I saw in another post that Ally publishes all of its RV data, including historical RV data. I didn’t know about this! Of course, Ally’s RV are probably very different from captives. But I still think there is probably a lot of useful information in there:
- How much do RVs fluctuate historically?
- Can we identify or predict trends in RVs based on prior months?
- Are there any obnoxiously high RVs right now? (Cough Tacoma cough)
The data is in PDFs. For example, here is the current version. Edit: Apparently Ally really does not want you to link directly to anything on their site. Go to Ally dealer services, click Tools (upper right side of screen), and then Residual Value Lease Guide (RVLG).
I converted this with
pdftotext and got something like the following, which looks annoying but probably parseable:
New Vehicle Residual Values Model Year Make 2019 VOLVO Model Description 12 24 27 30 36 39 42 48 60 4dr Sdn T5 Momentum (860136 &105) 48 48 47 45 43 41 40 36 28 4dr Sdn T5 R-Design (860136 &111) 48 48 47 45 43 41 40 36 29
I suspect there are better tools for extracting data from PDFs. Any ideas?