India and China combine for more than half the deals to used car e-commerce and a flurry of $100M+ mega-rounds.
Hoping to make the used car buying and selling experience more seamless and reliable, investors are putting major dollars behind startups providing online transaction platforms for used cars both in the US and abroad.
The rise in funding comes despite the presence of huge incumbents in this multibillion dollar market including CarMax (NYSE: KMX, Mkt Cap: $9.8B) and AutoNation (NYSE: AN, Mkt Cap: $4.7B).
The used car e-commerce space has even caught the attention of prominent investors including Sequoia Capital, KKR, Tiger Global Management, Digital Sky Technologies, and Baidu. Using CB Insights data, we looked at funding trends to startups working on used car marketplaces.
Yearly funding trends
Overall the space has seen an explosion is funding, after starting as a nearly non-existent area for investment at only $5M of funding back in 2012.
Comparatively, 2014 shot up to a solid $474M in funding across more than 15 deals. In 2015, used car marketplaces saw $902M invested over 26 deals, a 90% boom in funding and 52% growth in deal volume compared to 2014.
Quarterly financing trends
With the highest funding total yet, Q1’16’s tally represented 74% growth in funding and a 20% increase in deals over the quarter prior. Deal volume peaked in Q3’15 at 10 deals.
Because so much of the recent deal makeup came from mega-rounds to companies based in India and China, we wanted to determine just how much of a global phenomenon used car marketplaces are. Taking a look at the data, US-based startups took 38% of the share of deals, but India and China combined saw nearly half of all deals occurring in the past 4 years.
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