Wednesday, January 09, 2019

December 2018 TLC medallion sales

The December 2018 New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) sales results have been released to the public. And as is our practice, provided below are Jim Shenwick’s comments about those sales results.

1. The volume of transfers fell from November. In December, there were 95 unrestricted taxi medallion sales.

2. 87 of the 95 sales were foreclosure sales (92%), which means that the medallion owner defaulted on the bank loan and the banks were foreclosing to obtain possession of the medallion. We disregard these transfers in our analysis of the data, because we believe that they are outliers and not indicative of the true value of the medallion, which is a sale between a buyer and a seller under no pressure to sell (fair market value).

3. The large volume of foreclosure sales (approximately 92%) is in our opinion evidence of the continued weakness in the taxi medallion market.

4. The eight regular sales for consideration ranged from a low of $162,500 (two medallions) to $170,000 (four medallions) and a high of $175,000 (two medallions), for a median value of $170,000, a 5.5 % decline from November’s median value of $180,000. 

5.  The fact that 92% of all transfers in December 2018 were foreclosure sales shows continued weakness in the taxi medallion market and no sign of a correction.

6. At Shenwick & Associates we believe that the value of a medallion is approximately $162,000+ and dropping.

Please continue to read our blog to see what happens to medallion pricing in the future. Any individuals or businesses with questions about taxi medallion valuations or workouts should contact Jim Shenwick at (212) 541-6224 or via email at

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