China Used Car Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The China Second Hand Car Market is segmented by Vehicle Type (Hatchback, Sedan, Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), and Multi-purpose Vehicle (MPV)), by Booking Channel (Online, OEM Certified/Authorized Dealerships, and Multi-Brand Dealerships), and by Transaction Type (Full Payment and Finance). The market size and forecasts for used cars in terms of value (USD billion) for all the above segments.

China Used Car Market Size

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China Used Car Market Summary
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Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Forecast Data Period 2024 - 2029
Historical Data Period 2019 - 2022
CAGR 12.68 %
Market Concentration Medium

Major Players

China Used Car Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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China Used Car Market Analysis

The Chinese Used Car Market is valued at USD 57.42 billion, and it is expected to reach USD 104.3 billion in the next five years, projecting a CAGR of 12.68% during the forecast period.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, the market experienced a substantial decline. Despite the fact that buyers' reluctance to purchase new vehicles and lower cash reserves prevented them from doing so, the slump was not as significant as that of new car sales. However, the market is anticipated to resume its pace in the coming years as life returns to normal. Because public transportation can be risky, the pandemic made owning a car an unavoidable part of life. Before COVID-19, people who preferred public transportation are now potential buyers in the market for used cars.

There were approximately 17.59 million used cars sold in China in 2021, a 22.7% increase from 2020. This was because a large portion of the population planned to purchase a car after the virus subsided and mobility restrictions had been lifted. Taking into account the affordability factor and interest in SUVs, the Chinese used car market is expected to grow in the near future.

However, given the pandemic's employment uncertainty, pay cuts, and job losses, new cars are becoming increasingly out of reach for middle-class consumers. Used cars offer a viable and balanced alternative.Chinese authorities have instructed local governments to eliminate policies that prevent cross-regional sales of used cars in order to facilitate trade and increase consumption in the country.

China Used Car Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the China Used Car Market according to our research experts:

Internet Penetration Creating Demand for Online Channels

Due to the rapid expansion of online channels in the industry, the Chinese used car market is expanding. For e-customer experience and brand recognition, Chinese online used car selling platforms are increasing their investments in physical retail stores. Online marketplaces for used cars have been used by an increasing number of Chinese buyers. These marketplaces have lavishly spent on advertising campaigns to convince customers that purchasing cars online is less expensive, simpler, and more transparent than visiting a dealership. However, the players have relied on venture capital firms for consistent funding and investment up until this point.

Between 2020 and 2021, this number increased by 85 million, or 10%. In the same month, 65.2% of Chinese people used the internet. By using digitalization to make their offerings more appealing to customers, used car dealers are taking advantage of this technological advancement and becoming more organized.

More people are buying used cars in the country due to features like the availability of a lot of photos and videos of the cars on online platforms and the ease with which they can get financing online.

Due to the rapid expansion of online channels in the industry, the Chinese used car market is expanding. In an effort to enhance customer experience and brand recognition, Chinese online platforms for selling used cars are increasing their investments in physical retail stores. Online marketplaces for used cars are being used by an increasing number of Chinese buyers.These marketplaces have lavishly spent on advertising campaigns to convince customers that purchasing cars online is less expensive, simpler, and more transparent than visiting a dealership.However, the players have relied on venture capital firms for consistent funding and investment up until this point. For instance, in May 2022, Uxin Limited, a website where people can buy and sell used cars, announced that it had reached a deal with a few investors to sell convertible notes worth USD 230 million. Uxin intends to improve cross-regional used car transactions with the new funds, a new area of focus the company has been betting on.Through a private placement, it entered a convertible note purchasing agreement with China-based multi-category online classifieds platform, 58.com, as well as with US-based investment firms Warburg Pincus and TPG and other unidentified investors.

China Used Car Market: China Used Car Sales, in Million Units, 2021

Growing Used Car Financing Aiding Market Growth

When customers borrow money to purchase new or used automobiles, they make larger down payments and repay their loans more quickly than Americans. In 2021, GM Financial's joint venture in China, SAIC-GMAC Automotive Financial, issued retail loans totaling USD 12.3 billion and performed significantly better in terms of net charge-offs. According to GM Financial, only around 40% of vehicles purchased in China are financed.

The fact that loans take an average of 27 months to pay off and require a 40% down payment is another appealing feature of the Chinese auto financing market. Twenty-five auto finance companies got approval for establishment by the end of 2021. Auto finance companies are advantageous in the auto industry chain because they are backed by automakers. In recent years, they have expanded rapidly with abundant channel resources.

