First quarter 2020 car registration insights

Q1 2020 Automotive Registration Trends & Analysis Report

Experian always comes out with interesting in-depth statistics on car sales, registrations, and the car inventory on the roads of the United States of America.

The biggest news is that the Ford F-150 dropped from first place to third place in year-over-year registration from 1st Quarter 2019 to the first quarter of 2020. The Chevy Silverado takes first place, followed by the Toyota RAV4. While the GMC Sierra climbed, the Honda Accord and Jeep Cherokee dropped.

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Top ten car registrations Q1 2020

There are 279.,2 million vehicles on the roads of this great nation of ours in the first quarter of 2020. America started out with 276 million in the first quarter of 2019. Year-over-year 16.3 million new vehicles were registered while 13.1 million went out of operation, and 40.4 million used cars changed owners. Of the total new registrations (of new and used vehicles), the import brands garnered 55.7% of the new car registrations while the domestic brands garnered 52.8% of the used car registrations.

The vehicle year 2002 saw the most cars go out of service – pickups Vans and Crossovers are the stars of all vehicles in operation. Most of the VIOs were 4-cylinder and front-wheel-drive. Over the last eleven years, domestic vehicle sales have decreased; 57.1% of sales are domestic, and 42.9% are impFirst orted. In fact, General Motors continues to go down while all the major imports go up in marketshare with Cadillac and Buick not growing year-over-year.

Pickup marketshare increased to 15.9%, with the Ford F-150 coming in first, followed by the Chevy Silverado. But the big news is that there is an expectation that the CUV entry-level will move to #2 in market share next quarter, hedging out the mid-range car. There was a slight increase in the hybrid electric vehicle market share over the last quarter.

The average age of the US car market

The average age currently stands at 11.72 years of the 1967 and newer models on the road. If you look at just the last 25 years of average age, the age goes down to 10.62 years. The reason Experian makes this distinction is that vehicles over 25 years old are considered antiques and not used as daily drivers.

Cars out of warranty on the road

It would come as no surprise that the car manufacturers with the largest amount of cars on the road without a warranty are General Motors and Ford since their cars have been on the road the longest. The third-place goes to Mazda. The manufacturers with the fewest amount of cars on the road out of warranty are Volkswagen, Hyundai, and Kia.

Fewer registrations in Q1 2020

New car registrations fell from 4 million to 3.5 million in the first quarter of 2020, a decline of 12.5%. Used car registrations declined 19.3% to land at 8 million registrations in the first quarter of 2020. You can tell that the lockdown from COVID-19 is affecting car sales. Not just because of the lockdown but probably because people are apprehensive about buying in the midst of the unemployment volatility.

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Car purchases by age

Who is buying?

Baby boomers are still the biggest buying group (born between 1946 and 1964) followed by Gen Xers (birth years around 1965 to 1980) and then Millenials (1981 to 1996). While Gen Z, AKA Zoomers (1997 – 2012), make up only 3%, they are steadily growing in purchasing.

The recession versus COVID-19

In 2006 registrations peaked at 16.1 million and then went into a freefall ending up around 10.1 million around 29 months later. It took about five years to recover.

From 2016 on, the peak was around 17 million. After COVID-19 started, the registrations fell 32% in May 2020. Euro brands, then Asian, and lastly, Domestic brands have fallen the hardest.

There is a possibility of a quick rebound if we stay safe and get back to work quickly. But you can’t buy a car if you are dead or have no money, so staying healthy and getting back to work are the two most important jobs every American has right now. It’s a delicate balance.

By |2020-07-03T13:59:24-07:00June 23rd, 2020|Categories: Auto industry news|0 Comments

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive. She is a guest contributor for Via Corsa magazine and Vicarious magazine.

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