Used car Market in US Size,Trends, Forecast & Risk 2019-2025

December 23, 2019
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  1. Automotive retailers are now improving Omni-channel presence( swift movement between online platform and physical store/experience centers) across the country to sell more cars and increase their GPU( Gross profit per unit)
  2. The acquisition price for dealers has remained more or less flat in 2019, which went up by $400-$500 each in 2017 and 2018
  3. In California, the biggest car market in US, the sales of new cars are higher than <6 year old used cars. Los Angeles is the largest 0-3 year old used car market in US. Contrary to new car sales, sedans outsell trucks by a significant margin in used car market in California
  4. In 2019, small(Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla etc) and midsize cars(Honda Accord, Toyota Camry etc) showed the strongest price appreciation. SUVs/ crossovers and Pickups have also shown strong demand, too, but a higher supply inventory has suppressed prices so far



Used car sales in any country is a derivative of the new car market.  In a market like US where 70-80% of new vehicles sold are either leased/financed, the new cars make their way to used car market in a span of 3-4 years, when the lease/finance period gets over.

Info Graphic : used car market in us




Used car market in US- Market segmentation by vehicle segment, vehicle type and transaction price



Now that the average transaction prices of new cars in US have gone up to ~$34,500, due to consumer shift to high priced and well-equipped pickups and SUVs, they are now out of reach for many low and mid-income buyers. On the other hand, the average transaction prices in used car segment have now inched closer to $20k mark still offering a ~40%-50% saving on new cars depending on vehicle segment and trim.



  1. Connectivity and convenience features have been big selling points for consumers whereas hybridization and other hi-tech features have found very few takers
  2. SUVs and pickups now make up for ~70% of new car sales but in the used car market, their combined share is only ~55-60%.
  3. The average age and miles driven by used cars in 2019 has come down by ~15% as compared to 2013-2014
  4. The share of franchise and certified pre-owned vehicles in total used car sales has come down from 38% to 34% in past few years, indicating growth in consumer to consumer transactions
  5. The average savings in buying a 3 yr old used sedan as compared to new cars is ~35%-45% whereas in SUVs and pickups it ranges between 25%-38%
  6. CPO(Certified Pre-owned) vehicles now account for ~6% of total used car sales and are an important tool for OEMs to reach first time Millenial buyers




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The annual used car sales in US are typically in the range of ~40-42 M units i.e. 2-2.5X of new car sales. More than 90% used car  transactions happen in the $5k-$33k price range

Used cars sold in US between 2013-2018 in Million units


The used car market in US is estimated at $750B in 2019 growing at –% CAGR till 2025



The used car sales which are now enabled by simple click of a button ensure more transparency about the vehicle, buyer and seller , significantly enhancing the overall process. Most prominent examples include 

  • Sonic Automotive launched an app for vehicle appraisals 
  • Group 1 Motors launched “Accelride” which allows users to browse vehicle inventory, select financing and payment terms and coordinate home-delivery
  • Carvana developed a proprietary vehicle-acquisition algorithm to customize its vehicle inventory to an individual customer`s needs


In China, the online used car companies raised more than $1 Billion in 2018 alone. To know more about it, read our Online used car market in China report



The used car market in US is fragmented and open for new entrants. The top 10 used vehicle retailers contribute to less than 10% used car sales in US. CarMax is the market leader with less than 2% market share, followed by Penske Automotive Group.

Certified pre-owned vehicles are selling quicker with better margins than similar non-certified pre-owned vehicles.As a result,Honda and Acura are now re-branding and creating a second tier of certification of their certified pre-owned vehicles, offering free oil changes and road-side assistance. Costco is reportedly in talks with multiple OEMs to offer its Costco Automotive program.



  1. Carvana
  2. Carmax Business Services, LLC
  3. Truecar Inc.
  4. AutoNation
  5. CarsDirect
  6. CarGurus
  7. Autotrader, Inc.
  8. Cox Automotive, Inc.
  9. Penske Automotive Group
  10. Sonic Automotive
  11. Group 1 Motors
  12. Lithia Motors
  13. Swap Motors
  14. Lazy Chimp
  15. Current Automotive
  16. Blinker
  17. R8TR
  18. Tred




  1. Estimated and Forecasted market size for 2019-2025
  2. Most important consumer trends, which features are most sought after in different regions
  3. Underlying opportunity for automotive aftermarket components and services
  4. Market share of leading vendors and their growth strategies
  5. Impact of digital disruption and opportunity for new vendor or a new tech platform in used car market in US
1Market Segmentation3
2Executive Summary5-6
4Wholesale car volumes and Pricing – Past analysis and future outlook11-14
5Certified Pre-owned car volumes and Pricing – Past analysis and future outlook15-19
6Gross profit per unit analysis(2014-2019), by region, future outlook20-24
7Retail sales by franchised dealers(2014-2019), by vehicle type, future outlook25-28
8Average marketing/advertising cost per unit (2014-2019), by media, future outlook29-30
9Used car dealerships expansion, by region, future outlook31-33
10Potential in used electric car market, future outlook34-35
11Impact of online used car platforms on brick and mortar dealerships36-38
12Used Car Finance, by lender type39-41
13Vehicle inventory assessment, by vehicle age and region42-45
14Market Size ,Dynamics and Forecast By Vehicle segment46-60
15Market Size ,Dynamics and Forecast By Vehicle age61-178
16Market Size ,Dynamics and Forecast By Transaction type80-95
17Market Size ,Dynamics and Forecast By Transaction price96-104
18Competitive Landscape, Market share of major vendors105-107
19Company Profiles108-120
20Unmet needs and Market Opportunity for new vendors121-122
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