“The market is very strange right now,” Yurchenko told Fox Business. “Dealers need the inventory, so they are paying lots of money for their vehicles on the wholesale market.”

A vehicle’s sticker price is the manufacturer’s recommended price for retailers.

While many of the models were high-value trucks and SUVs, such as the Ford F-150 Raptor pickup, Yurchenko told Fox Business that he found modestly priced vehicles sold above their sticker price, too. For example, Yurchenko found a 2019 Toyota Tacoma SR double cab pickup, originally priced at $29,000, going for nearly $1,000 more in 2021, Fox Business reported.

“Before we get through this, prices for many mainstream vehicles will get closer to their manufacturer’s suggested retail price,” Yurchenko told Fox Business.

The inflated prices are thanks to vehicle supply shortages caused by factory closures last year, a global shortage of automotive chips, and strong demand in the vehicle market, which is even leading to some sellers making a profit on cars with broken engines.

Used vehicle prices climbed 7.3% in May, and used vehicle price rises accounted for about one-third of overall inflation, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

And used vehicle prices have also soared across the Atlantic – the UK’s Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) reported double-digit price increases over the past few months, and predicted that prices will rise further.

“We are in a kind of ‘perfect storm’ where stock is in very short supply, demand is high, and buyers are ready to spend freely,” VRA chair Philip Nothard said. Nothard said that dealers are also happy to sell older vehicles than they would’ve done previously.

The increase in used vehicle prices in the US has started to slow, with used cars climbing 0.75% last week – the lowest weekly rise in 17 weeks, Black Book told Fox Business.

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Tesla zooms past $700 billion in market value after nearly hitting 500,000 deliveries in 2020

Elon Musk
Elon Musk.

  • Tesla stock climbed as much as 5% to a fresh high on Monday, boosting the electric-car company’s market capitalization to north of $700 billion.
  • Elon Musk’s automaker exceeded its production target of 500,000 vehicles last year, and fell just short of 500,000 deliveries.
  • “So proud of the Tesla team for achieving this major milestone!” Musk tweeted about the news.
  • Tesla’s stock price soared by more than 740% in 2020.
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Tesla shares jumped as much as 5% to a record high on Monday after the automaker revealed it delivered about 500,000 vehicles to customers last year. The stock-price surge added up to $36 billion to the automaker’s market capitalization, lifting it past $700 billion for the first time.

Elon Musk’s electric-car company recorded 499,550 deliveries in 2020 – 450 short of its target. However, Tesla said its delivery figures tend to be “slightly conservative” and the final number could vary by 0.5% or more. Therefore, Musk and his team counted the performance as achieving their goal.

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“So proud of the Tesla team for achieving this major milestone!” Musk tweeted. “At the start of Tesla, I thought we had (optimistically) a 10% chance of surviving at all.”

Tesla hustled to hit its numbers last quarter. Its deliveries stood at about 318,000 at the end of September, meaning it had to deliver a demanding 180,000 vehicles in the fourth quarter.

Musk’s company also achieved its production target.┬áIt manufactured about 509,000 vehicles in 2020, exceeding its goal of 500,000.

Tesla’s stock price skyrocketed by about 740% last year, boosting its market cap to north of $600 billion. Here’s a chart showing its remarkable rally:

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