Used car prices have soared to record highs, with the average used car costing $24,710 according to iSeeCars.com’s recent analysis. This is a result of used car demand outstripping supply and because of stronger consumer preference for more expensive SUVs and trucks over less expensive passenger cars.  

Car buyers in some states pay well above the average used car price, while others pay significantly below. The state with the most expensive used cars (Alaska), pays $7,695 more than the state with the least expensive used cars (Indiana).  

iSeeCars analyzed 8 million car sales to determine where drivers pay the most and least for used cars. The shares of trucks, SUVs, passenger cars (defined as sedans, coupes, convertibles, hatchbacks, and wagons), and minivans within each state were also calculated and used as ranking metrics across states.

“Supply and demand for certain vehicle types varies geographically, which is why used car prices vary across cities and states,” said iSeeCars Executive Analyst Karl Brauer. “States with temperate climates tend to have more lower-priced sedans, while mountainous and harsh climate areas prefer trucks and SUVs.”  

Used Car Prices by State

Which states pay the most for their used cars, and which states pay the least? Here are the average used car prices by state in descending order:
Which States Pay the Most for Cars? - iSeeCars
Rank  State Average Used Car Price % Difference Over Average
1 Alaska $29,656 20.0%
2 Wyoming $29,419 19.1%
3 Montana $27,303 10.5%
4 Arkansas $27,123 9.8%
5 Idaho $26,662 7.9%
6 Texas $26,620 7.7%
7 New Mexico $26,261 6.3%
8 Mississippi $25,788 4.4%
9 New York $25,693 4.0%
10 California $25,555 3.4%
11 Florida $25,478 3.1%
12 Nevada $25,317 2.5%
13 Georgia $25,299 2.4%
14 West Virginia $25,260 2.2%
15 North Dakota $25,259 2.2%
16 South Dakota $25,156 1.8%
17 Oklahoma $25,128 1.7%
18 Louisiana $24,979 1.1%
19 North Carolina $24,976 1.1%
20 Rhode Island $24,962 1.0%
21 Utah $24,842 0.5%
Average Used Car Price $24,710 -
22 Colorado $24,684 -0.1%
23 Oregon $24,649 -0.2%
24 Maine $24,576 -0.5%
25 Alabama $24,534 -0.7%
26 Arizona $24,520 -0.8%
27 Massachusetts $24,491 -0.9%
28 Illinois $24,421 -1.2%
29 Washington $24,398 -1.3%
30 South Carolina $24,390 -1.3%
31 Kansas $24,357 -1.4%
32 New Jersey $24,329 -1.5%
33 Wisconsin $24,315 -1.6%
34 Tennessee $24,273 -1.8%
35 Missouri $24,142 -2.3%
36 New Hampshire $24,104 -2.5%
37 Vermont $24,033 -2.7%
38 Maryland $23,934 -3.1%
39 Nebraska $23,725 -4.0%
40 Pennsylvania $23,488 -4.9%
41 Delaware $23,469 -5.0%
42 Michigan $23,348 -5.5%
43 Hawaii $23,290 -5.7%
44 Minnesota $23,120 -6.4%
45 Iowa $23,062 -6.7%
46 Kentucky $22,995 -6.9%
47 Virginia $22,618 -8.5%
48 Connecticut $22,528 -8.8%
49 Ohio $22,244 -10.0%
50 Indiana $21,961 -11.1%
Alaska is the state with the most expensive used cars with an average price of $29,656, which is 20 percent higher than the national average. Trucks are the most expensive vehicle type among Alaskan drivers, with an average price of $40,133. Of the top 5 states with the highest used car prices, four are Western states.

As for the state where consumers pay the least, Indiana earns the distinction with an average used car price of $21,961. SUVs, the state’s most popular vehicle type, have the lowest average price across all states at $22,640.