When it comes to retail, auto finance companies work closely with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to carry out promotions and boost auto sales by enhancing loan products, digitizing procedures, lowering loan thresholds, and making car buyers' lives easier. Dealers received steady financial support from auto finance companies along the supply chain. In response to lack of funds for some dealers, they intentionally extended the repayment term and reduced loan interest and fees, particularly during COVID-19 in 2020.

China has accelerated the expansion of used car financing at a rapid pace and achieved exceptional output due to a variety of rules and regulations that encouraged the use of the vehicles.

China Used Car Market: China Used Car Sales, By Bodystyle, in %, 2021

China Used Car Industry Overview

The Chinese Used Car Market is fragmented and is occupied by online players and company-operated used car dealers. The major players include Guazi, Uxin Group, Renreche, Souche, CAR Inc, and others. Online dealers of used cars compete on a variety of factors, including the number of cities they serve, the number of value-added services they offer, the number of quality checks they conduct before selling automobiles, and the inventory of vehicles. They offer a variety of services, including vehicle inspections, consulting, financing, and insurance for vehicles, as well as door-to-door delivery and after-sale services.

While Uxin Group has more than 200 offline outlets to offer its customers after-sale services, Guazi offers its services in more than 200 cities across China. In China, Renrenche is present in more than 80 cities. The Chinese used car industry is dominated by several of business models, including C2C, B2C, C2B, B2B, and C2B2C.

China Used Car Market Leaders

  1. Guazi

  2. Uxin Group

  3. Souche

  4. Renreche

  5. CAR Inc

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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China Used Car Market News

  • October 2022: Guazi, a used car platform of Beijing-based online car trading company, Chehaoduo, revealed rapid growth in online transactions in August, and approximately half of car dealers in Zhengzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing, and Hefei have switched to online channels to expand used car sales.
  • September 2022: Cango expanded its emerging car-trading business model with the launch of its Haoche app and used car trading platform. According to company officials, the Haoche app will include an insurance service interface in the current quarter.
  • January 2021: NIO, a manufacturer of electric vehicles (EVs) in China, officially launched its used car trading business and provided details about the business. According to NIO, if owners of NIO vehicles wish to sell them, they can get in touch with NIO fellow, and NIO will guide them through the entire vehicle inspection, appraisal, and acquisition process while offering a fair and honest collection price.

China Used Car Market Report - Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porters Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 By Vehicle Type

      1. 5.1.1 Hatchbacks

      2. 5.1.2 Sedan

      3. 5.1.3 Sports Utility Vehicle

      4. 5.1.4 Multi-purpose Vehicle (MPV)

    2. 5.2 By Booking Channel

      1. 5.2.1 Online

      2. 5.2.2 OEM Certified/Authorized Dealerships

      3. 5.2.3 Multi-Brand Dealerships

    3. 5.3 By Transaction Type

      1. 5.3.1 Full Payment

      2. 5.3.2 Finance

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Guazi

      2. 6.2.2 Uxin Group

      3. 6.2.3 Renreche

      4. 6.2.4 Souche

      5. 6.2.5 CAR Inc.

      6. 6.2.6 Autosome Inc.

    3. *List Not Exhaustive
  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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China Used Car Industry Segmentation

Any vehicle that has previously been owned and is being resold through private sellers, classified ads, or local dealers without undergoing a significant vehicle inspection by an expert is considered to be a used car.

The Chinese Used Car Market is Segmented by Vehicle Type (Hatchback, Sedan, Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), and Multi-purpose Vehicle (MPV)), Booking Channel (Online, OEM Certified/Authorized Dealerships, and Multi-Brand Dealerships), and by Transaction Type (Full Payment and Finance). For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been provided on the basis of value (in USD million) and volume (in metric tons).

By Vehicle Type
Hatchbacks
Sedan
Sports Utility Vehicle
Multi-purpose Vehicle (MPV)
By Booking Channel
Online
OEM Certified/Authorized Dealerships
Multi-Brand Dealerships
By Transaction Type
Full Payment
Finance
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China Used Car Market Research FAQs

The China Used Car Market is projected to register a CAGR of 12.68% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Guazi , Uxin Group, Souche , Renreche and CAR Inc are the major companies operating in the China Used Car Market.

The report covers the China Used Car Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the China Used Car Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

China Used Car Industry Report

Statistics for the 2024 China Used Car market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. China Used Car analysis includes a market forecast outlook to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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China Used Car Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)