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The United States Of Used Cars

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There are more than 250 million used cars on the road in the United States and every year, close to 40 million of those used cars change hands. Used-car sales volumes typically dwarf new-car sales. But how does the fleet of used cars for sale look in different parts of the country? We analyzed our database of more than 3 million current classifieds from different providers plus outside data sources to create this snapshot--the United States of Used Cars.

New versus used: While the new-car market is averaging about 14 million units over the past five years (and is on pace for 16 million sales this year, based on recent volumes), the used-car market towers above it, with roughly 40 million cars sold each year. Of those, many are sold by private parties, but a sizable percentage are sold through some of the 45,000 independent used-car dealerships--or sold as certified pre-owned vehicles through the nearly 18,000 new-car dealers in the U.S.

Used-car prices: In our snapshot, the average list price of a used car is $19,741.44. By state, you may find better bargains in Michigan, where the average price is lowest, at $16,489.

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Where you'll find the oldest--and newest--used cars: The average car on America's roads today is more than 11 years old. When it comes time to buy a used car, that becomes an important fact, since used-car ages and prices are at a high. You'll find the oldest used cars in the District of Columbia, where the average used car is 8 years old; the youngest used cars come from West Virginia and Arkansas, at 3.9 years old.

Average mileage, by state: In some states, long commuting and traveling distances mean a lot of miles racked up quickly. The states with the highest average miles on used cars are in the west: South Dakota tops the list, at nearly 80,000 miles average for all used cars on sale. The lowest-mileage cars? They're found in Alaska, which has few roads to connect its major cities, and a state capital best reached by air or by boat.

Most popular brands: The nameplates you'll see on used cars most often are no mystery. The best-selling vehicle in America for the past 33 years, the Ford F-150, is also the best-selling used vehicle in 22 states. The Chevy Silverado is the best seller in 10 other states, while the Honda Accord tops the used-car sales charts in seven states. By brand, Ford is the leader in used-car sales in 22 states.

 

Chevrolet Silverado Tops The List In These 10 States:

  • Wyoming
  • Nebraska
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Maine
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia


Ford F-150 Tops The List In These 22 States:

  • South Dakota
  • Washington
  • Montana
  • Oregon
  • Idaho
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Alabama
  • Kansas
  • Mississippi
  • Arizona
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Colorado
  • Louisiana
  • Georgia
  • Missouri
  • Texas
  • New Mexico
  • Pennsylvania
  • Arkansas
  • Alaska


Chevrolet Impala Tops The List In These 4 States:

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
  • Wisconsin


Toyota Camry Tops The List In These 3 States/Regions:

  • Washington D.C.
  • Nevada
  • California


Nissan Altima Tops The List In These 3 States:

  • Rhode Island
  • Florida
  • Hawaii


Honda Accord Sedan Tops The List In These 7 States:

  • Virginia
  • New Hampshire
  • Maryland
  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Massachusetts

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