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

The South-East Asian Used Car Market is Segmented By Vehicle Type (Hatchback, Sedan, and Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV)), By Fuel Type (Gasoline, Diesel, and Electric), Booking type (Online booking and Offline), By Vendor (Organized and Unorganized), and Country. The report offers market size and forecasts for used cars in terms of value (USD billion) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

South-East Asian Used Car Market_Overview
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 6.3 %

Need a report that reflects how COVID-19 has impacted this market and its growth?

Market Overview

The Southeast Asia Used Car Market is anticipated to grow, registering a CAGR of about 6.3% during the forecast period (2022 – 2027).

Because of the global pandemic and the subsequent restriction, the manufacturing and demand for new cars have been hampered in the past two years. Now, as the market is still recovering, there is an increased demand for used cars, as they are relatively affordable, and cars from the last five years offer almost all the modern and necessary features.

Consumers are refraining from investing hugely in newer vehicles and are opting to purchase used cars. As a result, we see the used car industry on the rise. Used car platforms are widely safe, accessible, and available at reasonable prices.

Due to this, the sales of used cars are 1.3 times that of new vehicles. Also, this ratio is expected to double in the coming decade. Various factors, including population rise and economic growth, are making the South East Asian counties the fastest and also an attractive economic market to investors. Additionally, in Thailand, there is a constant decrease in the sales of new cars. For instance, in Q1 of 2019, about 1 million units of new cars were sold. However, in Q1 of 2022, the number dropped to about 200,000.

Automotive e-commerce has grown at a staggering rate in Thailand, and Indonesian markets, with almost 100% of used car customers beginning their car shopping experience online. This allows car dealers to provide faster digital service and more accessible options to advertise their listings. Today over 70% of used car dealers in the South East Asian market use the internet.

Additionally, to capture the market share, many companies from other countries are also inventing and starting their operations in the South-East Asia region.

Scope of the Report

The South-East Asian Used Car Market covers the current and upcoming trends with recent technological development. The report contains a detailed analysis of various market areas by type, duration, and application. The market share of significant automotive rental companies across the South-East Asia market will be provided in the report.

The market studied is Segmented By Vehicle Type (Hatchback, Sedan, and Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV)), By Fuel Type (Gasoline, Diesel and Electric), Booking type (Online booking, Offline), By Vendor (Organized and Unorganized), and Country. The report offers market size and forecasts for used cars in value (USD billion) for all the above segments.

By Vehicle Type
Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV)
Fuel Type
Booking Type
By Vendor Type
By Country
Rest of South-East Asia

Report scope can be customized per your requirements. Click here.

Key Market Trends

Strengthening of Online Platforms is Driving the Market

Based on the number of units sold and relative penetration of the used car segment, Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia are major markets. In 2020, about 3.5 used cars were sold for every new car in Indonesia. The number is slightly lower for Thailand, which has about two used cars for every new car.

Because the penetration of smartphones and the internet in emerging economies, especially in South East Asia, is increasing, the used car market is getting more organized. The used car retailers are using digitalization to make market offerings attractive. Also, facilities like an enormous number of photos and videos on the online platform and secure online instant finance services attract customers to buy used cars.

The primary reason behind this is that consumers prefer safety, transparency, convenience, and negligible risk while purchasing used cars, which, in turn, gives the organized sector an upper edge compared to the unorganized sector.

Hence, many new players have entered the used carmaker in many regional countries. For instance, in the last year, in Thailand, India's Cars24 and Malaysia's Carsome have entered the market to bridge the gap between the demand for new automobiles and the supply of used cars.

Additionally, in March 2022, Cars 24 launched its application in Thailand to redefine the used car buying experience by delivering fast, convenient, and consumer-friendly services with one app.

Also, millennials today are considering the purchase of used cars over newer ones with a higher focus on the cost than the brand names. They are much more tech-savvy, resulting in used-car sellers focusing on strengthening their online infrastructure. As a result, we see the online marketplace adapting to proprietary pricing algorithms to inspect and evaluate vehicles. This has also helped companies improve their used-car trade and transactional framework.

However, with the increasing number of vehicles and cities having jam-packed roads, the existing infrastructure cannot sustain increased demand. Hence, the government is pushing towards public transport, which will,l hinder market growth in the upcoming years. Additionally, the automobile production growth rate has remained stagnant over the last few years in South Asian nations.

