COE prices for cars at eight-year lows

At the close of bidding on Wednesday (June 20), COE premiums for cars up to 1,600cc and 130bhp dropped by 6.4 per cent to $34,110 - the lowest since November 2010.
At the close of bidding on Wednesday (June 20), COE premiums for cars up to 1,600cc and 130bhp dropped by 6.4 per cent to $34,110 - the lowest since November 2010.ST FILE PHOTO

SINGAPORE - Certificate of Entitlement (COE) prices for cars continued to tumble at the latest tender exercise, with premiums for smaller cars hitting an eight-year low.

At the close of bidding on Wednesday afternoon (June 20), COE premiums for cars up to 1,600cc and 130bhp dropped by 6.4 per cent to $34,110 - the lowest since November 2010.

For cars above 1,600cc or 130bhp, COE prices tumbled from $36,000 to $33,900, falling by 5.8 per cent. COE premiums for this category continue to remain at an eight-year low, surpassed only by March 2010’s price of $26,389. 

In the open category, which is for any vehicle type except motorcycles, COE premiums fell 7 per cent, from $37,000 to $34,400 - also maintaining at an eight-year low.

Industry players say the falling COE prices for cars are due to the Vehicular Emissions Scheme (VES) being tightened from July 1 (2018), adding a fifth pollutant of particulate matter into the measurement.

This will result in certain models of cars becoming more expensive, as they will attract surcharges starting from $10,000.

Mr Ron Lim, head of sales and marketing at Tan Chong Motors, said demand for COEs would have been higher earlier as dealers try to sell off their vehicles affected by the VES.

But this is the last COE bidding exercise before July and the prices now are more reflective of the current buying sentiment.

Mr Lim added: “With the impact of the VES coming into play and the dust settling, we will see if consumers will ‘bite’ from here on.”

Managing director of used-car dealer Yong Lee Seng Motor, Mr Raymond Tang, said dealers could also be holding off their bids, in the expectation that COE prices will further soften next month. 

Mr Tang expects COE prices to either maintain at their current levels or move up in the next round.

Meanwhile, COE prices for motorcycles also dipped, from $7,001 to $6,889, a marginal drop of 1.6 per cent. In the goods vehicles and buses segment, however, COE premiums edged upwards by 7 per cent, from $29,902 to $32,001.

Latest COE results:

Category Current COE premium ($) Previous COE premium ($)
A - Car (1600cc & below) 34,110 36,426
B - Car (above 1600cc)  33,900 36,000
C - Goods vehicle & bus 32,001 29,902
D - Motorcycle 6,889 7,001
E - Open 34,400 37,000