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COE prices close mostly higher during latest round of bidding

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Certificate of entitlement (COE) premiums ended mostly higher in the first round of bidding for this month, which closed on Wednesday (March 7) at 4pm.

CERTIFICATE of entitlement (COE) premiums ended mostly higher in the first round of bidding for this month, which closed on Wednesday (March 7) at 4pm.

The biggest jump was for cars up to 1,600cc and 130bhp, which closed at $38,830. This is an increase of about 5.5 per cent from $36,810 previously.

Mr Ron Lim, general manager of Nissan agent Tan Chong Motors, said the COE price for these smaller cars during the last round of bidding two weeks ago hit a "sweet spot" for buyers."The price hit a threshold that buyers felt comfortable coming in," he said, adding that this resulted in the higher prices this time around.

Premiums for motorcyles hit $8,009, up 4.5 per cent from $7,667.

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Prices for the open category - which can be used for any vehicle type except motorcycles,but is mostly used for bigger cars- finished at $39,000, up from $38, 801.

COE prices for cars above 1,600cc or 130bhp saw the smallest increase, going up by just one dollar to close at $39,001.

The higher prices show that the demand for vehicles is bouncing back, after dropping slightly during Chinese New Year, said Yong Lee Seng Motor managing director Raymond Tang."We see more people in the showrooms, both for new cars as well as for used models," he said.

Only COE prices for commercial vehicles showed a decrease, dipping 2.3 per cent to $36,003 from $36,859.

However, the decrease is marginal, said Mr Lim, noting that COE premiums for commercial vehicles were higher earlier this year.

This could be a result of small and medium-sized enterprises re-opening after the Chinese New Year break and buying vehicles once again, stemming the decline in prices, he said.

THE STRAITS TIMES

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