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U.S. new and used car sales 2010-2019

Sales of used light vehicles in the United States came to around 40.8 million units in 2019. In the same year, approximately 17 million new light trucks and automobiles were sold here.

Declining availability of used vehicles

Currently, there are about 280 million vehicles in operation in the United States, an increase of about 1.6 percent. The rising demand for used vehicles means that used vehicle inventories are declining. As a result, used vehicle prices are expected to increase.

E-commerce: a solution for the bumpy road ahead?

Financial reports have revealed how the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has triggered a shift in vehicle-buying behavior in the United States. With many consumer goods and services now bought online due to Covid-19 – such as hygiene products, clothing, books, etc. – the automobile industry has also started to digitally integrate its services online in an attempt to reach consumers with a preference for contactless test driving amid the global crisis. Several dealers and automobile companies had already begun to tap into online car sales prior to the pandemic, some of them being Carvana and Tesla.

New and used light vehicle sales in the United States from 2010 to 2019

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Survey time period

2010 to 2019

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