According to a recent Cox Automotive analysis, new-vehicle supply closed higher at the end of October than a month earlier, while the average listing price hit another record high, closing in on $45,000. The supply is still low by historical standards. 

“The higher inventory suggests the worst of the inventory shortage caused production cuts due to the global computer chip crisis may be over, or, at the very least, not worsening,” said Cox Automotive senior economist Charlie Chesbrough, in a recent news release about the data release.

The total U.S. supply of available unsold new vehicles remained below one million at 969,464 vehicles at the end of October, but that was up from the 885,7731 vehicles at the end of September. Of those, non-luxury vehicle supply was 830,181 vehicles; luxury was 137,107 vehicles. New-vehicle inventory levels are 63% lower than a year ago.

The days’ supply of unsold new vehicles was 33 as November opened, up from 31 at the start of October. Days’ supply of non-luxury vehicles was 32 and luxury stood at 35. The total days’ supply has hovered in the range of 29 to 33 since mid-July. Still, the days’ supply in October was 50% below a year ago.

New-vehicle inventory in October 2020 was nearly 2.6 million units for a 65 days’ supply. In pre-pandemic October 2019, supply was nearly 3.5 million vehicles for an 86 days’ supply, according to Cox Automotive data.

The Cox Automotive days’ supply is based on the daily sales rate for the most recent 30-day period. New-vehicle sales had lost momentum since June, but the October sales pace picked up. The seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) rose to 13 million from the year’s low point of 12.2 million in September. Still, with October sales still down 23% from a year ago, the SAAR was far lower than October 2020’s 16.4 million and October 2019’s 16.7 million.

For more go to

© 2022 First XV. All rights reserved.