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Will increase in COE supply further dampen premium prices?

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According to the statement made by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on 12th July 2018, there will be a 12.5% increase in Certificates of Entitlement (COE) quota from August to October. We have already seen the last round of COE premiums ended at their lowest in 8 years. Will the increase in COE supply further dampen premium prices?

Key facts breakdown about COE quota:

  • COE quota has increased by 1,023 from 8,202 per month to 9,225 per month for the month of August to October
  • 586 out of 1,023 additional COE are CAT D (for motorcycles)
  • Average monthly quota for CAT A will increase from 2,867 to 3,328 per month
  • Average monthly quota for CAT B will decrease slightly from 2,559 to 2,529 per month
  • Average monthly quota for CAT E also decrease slightly from 1,113 to 1,055

While COE quota might seem to increase as a whole, the breakdown above showed clearly that for motorcars, only CAT A quota has increased.

Many car buyers may think that CAT A COE premium will fall even further with increased quota. However, that might not be the case. This is because the recent fall in CAT A COE premium to $25,000 in the last round of bidding has resulted in customers rushing to showrooms in hope to get a good bargain for their new car. This causes an increase in demand for CAT A cars thus resulting in COE premium increase in the next few bidding rounds. Although the increase in quota might absorb some of the increment in CAT A premium, it would be unlikely that COE premium would fall further. It is expected that premiums would stay or end a bit higher in upcoming rounds.

If you are considering to purchase a new car, wait no further. Now is probably the best time to shop around especially if you are looking to purchase a CAT A car. This is because the chance for COE to drop further for CAT A is slim due to increase in demand in this period. Cars & Stars is offering an attractive price package for CAT A cars. Honda Fit 1.3 GF is now selling at only $72,888. Visit our showroom to view the full collection of our cars at 50 Ubi Ave 3 #01-01/02 S(408866).

Alternatively, contact our sales team to find out more:

Alan Siow: 9787 5841
Samuel: 9862 9343
Nicholas: 9271 9273
Dexter: 9723 5513

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