As we dive into the second half of 2023, let's take a look at how vehicle sales and trends shaped up in the first half. Consumer preferences in the automotive industry have undergone a significant transformation towards used vehicles and electric vehicles (EVs). Factors such as economic uncertainties, technological advancements, and growing environmental concerns have all contributed to reshaping the overall landscape of the automotive market.
In Part 1 of this blog series, we spoke about the used vehicle market and the evolution of Carvana in the overall market. In this series, we'll share an inside look at the used vehicle sales data from big states with a heavy Carvana presence and how the dealerships within those states are stacking up.
Whether traditional retailers are fans or foes of the Carvana business model, consumers are gravitating towards this buying experience and other players are jumping on the bandwagon. In 2018, Carvana was reported as the fastest growing used car dealer in the United States. Since then they have increasingly continued their growth across the country with used car sales soaring. If Carvana continues to perform as they have, they will surpass all other used car retailers like Off Lease Only and CarMax, and start cutting into the traditional retailers used car market share and most importantly - profitability.
The recent pandemic has rocked the auto industry, causing vehicle sales to rapidly fall and change the way people shop for cars – focusing on the full online experience. This is where Carvana has a huge advantage. Along with announcing the opening of 100 additional locations across the country, Carvana had a strong advantage during the coronavirus era with already established online purchasing and vehicle delivery processes. We’ll take a look at one major market, Houston, and the impact Carvana has had on that area – both now and before the pandemic arrived.
Fad or not, Carvana has made a major impact in the automotive industry, committing market share robbery from the multitude of used car retailers nationwide.