SINGAPORE - Certificate of entitlement (COE) prices ended mostly higher in the latest tender on Wednesday (April 18), slowing down a downtrend which started more than a year ago.
COE premiums for cars up to 1,600cc and 130bhp closed at $38,510, up from $37,000 two weeks ago. COE prices for cars above 1,600cc or 130bhp finished at $37,330, down from $37,605.
Premiums for the Open COE, which can be used for any vehicle type except motorcycles, ended at $38,389, up from $38,039.
With the latest results, car COE prices are still hovering at their lowest in over a year.
Commercial vehicle COE premiums finished at $34,202, up from $34,001.
Motorcycle premium closed at $7,115, hardly changed from the $7,114 previously. Traders said where the two-wheeler COE will head depends on the response to the Government's recent offer to pay owners $3,500 for each old machine taken off the road.
Industry watchers expect car COE prices to remain subdued for the rest of the year, even if the following three-month quotas are expected to shrink a little.
They said another emission requirement which will kick in in July will render many models unviable here. This in turn will lead to lower demand for COEs.
Latest COE results:
|Category||Current COE premium ($)||Previous COE premium ($)|
|A - Car (1600cc & below)||38,510||37,000|
|B - Car (above 1600cc)||37,330||37,605|
|C - Goods vehicle & bus||34,202||34,001|
|D - Motorcycle||7,115||7,114|
|E - Open||38,389||38,039|