Europe Used Car Market- Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

Europe used car market is segmented by Vehicle type (Hatchback, Sedan, Sports Utility Vehicle, and Multi-purpose Vehicle), by vendor type (Organized and Unorganized), by Fuel type ( Gasoline, Diesel, Electric, and Others), and by Country (Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, and Rest of Europe). The report offers the market size and forecasts in value (USD Billion) for all above segments.

Market Snapshot

Europe Used Car Market Size
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 5.3 %

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Market Overview

Europe Used Car Market was valued at USD 57.20 billion in 2021, and it is expected to grow at a value of USD 77.98 billion in 2027 and is poised to witness a CAGR of 5.3% in terms of revenue during the forecast period 2022-2027.

The outbreak of COVID-19 affected the automotive industry significantly. With supply chain disruption and transportation halt, new additions to the used car inventory were not coming into the market. This reduced the number of models available for purchase, reducing the purchases. However, during the later stages of 2020 and 2021, the market started reverting to the pre-pandemic situation, increasing opportunities for the used car market across Europe.

Rising demand for affordable used cars owing to their low price and better conditions across the region is likely to witness major growth in the market. The rapid expansion of online used car companies, rising used car dealerships, and availability of used car financing and insurance options resulted in major growth for the market.

The rapid development of internet-based ride-hailing services has contributed to transportation in cities and, at the same time, has significantly impacted existing travel modes in cities. Ride-hailing services significantly use used cars for their services which in turn is anticipated to witness major growth for the market.

The rise in income levels, increasing demand for luxury cars, shorter car ownership periods, booming import-export, and a growing preference for two-wheeler owners to upgrade to small and compact cars also drive the growth of the market.

Scope of the Report

Europe used car market is segmented into vehicle type, vendor type, fuel type, and country. Based on the vehicle type, the market is segmented into the hatchback, sedan, and utility vehicles. Based on the vendor type, the market is segmented into organized and unorganized. Based on the fuel type, the market is segmented into gasoline and diesel. Based on the country, the market is segmented into Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, and the Rest of Europe. The report offers the market size and forecast in value (USD Billion) for all the above segments.

Vehicle Type
Sports Utility Vehicle
Multi-purpose Vehicle
Vendor Type
Fuel Type
Others (LPG, CNG, etc.)
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe

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Key Market Trends

Online Infrastructure witnessing major growth

The used car market is getting more organized because used car retailers are using digitalization to make market offerings attractive. Facilities such as an enormous number of photos and videos on the online platform and easy online instant finance service are drawing more customers into buying used cars.

Tech-savvy customers in the age group of 25-40 years are demanding features such as end-to-end transactions, doorstep delivery, digitalized recommendation on the basis of driving behavior and lifestyle of the customer, and digitalized test drives. Players in the market are providing flawless and smooth access to car specifications, performance reports, and inventory information to customers to assist them in making informed decisions.

Blockchain technology has already brought about a wide variety of developments in various sectors, and the car financing sector seems to be next. For instance, In 2021, Auto1 FT, the leading financial partner of the automotive industry, is eliminating all manual input and paper processes in its core business, car financing.

Europe Used Car Market Share

Germany Witnessing Major Growth

Germany is witnessing major growth in the used car market in terms of revenue owing to a fall in new car sales due to the ban on diesel and petrol cars. The government of Germany is planning to entirely ban diesel and petrol cars in the country by 2030, which has led to a falling new car sales and older used cars. Rising penetration between multi-brand dealerships and OEM-certified dealerships across the country helps to boost the market during the forecast period.

Growing adoption of car financing and insurance options at the used car dealerships in Europe will lead to significant growth for the market. The rise in demand for sports utility vehicles across Germany is likely to see a growth in the future.

The growing popularity of sourcing channels across Germany like buy-sell, park sell, and trade-in is witnessing major growth for the market. The buysell model is gaining popularity. In this model, the used car dealer buys the used cars from the seller and stores them in its inventory, later sold to the buyers of the used car. This is likely to witness an increase in the number of dealerships adopting the buy-sell model entirely for sourcing the used cars at their dealerships.

Europe Used Car Market Growth

Competitive Landscape

Europe Used Car Market is dominated by major key players, including Lookers Plc, Pendragon PLC, AUTO ONE Group, Autorola Group Holding, Emil Frey AG, and Others. The used car market is anticipated to witness a large number of used car dealers in both the organized and unorganized industry, owing to the growing demand for customers.

Recent Development

  • In March 2022, Toyota Motors Europe (TME) announced a major new contract with INDICATA Europe to roll out its used car pricing data to 13 countries over the next two months. INDICATA has developed a bespoke reporting suite for TME that tracks all the online used Toyota and Lexus adverts from its own dealer networks across Europe and presents it into an easy-to-read dashboard for each country.
  • In March 2021, Penske Automotive Group Inc. announced that it adopted CarShop as its global brand for its used vehicle SuperCenters. The company renamed its six used vehicles SuperCenters in the United States from CarSense to CarShop.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces 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


    1. 5.1 Vehicle Type

      1. 5.1.1 Hatchback

      2. 5.1.2 Sedan

      3. 5.1.3 Sports Utility Vehicle

      4. 5.1.4 Multi-purpose Vehicle

    2. 5.2 Vendor Type

      1. 5.2.1 Organized

      2. 5.2.2 Unorganized

    3. 5.3 Fuel Type

      1. 5.3.1 Gasoline

      2. 5.3.2 Diesel

      3. 5.3.3 Electric

      4. 5.3.4 Others (LPG, CNG, etc.)

    4. 5.4 Country

      1. 5.4.1 Germany

      2. 5.4.2 United Kingdom

      3. 5.4.3 France

      4. 5.4.4 Italy

      5. 5.4.5 Spain

      6. 5.4.6 Rest of Europe


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles*

      1. 6.2.1 Auto One Group

      2. 6.2.2 Pendragon Plc

      3. 6.2.3 Autorola Group Holding

      4. 6.2.4 Lookers Plc

      5. 6.2.5 Emil Frey AG

      6. 6.2.6 Penske Automotive Group

      7. 6.2.7 Gottfried-schultz

      8. 6.2.8 wellergruppe

      9. 6.2.9 AVAG Holding

      10. 6.2.10 Fahrzeug -werke LUEG AG

      11. 6.2.11 Auto Empire Trading GmbH

      12. 6.2.12 Arnold Clark Automobiles Limited

  7. 7. Market Opportunity and Future Trends

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Europe Used Car Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

The Europe Used Car Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.3% over the next 5 years.

The Europe Used Car Market is valued at 57 Billion USD in 2018.

The Europe Used Car Market is valued at 77 Billion USD in 2027.

Lookers Plc, Auto One Group, Emil Frey AG, Autorola Group Holding, Pendragon Plc are the major companies operating in Europe Used Car Market.

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