The number of current ads for the sale of cars from individuals in 2022 on classifieds (avito, auto.ru, drom.ru, etc.) was a record. In the Moscow region, it grew by 85% (up to 99,000 ads per month), in St. Petersburg – by 80% (up to 23,500), and in other regions of Russia – by 54% (up to 390,000), the Avito Avtohub project calculated.
At the same time, the number of dealers’ announcements did not change significantly during the year, and private traders began to drive dealers and resellers out of the market, Gazi Kurbanov, one of the founders of AvtoHub, notes. In Moscow, by autumn, the share of dealers in the total supply was reduced to 10%. In St. Petersburg, the changes are more noticeable: if in January 2022 more than half of the advertising of car sales belonged to dealers, then in December their share was only 38%.
Experts interviewed by VPpost say that the increase in activity of private traders was ensured by large-scale migration, economic uncertainty and tipping. The termination of official deliveries of international automobile brands and the closure of almost all production of foreign cars in Russia has led to the revival of the profession of a car transporter in the country, admitted Sergei Selikov, general director of the Avostat analytical agency. Dealers not only started customs clearance of cars in Russia for individuals (it is cheaper and easier in terms of paperwork), but the citizens themselves did not sit idly by: social networks were full of offers to bring cars even from Japan Even from Germany, even from Turkey.
As a result, imports of foreign cars with mileage increased by 91% compared to last year, according to Avtostat, to about 260,000 cars, their imports continued to grow and by October reached 40,000 units per month. There were many, only in the 1990s Tselikov was recalled. The increase in the price of new foreign cars has dragged down the prices of used ones: according to Avtohub, the average price in an ad has risen by 40% since January to 1.28 million rubles in Moscow, and by 25% in the regions. up to 699,000 rubles.
In parallel with the spring, Russians who decided to leave the country were selling cars – this led to an increase in supply. In the spring, used car dealers admitted that Russians who had lost their jobs or were expecting financial problems appeared among the sellers. One way or another, Avtohub recorded a significant increase in the number of ads by the end of April, both in the capital and in the regions. “If earlier almost all cars were trade-in with us, now almost all customers say the same thing – they are forced to sell cars because of unpleasant circumstances,” said an employee of a used car sales center. – Someone, for financial reasons, with a second car in the family, someone – with only one, if they rarely use it. And someone left the country and therefore sells.
However, putting a car up for sale does not mean selling it. According to Avtostat, sales of used passenger cars in Russia declined by 19% year on year to 4.86 million. This is largely a result of a decrease in trade-in due to a lack of new cars. Their sales decreased by 59% for the year, Western brands left Russia. Due to falling income and stalled imports, many people have decided or are forced to refuse to replace the car with a new car. The number of dealers’ advertisements almost did not increase. As a result, in December the total number of existing ads for the sale of used cars (taking into account offers from dealers) increased by 45% to 127,000 ads in Moscow, 40% in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region (37,600). and the region (549,000).
Dealers and resellers account for about half of used-car transactions, says Kurbanov, with the actual market being larger than the re-registration market. At the end of the year, demand for used cars increased, and dealers and many dealers didn’t register the transaction until after selling the car to the end buyer, so the figures are late, he noted.