Comparing Used Vehicle Market 2021 vs 2022


Used Vehicle Market 2021 vs 2022

The used car market has been in a state of flux over the past year, with the COVID-19 pandemic causing disruptions in supply and demand. As a result, there have been significant changes in used vehicle pricing between 2021 and 2022. Here’s a look at some of the key trends and changes in the used car market:

1. Increased Pricing

One of the most significant changes in used vehicle pricing between 2021 and 2022 is the overall increase in prices. According to data from Kelley Blue Book, the average used car price increased by 16.8% between June 2020 and June 2021. This increase in prices can be attributed to a number of factors, including a shortage of new car inventory, increased demand for used vehicles, and rising prices for raw materials such as steel and aluminum.

2. Shortage of Inventory

Another major factor impacting used vehicle pricing in 2022 is the shortage of inventory. The pandemic has caused a slowdown in new car production, which has led to a shortage of new vehicles and an increased demand for used vehicles. As a result, dealerships are struggling to keep up with demand, leading to higher prices and increased competition among buyers.

3. Shift in Demand

The pandemic has also caused a shift in demand for certain types of vehicles. For example, there has been an increased demand for SUVs and pickup trucks, which tend to have higher resale values than smaller sedans. Additionally, there has been an increased demand for electric and hybrid vehicles, which tend to hold their value better than traditional gas-powered vehicles.

4. Regional Variations

It’s worth noting that there can be significant regional variations in used vehicle pricing. For example, some regions may have more inventory than others, leading to lower prices. Additionally, certain types of vehicles may be more popular in some regions than others, which can impact pricing.

5. Supply Chain Issues

Finally, supply chain issues have also impacted used vehicle pricing in 2022. The pandemic has caused disruptions in global supply chains, leading to shortages of raw materials and parts. This, in turn, has led to increased prices for new and used vehicles alike.


Overall, the used car market has seen significant changes in pricing between 2021 and 2022. The pandemic has caused disruptions in supply and demand, leading to a shortage of inventory and increased competition among buyers. However, there are still deals to be found for savvy buyers who do their research and stay informed about industry trends.


Credible sources for information used in this article about the used car market include organizations such as Kelley Blue Book, Edmunds, and the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA). Other sources of information include automotive industry publications, news outlets, and government agencies that track industry trends and statistics. 

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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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