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Used Car Buyers Willing to Travel Hundreds of Miles to Get the One they Want

Used car inventories are still at or near record lows meaning that buyers must travel farther than ever for the “one”


  • A recent survey found that consumers will travel almost 500 miles for a car.

  • Buyers in Alaska are prepared to travel nearly 725 miles.


New and used car buyers have been somewhat desperate for the last year and a half or so. Part supply issues have crushed new vehicle outputs, reducing inventories and forcing many to shop for pre-owned cars. This has created its own shortage where used-car buyers are having to travel hundreds of miles to find the right one.

Occasionally unpleasant dealership experiences aside, some US buyers have covered more than 1,000 miles to pick up their winner. This distance is excessive but even so, a survey commissioned last March by a Subaru dealership found that the average person was willing to travel up to 469 miles for their car. Alaskans were ready to go the distance, up to 722 miles.

According to Automotive News, big city centers are where inventories are. Large metro areas offer the most options if you live in a smaller town or rural area.

Jennifer Newman, editor-in-chief of Cars.com, said: “In our findings last year, we were seeing the most inventory in New York, L.A., Chicago, Philly, and Dallas-Fort Worth. That’s great guidance even today. If you are out in a smaller city, look to that bigger city that’s close to you. You’re going to have more dealerships and possibly more supply.”

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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