Monday, January 22, 2024

SUV demand drives up used car prices in the market


CHENNAI: When Dilip Singh was looking to sell his seven-year-old SUV whose odometer had clocked nearly 1 lakh km, he was surprised to find that he managed nearly 70% of the cost of the vehicle.

With new car prices soaring over the last few years, the value of used cars has also gone up. In the last two years, the average ticket prices in the used car market has gone up to 6-6.5 lakh from Rs 3-3.5 lakh, said Vinay Sanghi, CEO, CarTrade group "Since new car ticket size has also gone up by around 30%, it's spilling over to the used car market too as in all types of cars, people opt for buying the top-end variant," he said.

Used car marketers say the demand pull means a slightly older SUV is available for the price of a hatch. "Currently, used SUV prices can start from as low as Rs 3.5 lakh while hatchbacks prices can start from Rs 2 lakh only," said Gajendra Jangid, co-founder and CMO, CARS24 Services.

Compact SUVs have become top draws, and in the luxury space specific models like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi Q3, and BMW X1 Series are particularly popular, said Niraj Singh, founder and CEO of Spinny. The platform's top models range from just under Rs 2 lakh to Rs 7.5 lakh. While the Grand i10 starts from 1.5 lakh, a Baleno is priced between 4.7 lakh and Rs 7.1 lakh, while a used Kwid is available from around Rs 2.49 lakh to Rs 4.9 lakh.

"The new car product mix has been changing in favour of SUVs which are pricier and these have started to come to the used car market as well. Also, many new entry-level car buyers are preferring to buy better equipped, bigger B-seg used cars at the same price. This has also led to the decline of the entry level segment which has not seen any new offerings," said Ravi Bhatia, president, JATO Dynamics The used passenger vehicle market is currently estimated at 5.5 million units, growing 10-12% annually, compared to the new PV market of just over 4 million units.

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