Preferred Vehicle Type in Each State

To better understand how much drivers in each state pay for used vehicles, iSeeCars examined each state’s share of the most common vehicle type. Despite the declining popularity of passenger cars (defined as sedans, coupes, convertibles, hatchbacks, and wagons), that vehicle type is the most popular wherever SUVs don’t hold the title.
Most Popular Vehicle Type By State - iSeeCars
State Dominant Vehicle Type SUVs Passenger Cars  Trucks Minivans
Alabama SUVs 39.9% 36.6% 19.5% 2.5%
Alaska SUVs 41.1% 25.2% 29.5% 2.2%
Arizona Cars 39.1% 42.8% 14.0% 2.7%
Arkansas SUVs 41.1% 31.5% 23.5% 2.3%
California Cars 35.3% 49.9% 10.3% 2.6%
Colorado SUVs 48.6% 30.0% 17.1% 2.2%
Connecticut SUVs 46.7% 39.4% 9.4% 2.3%
Delaware SUVs 45.5% 38.7% 11.3% 3.0%
Florida Cars 39.1% 43.9% 12.1% 3.0%
Georgia Cars 39.3% 40.6% 15.6% 2.6%
Hawaii Cars 33.0% 45.6% 14.2% 5.2%
Idaho SUVs 38.7% 25.7% 31.1% 2.4%
Illinois SUVs 45.4% 37.9% 10.8% 3.8%
Indiana SUVs 42.6% 35.3% 15.9% 4.3%
Iowa SUVs 43.8% 29.3% 20.5% 4.5%
Kansas SUVs 42.3% 33.9% 18.3% 3.7%
Kentucky SUVs 41.1% 34.0% 19.4% 3.5%
Louisiana SUVs 38.1% 36.6% 22.1% 2.0%
Maine SUVs 47.1% 25.9% 22.5% 2.4%
Maryland Cars 41.9% 43.4% 10.0% 3.2%
Massachusetts SUVs 49.7% 35.3% 10.8% 2.2%
Michigan SUVs 48.6% 27.4% 18.1% 3.6%
Minnesota SUVs 48.1% 28.0% 17.9% 3.9%
Mississippi SUVs 37.4% 35.9% 23.0% 2.1%
Missouri SUVs 42.5% 34.0% 18.0% 3.6%
Montana SUVs 41.3% 19.1% 34.6% 2.2%
Nebraska SUVs 43.5% 28.6% 22.2% 3.5%
Nevada Cars 38.0% 44.4% 13.3% 2.4%
New Hampshire SUVs 47.2% 30.4% 17.3% 2.2%
New Jersey SUVs 46.8% 40.5% 7.8% 2.6%
New Mexico SUVs 37.2% 36.2% 23.1% 2.1%
New York SUVs 49.1% 34.6% 11.4% 2.9%
North Carolina SUVs 41.2% 38.2% 15.7% 2.9%
North Dakota SUVs 46.1% 20.6% 28.5% 3.2%
Ohio SUVs 42.2% 37.1% 14.8% 3.8%
Oklahoma SUVs 39.2% 31.9% 24.2% 2.6%
Oregon SUVs 39.4% 36.9% 18.3% 3.0%
Pennsylvania SUVs 46.9% 34.9% 13.6% 2.8%
Rhode Island SUVs 45.8% 35.2% 14.2% 2.2%
South Carolina SUVs 41.3% 36.6% 17.6% 2.9%
South Dakota SUVs 43.9% 20.7% 30.2% 3.4%
Tennessee SUVs 41.4% 35.8% 17.9% 3.1%
Texas SUVs 39.9% 37.5% 19.0% 2.1%
Utah SUVs 40.6% 35.2% 18.8% 3.9%
Vermont SUVs 44.0% 28.3% 24.2% 2.1%
Virginia Cars 40.9% 41.5% 12.4% 3.4%
Washington SUVs 39.2% 39.0% 17.1% 2.9%
West Virginia SUVs 45.4% 27.4% 23.5% 2.4%
Wisconsin SUVs 46.9% 28.2% 19.3% 4.0%
Wyoming SUVs 39.5% 19.2% 37.2% 1.8%
SUVs are the most popular vehicle type in 42 of 50 states, while passenger cars account for the remaining eight states. The state with the highest share of SUVs is Massachusetts at 49.7 percent. Moreover, Massachusetts has the sixth-lowest share of pickup trucks, which contributes to the state paying less than the national average for used cars.

Interestingly, despite a pickup truck model being the most popular car in most states, that vehicle type is not the most popular category in any state. Pickup trucks have the highest share in Wyoming at 37.2 percent, which contributes to the state ranking second for having the most expensive used cars in the country.

Passenger cars are the most popular vehicle type in states with temperate climates, with California having the highest share at 49.9 percent. California is also the state where sedans are the most expensive, showing that state residents have a preference for more premium sedans. Florida is the state with the highest share of convertibles, ranks fourth for sedans, and ranks fifth for coupes, while having the country’s fifth-highest used car price for sedans. This suggests the state has a preference for sports and luxury cars.

Hawaii has the lowest share of SUVs, but the vehicle still accounts for one-third of the state’s vehicles. The state also has the second-highest share of passenger cars at 45.6 percent and the highest share of minivans, at 5.3 percent. This vehicle mix gives Hawaii the eighth-lowest used car vehicle cost of all states.

Looking at the states with the highest and lowest used car prices, the mix of SUVs and trucks play a role. Alaska, which has the highest used car prices, has the fifth-highest share of pickup trucks across all states. When combining the two most popular vehicle segments of pickup trucks and SUVs, Alaska also ranks fifth across all states. Indiana, the state with the lowest average used car prices, is in the bottom half of state rankings for both SUVs and pickup trucks.

Indiana has the sixth-lowest average sedan price, and passenger cars are the state’s prevailing vehicle type. The state also has the lowest average SUV cost and the second-lowest average used truck cost, which suggests that drivers in the state prefer lower-cost vehicles.

Average Used Car Prices and Vehicle Share by Segment

iSeeCars also analyzed the average used car prices and vehicle share for each segment.
Average Used Car Price by Vehicle Segment
Vehicle Segment Average Used Car Price Vehicle Share
Convertibles $36,230 1.3%
Pickup Trucks $34,467 15.6%
Coupes $34,242 3.5%
SUVs $25,333 43.0%
Minivans $19,279 2.7%
Sedans $18,464 27.8%
Hatchbacks $15,006 3.3%
Wagons $14,461 1.5%
“SUVs are the prevailing vehicle type, comprising 43 percent of all used car sales,” said Brauer. “Convertibles, which are mainly luxury and sports cars, are the most expensive, but also comprise the lowest vehicle share.”

