Following reports of 0.1 per cent growth in new car sales last month, British Car Auctions (BCA) has released its used car sales data for the previous month. Used car values in August were found to be £270 or 4.5 per cent above the same month last year _ despite vehicles sold being on average older and with higher mileage. BCA has attributed the majority of the year-on-year increase to an overall shortage of high quality vehicles for sale. Average fleet and lease car values improved by £101 last month; reaching a new record monthly value of £8,154. Year-on-year the fleet and lease sector has recorded double digit improvements over the last three months and indications suggest the rise will continue in the short term through September. Tony Gannon, communications director for BCA, said: "August provided another welcome result for used car sellers because of a general shortage of vehicles for sale. "But the short term prospects suggest that volumes will rise from mid-September onwards. This traditionally exerts some pressure on average values and conversion rates and that could be even more pronounced this year thanks to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the economy and the pressure on consumer disposable income." Earlier last month a report found that many fleet operators are being left with no choice but to keep fleet vehicles beyond their manufacturer warranties, simply because they could not afford to adequately replace them. At IT Fleet Automotive we work hard to ensure our client's fleets remain roadworthy for as long as possible. We aim to safeguard the profitability of any business dependent on its transport. With our own industry leading fleet refurbishment service we can repair isolated damage at minimum cost, whilst providing a comprehensive logistics service across the UK every step of the way, whatever the volume or location. If you would like to discuss your fleet's requirements with us call our friendly team today on 01473 313057 or fill in our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.