Record Savings, More Choices for Car Shoppers in the Used Vehicle Market, According to Edmunds

Car shoppers feeling squeezed by rising new vehicle prices might be pleasantly surprised by how much further they can stretch their dollars in the used car market, according to the latest Used Vehicle Report released by the experts at Edmunds.

Edmunds data reveals that car shoppers could have saved $14,951 on average if they purchased a 3-year-old used vehicle instead of its new equivalent in the third quarter of 2019.

This is the largest average price gap between 3-year-old used and new vehicles that Edmunds has on record for the third quarter.

Thanks to a flood of off-lease trucks and SUVs entering the used car market, Edmunds experts say that shoppers no longer have to compromise on body styles and options as they have in years past.

In 2019, SUVs and trucks combined will make up 52.6% of lease returns, marking the first time that they will surpass the number of off-lease passenger cars returning to the market.

In this report, Edmunds analysts found that a shopper with a budget of $25,000 looking at vehicles in the new market would be confined to more mainstream brands, compact cars and subcompact SUVs, whereas a shopper with the same budget looking at the used market could also find luxury brands, compact SUVs and trucks as options to choose from.

For example, a shopper purchasing new would spend $21,830 on a Honda Civic, $21,212 on a Toyota Corolla, and $23,862 on a Chevrolet Trax.

But a shopper looking at the nearly new market could purchase 3-year-old BMW 3 Series for $23,237, a 3-year-old Chevrolet Colorado for $24,779, and a 3-year-old Subaru Outback for $21,081.

Looking ahead, Edmunds experts note that trend of nearly new vehicles flooding the used market doesn’t have an end in sight, given that 2019 is shaping out to be another high-volume year for retail lease sales.

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