Wholesale Vehicle Trends (Past 5 Years)

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Wholesale Vehicle Trends (Past 5 Years)

The wholesale vehicle market, which refers to the market for buying and selling vehicles between dealerships and other automotive industry professionals, has experienced some interesting trends over the past 5 years.

Online Transactions

One major trend in the wholesale vehicle market has been a shift towards online transactions. In the past, dealerships would typically attend physical auctions or visit other dealerships in person to purchase wholesale vehicles. However, the rise of online marketplaces and auction platforms has made it increasingly common for dealerships to buy and sell vehicles entirely online.

This shift towards online transactions has been driven by a number of factors. For one, online marketplaces offer dealerships greater convenience and flexibility, allowing them to purchase vehicles from anywhere at any time. Additionally, these platforms often offer a wider selection of vehicles than traditional auctions or dealership networks, making it easier for dealerships to find the vehicles they need.

Shortage of Inventory

Another trend in the wholesale vehicle market has been a shortage of inventory, particularly in the used car segment. This shortage has been driven in part by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which disrupted global supply chains and caused a slowdown in new car production. As a result, many dealerships have turned to the wholesale market to acquire inventory, leading to increased competition and higher prices for wholesale vehicles.

Call For Greater Transperancy

At the same time, there has also been a trend towards greater transparency in the wholesale vehicle market. This has been driven by a number of factors, including advances in technology that have made it easier to track and verify vehicle histories and condition reports. Additionally, the rise of online platforms has made it easier for dealerships to share information about wholesale vehicles with one another, increasing trust and reducing the risk of fraud.

Summary

Overall, the wholesale vehicle market is a dynamic and rapidly evolving space. With the ongoing shift towards online transactions, the shortage of inventory, and the push towards greater transparency, dealerships and other automotive industry professionals will need to stay nimble and adaptable to succeed in this market.

Sources

The information presented in the post is based on current trends and observations in the wholesale vehicle market. The trends discussed are widely reported in industry publications and news sources, and can be verified through a variety of sources such as market research reports, industry experts, and news articles.

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Nelson Vandenburgh

Nelson spearheads Auction Central’s marketing department, managing all web content, social media platforms, email marketing & paid advertising channels. He has a very diverse background, serving in marketing roles with the U.S. Army, ESPN Radio & MiLB. Nelson continues to serve as an officer in the New York Army National Guard.

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