Used car sales show signs of economic recovery in region, state


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – From economists to armchair pundits, just about everyone looks for daily signs of how the economy is recovering from the shutdowns forced by the coronavirus outbreak.

Just as importantly, everyone looks for hints at what is to come.

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The latest evidence comes in a new analysis by, a car search engine that helps shoppers find car deals.

While COVID-19 led to a steep decline in used car sales beginning in mid-March, sales showed signs of recovery in May as businesses began to be able to re-open to in-person business.

According to’s latest study, national used car sales in May 2020 grew 105.5% over April 2020. In Lexington , did even better, up 110.6 percent from April and surprisingly, were down just 7.1 percent from ‘normal’ sales in May 2019.

Compared to the rest of the nation, Kentucky ranked 22nd with sales up 113.9 percent from April to May although they still lagged behind May 2019 by 7.6 percent.

And the state fared better than many of its neighbors. Only Missouri, Indian and West Virginia ranked higher while Illinois, Ohio and Tennessee were below. And even with those numbers, sales from April to May were better in Kentucky than some of the others.

And according to the eerly trends, June sales are expected to continue the upward climb as pent-up demand continues to send consumers looking for both new and used cars.

May 2020 Car Sales in Lexington
Metro Area % Change from Last Year % Change from Previous Month
Lexington -7.1% 110.6%
Overall Average:  -12.5% 105.5%

Here are the vehicles that have seen the greatest growth:

Sales Growth in May 2020, Top Models – iSeeCars Study
Rank Model % Change from Last Year % Change from Previous Month
1 Honda HR-V 53.1% 88.8%
2 Cadillac XT5 37.9% 46.0%
3 Volkswagen Passat 29.0% 71.2%
4 Chevrolet Trax 23.9% 59.3%
5 Jeep Compass 17.7% 41.9%
6 Nissan Rogue Sport 14.8% 44.8%
7 Mercedes-Benz GLC 14.1% 94.9%
8 Toyota Tacoma 13.0% 53.7%
9 Ford F-150 12.2% 49.2%
10 Jeep Grand Cherokee 11.8% 67.0%
Overall Average -12.5% 105.5%