These factors will hinder the purchase of used cars. Nevertheless, the used car market remains successful compared to the newer car, especially for those who opt for compact and budget-friendly options.

South-East Asian Used Car Market_Key Market Trend1

Indonesia is Expected To Witness Significant Growth

Although Thailand is leading in the number of vehicles produced with about 1.6 million vehicles in 2021, Indonesia takes the second spot with about 1.1 million vehicles produced. But irrespective of the car produced, the number of new passenger cars sold in the country has steadily decreased. For instance, in 2018, about 1.1 million units of passenger cars were sold, which fell to about 1.0 million units in 2019. Owing to the global pandemic and the restrictions, the sales plummeted further to about 500,000 units in 2020. Although the vehicle sales rose to about 850,000 units in 2021, due to life coming to normalcy, the sales numbers are expected to decrease in the upcoming years.

Additionally, because of the global pandemic, most privately owned cars stood still during the time. Hence, on average, the kilometer reading on the odometer was less than the vehicle's age which is expected to aid the studied market. Also, due to the slight dip in the GDP, people prefer used cars over new cars as they are about 40% cheaper than the new model.

In Indonesia, Jakarta has the most used cars sold due to its high urban population. In addition, Jakarta has the country's highest passenger car ownership rate, with about 40 cars per 100 people. This is even higher when compared to the national average, which is seven cars per 100 individuals.

Hence due to the declining sales even before the pandemic, the market for new cars is expected to witness hindrance, aiding the used car market in Indonesia.

South-East Asian Used Car Market_Key Market Trend2

Competitive Landscape

The South-East Asian Used Car Market is hugely fragmented, with various startups and regional players such as PT. Moladin Digital, Carousell, Carro, Carsome, and Cars24 Services Private Limited. Although to have the edge over their competitors, the major rental companies are making joint-ventures and partnerships to launch newer products.

Recent Development

  • In January 2022, Moladin, an Indonesian used car platform, raised USD 42 million in Series A funding headed by Sequoia Capital India and Northstar Group.
  • In July 2021, Carsome invested in PT Universal Collection, an Indonesian car auction company. Carsome is an integrated car e-commerce platform that will make its first investment in Southeast Asia by buying an interest in PT Universal Collection (PT UC), a Jakarta-based offline car and motorbike auction company.

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 Porters 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 By Vehicle Type

      1. 5.1.1 Hatchback

      2. 5.1.2 Sedan

      3. 5.1.3 Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV)

    2. 5.2 Fuel Type

      1. 5.2.1 Diesel

      2. 5.2.2 Gasoline/Petrol

      3. 5.2.3 Electric

    3. 5.3 Booking Type

      1. 5.3.1 Offline

      2. 5.3.2 Online

    4. 5.4 By Vendor Type

      1. 5.4.1 Organized

      2. 5.4.2 Unorganized

    5. 5.5 By Country

      1. 5.5.1 Vietnam

      2. 5.5.2 Indonesia

      3. 5.5.3 Malaysia

      4. 5.5.4 Thailand

      5. 5.5.5 Singapore

      6. 5.5.6 Rest of South-East Asia


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles*

      1. 6.2.1 Carro (Trusty Cars Pte Ltd)

      2. 6.2.2 Carsome Sdn Bhd

      3. 6.2.3 Cars24 Services Private Limited

      4. 6.2.4 Carousell

      5. 6.2.5 PT. Moladin Digita

      6. 6.2.6 ICar Asia Limited

      7. 6.2.7 OLX Indonesia

      8. 6.2.8 Toyota Trust (Toyota Motor Corporation)

      9. 6.2.9 Honda Certified (Honda Motor Corporation)

      10. 6.2.10 Nissan Intelligent Mobility (Nissan Motor Corporation)


You can also purchase parts of this report. Do you want to check out a section wise price list?

Frequently Asked Questions

The South-East Asian Used Car Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

The South-East Asian Used Car Market is growing at a CAGR of 6.3% over the next 5 years.

The South-East Asian Used Car Market is valued at 42 Billion USD in 2018.

The South-East Asian Used Car Market is valued at 57 Billion USD in 2027.

PT. Moladin Digital , Cars24 Services Private Limited, Carsome Sdn Bhd, Carro (Trusty Cars Pte Ltd), Carousell Autos are the major companies operating in South-East Asian Used Car Market.

80% of our clients seek made-to-order reports. How do you want us to tailor yours?

Please enter a valid email id!

Please enter a valid message!