Average Used Car Price by City

Which cities pay the most for their used cars, and which pay the least? Here are the average used car prices in the 50 most populous metropolitan areas and the average used car price among the three most popular vehicle types.
Which Cities Pay the Most for Cars? - iSeeCars
Rank City Average Used Car Price % Difference from Average
1 West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce, FL $27,737 12.2%
2 Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL $27,623 11.8%
3 Houston, TX $26,964 9.1%
4 Charlotte, NC $26,448 7.0%
5 Albuquerque-Santa Fe, NM $26,433 7.0%
6 Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX $26,351 6.6%
7 San Antonio, TX $26,308 6.4%
8 Austin, TX $26,010 5.2%
9 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA $25,830 4.5%
10 Los Angeles, CA $25,782 4.3%
11 Atlanta, GA $25,441 2.9%
12 New York, NY $25,189 1.9%
13 Oklahoma City, OK $25,068 1.4%
14 San Diego, CA $25,025 1.3%
15 Salt Lake City, UT $25,019 1.2%
16 Tampa-St Petersburg (Sarasota), FL $25,005 1.2%
17 Nashville, TN $24,937 0.9%
18 Denver, CO $24,914 0.8%
19 Boston, MA-Manchester, NH $24,868 0.6%
20 Phoenix, AZ $24,800 0.3%
21 Fresno-Visalia, CA $24,744 0.1%
Overall Average $24,715 -
22 Chicago, IL $24,657 -0.2%
23 Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, CA $24,654 -0.2%
24 Las Vegas, NV $24,559 -0.6%
25 Portland, OR $24,527 -0.8%
26 Seattle-Tacoma, WA $24,523 -0.8%
27 Memphis, TN $24,395 -1.3%
28 Birmingham, AL $24,394 -1.3%
29 Greensboro-Winston Salem, NC $24,114 -2.4%
30 Raleigh-Durham (Fayetteville), NC $24,102 -2.5%
31 Pittsburgh, PA $24,074 -2.6%
32 Jacksonville, FL $23,859 -3.5%
33 Detroit, MI $23,741 -3.9%
34 Kansas City, MO $23,689 -4.2%
35 Philadelphia, PA $23,679 -4.2%
36 Milwaukee, WI $23,674 -4.2%
37 St. Louis, MO $23,598 -4.5%
38 Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN $23,500 -4.9%
39 Washington, DC (Hagerstown, MD) $23,482 -5.0%
40 Greenville-Spartanburg, SC $23,458 -5.1%
41 Orlando-Daytona Beach, FL $23,404 -5.3%
42 Baltimore, MD $23,386 -5.4%
43 Harrisburg-Lancaster-York, PA $23,235 -6.0%
44 Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo, MI $22,999 -6.9%
45 Cleveland-Akron (Canton), OH $22,704 -8.1%
46 Columbus, OH $22,098 -10.6%
47 Indianapolis, IN $22,011 -10.9%
48 Cincinnati, OH $21,597 -12.6%
49 Hartford & New Haven, CT $21,594 -12.6%
50 Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News,VA $21,545 -12.8%
West Palm Beach, FL is the city with the most expensive used cars with an average price of $27,737. Trucks are the most expensive vehicle type among West Palm Beach drivers, with an average price of $34,008. A second Florida city comes in a close second, Miami, with an average used car price of $27,623. Of all cities, Miami has the most expensive used car price for SUVs, while West Palm Beach ranks fourth. West Palm Beach is the city with the most expensive sedans, while Miami ranks second.

Norfolk, VA is the city where consumers pay the least for used cars with an average used car price of $21,545. Norfolk has the sixth-lowest truck prices, the seventh-lowest SUV prices, and the seventh-lowest sedan prices.

“If you are looking for a used car in today’s market, there might be a better selection of affordable used cars in a neighboring state,” said Brauer. “Although most neighboring states have similar used car pricing, states like Wyoming and Colorado have a $4,735 difference in average used car pricing.”

Methodology:

iSeeCars.com analyzed over 8 million used car sales from February - July 2021. The average price of used cars was aggregated for each state, as was the average cost for each vehicle type. iSeeCars.com also analyzed over 1.5 million used car sales from July 2020 through June 2021. The shares of trucks, suvs, passenger cars (defined as sedans, coupes, convertibles, hatchbacks, and wagons), and minivans within each US state were calculated and used as ranking metrics across states.

About iSeeCars.com

iSeeCars.com is a car search engine that helps shoppers find the best car deals by providing key insights and valuable resources, like the iSeeCars free VIN check reports. iSeeCars.com has saved users over $307 million so far by applying big data analytics powered by over 25 billion (and growing) data points and using proprietary algorithms to objectively analyze, score and rank millions of new cars and used cars.