Michael is spot on with his response. Residuals are suffering across the board due to the proliferation of choice and the increasing acceptance of cheaper imports. There is no doubt the industry is suffering and manufacturers are heavily discounting. This has a roll on affect for residuals. Add to this the growing public dislike of 6 cyl vehicles and it starts to look like the perfect storm.
Retention periods are trending higher which flattens out the depreciation and reduces the whole of life costs.
Alternative disposal methods may provide a short term blip on the graph but I'd be doubtful if it was a long term solution. Some of these options may very well end up classing the Council as being a vehicle trader which in Victoria requires an LMCT certification. Generally it all comes back to the total cost of the original vehicle selection which should have been visible through the WOL analysis. Get that part reasonably correct at the start and there are no surprises at the end.
That doesn't help to dispose of the RAV. I have used Grays on Line for the disposal of some small or obsolete plant, with some good results. Not sure about vehicles or larger plant. The advantage with something like Grays, Pickles or Manheim is that it is a public auction process and satisfies the requirements of auditors and Acts. Not sure if the eBay option would pass muster (in Vic anyway). Always happy to hear others thoughts.
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