According to a recent analysis, 2018 saw used car sales which were 4 lakh units over new car sales. The used car market in India clocked sales of 40 lakh units in 2018 as compared to 36 lakh units in the past year while in terms of value, the used car market clocked sales of Rs 1.4 lakh crores as against Rs.2.2 lakh crores for new cars.
This could be attributed to the exceptionally high number of new car launches or facelifts of old models during the period January –December 2018. This saw an influx of used cars less than 2 years old in the market which had clocked less than 20,000 kms.
Analysts are also of the opinion that this trend will increase and while the ratio is seen at just over 1 in India is set to move to 2 or 3 as is seen in other major economies line Germany, US and Brazil. That means, in the coming years, compared to new car business, used car business is set to grow at a much faster pace.
In India, the spurt in the used car market is mostly active in the entry level segment. Most used cars sold in India are – Maruti Alto, WagonR, Swift and Hyundai i10. These 4 cars account for 60 percent of the used car market. In comparison, new car market has seen a change in trend. In new car market, it is the entry level sedan segment that is seeing a growing demand.
But the organized used car market is very small than the unorganized sector. Organized sector accounts to about 15-20% of the overall used car transactions. While the unorganized sector takes the remaining market share. Unorganized sector includes the likes of local dealers, online platform (OLX, Quikr, CarDekho, CarWale, Zigwheels), etc
While the second hand car market is growing, the new car market is in dire straits. Maruti Suzuki India Limited has been citing flat sales over the past 8 months. The company has even cut total production by 8.3 percent in February 2019 due to subdued sales.