Nothing characterizes Americans’ economic well-being and sense of purpose like the cars and trucks we drive. The open road represents that sense of movement and freedom and Americanism that helps define the expanse of country that takes up a good part of the North American continent.
However, what happens when that mobility comes to a standstill in the middle of a pandemic? What do we do now? Do we even buy cars that we can’t really drive anywhere?
The online platform iSeeCars, which helps connect buyers and sellers across the U.S., took a look not at what people were saying about their buying habits, but actually about what they were buying.
Things did slow down. From March to June, the number of days it took to sell a new car increased by 67.3%. Used cars weren’t much better, where it took 37.5% longer to sell compared with pre-pandemic levels.
Analyzing data from across the United States, the company discovered what Americans are buying and driving, if only to buy toilet paper down the street, during the mess that characterizes 2020.
Here's a look at the numbers: