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United States vehicle ownership data, automobile statistics and trends.

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Get custom reporting based on U.S. vehicle registration statistics, including motor vehicle registration by state or ZIP code. You can have a complete analysis based on year/make/model, or by demographics such as household income. We also have vehicle ownership with VIN, own/lease, or business registrations. We build, test and validate industry-leading car and truck owner mailing lists.

We have automobile statistics on nearly all of the nation's 114 million households including vehicle owner demographics by year/ make/ model, household income, employment, married status, consumer buying histories, enthnicity and more. If you need to grow your sales and reach new customers, rely on the most current, complete consumer mailing lists in the automotive aftermarket. We use a year, make and model vehicle ownership masterfile of 170 million U.S. consumers including automobile, truck and motorcycle owners, and we can drill down to DIY consumers with a buying history of aftermarket parts and accessories.

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Registration data is used to create custom reporting. We can report on all vehicles in operation (VIO) across the United States or for specific geographic areas. Or, we can report on registrations of new vehicles, either owned or leased, by consumers or by businesses. Learn about vehicle ownership trends by looking at registration statistics over time.

U.S. vehicle registration statistics from the registration database

Here is a table with sample statistics pulled from our database.

Number of Registered Vehicles in USCar Ownership Statistic
Percentage of Tesla cars in the US, registered in California, owned and driven in California (through June, 2013) 48%
Percentage of registered vehicles in the US that are motorcycles 3%
Percentage of registered vehicles in the US that are buses 0.3%
Percentage of 2012 vehicle models that use flex fuel 19%
Percentage of 2010 vehicle models that use flex fuel 14%
Percentage of 2012 vehicle models that came with 3.4L engine (most popular engine in 2012) 8%
2012 U.S. car, light truck and all light vehicle sales 14.44 million units
2011 U.S. car, light truck and all light vehicle sales 12.7 million units
2010 U.S. car, light truck and all light vehicle sales 11.6 million units
2009 U.S. car, light truck and all light vehicle sales 13.2 million units
2012 vs 2011: U.S. car, light truck and all light vehicle sales, % increase 13.4%
2011 vs 2010: U.S. car, light truck and all light vehicle sales, % increase 9.4%
California's share of all vehicles registered in the United States (#1 state with 26.3 million vehicles) 10.9%
California state-operated vehicle fleet (#1 state for state-operated vehicles) 38,300 units
Wyoming's share of all vehicles registered in the United States (#50 with 593,000 vehicles) 0.6%
Share of top 5 states, all vehicles registered in the United States (California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Ohio) 33.5%
Increase in number of registered vehicles in United States, 2001-2010 20%
Increase in average price of a used vehicle in the U.S., 2009-2010 3.8%
All U.S. households with one or more leased vehicles 6%
Households with leased vehicles, household income under $25,000 4%
Households with leased vehicles, household income $25,000 to $50,000 5%
Households with leased vehicles, household income $50,000 to $100,000 10%
Households with leased vehicles, household income $100,000 and up 13%
All U.S. households that own one or more vehicles, 2004 86.3%
All U.S. households that own one or more vehicles, 2007 87.0%
All U.S. households that rent the home and own one or more vehicles, 2007 72.3%
All U.S. households that own the home and own one or more vehicles, 2007 93.8%
Percentage of U.S. households with automotive DIY behavior over a 12 month period 9.5%
Number of vehicles (cars & light trucks) registered in United States, 2012 248.7 million
Number of vehicles (cars & light trucks) registered in United States, 2014 252.6 million
Number of vehicles (cars & light trucks) registered in United States, 2015 257.9 million
Cars or station wagons in the U.S., percentage of total vehicles, 2010 53.4%
Pickup trucks sales statistics in the U.S., percentage of total vehicles 18%
Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) in the U.S., percentage of total vehicles 12%
Minivans, cargo vans and passenger vans in the U.S., percentage of total vehicles 9%
Full size or other trucks in the U.S. with two axles and six or more tires, percentage of total vehicles 3.2%
Increase in Chrysler Group U.S. automobile sales, January-June 2010 vs January-June 2009 40%
Increase in Ford Motor Company U.S. automobile sales, January-June 2010 vs January-June 2009 24%
Increase in General Motors Corporation U.S. automobile sales, January-June 2010 vs January-June 2009 7%
Increase in American Honda U.S. automobile sales, January-June 2010 vs January-June 2009 13%
Decline in new car sales, 2008 vs. 2007 -10.5%
Decline in domestic new car sales, 2008 vs 2007 -13.7%
Decline in pickup truck sales, 2008 vs. 2007 -27%

More in-depth vehicle registration statistics are also available from the Bureau of Vehicle Statistics, a section of the Research and Innovative Technology Division (RITA) of the Department of Transportation (DOT). These links open vehicle registration data in a new browser window for your convenience. Also refer to our own Auto Industry Data Center for data on enthusiasts and automotive aftermarket news from the last 24 hours.

Car buyer statistics

Looking for vehicle registration data for foreign or domestic automobile and truck makes? Our vehicle data includes demographic data and ownership data on the following makes: Acura, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Bugatti, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Daewoo, Dodge, Eagle, Fiat, Ford, Geo, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lancia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mercury, Merkur, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Ram, Saab, Saturn, Scion, Smart, Subaru, Suzuki, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

Motorcycles registered in the US

There are over 8 million motorcycles registered in the United States. If you need registration statistics for motorcycles, or mailing lists to reach motorcycle owners, we can help. Need registration data for motorcycles or ATVs? Motorcycle makes in our masterfile include Aprilia, Big Dog, BMW, Buell, Can-Am, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha.

Demographics by vehicle owners

We have household income, employment, married status, consumer buying histories, primary household language, multiple vehicles owned, and more all by year/make/model.

Need exotic and high-end vehicle data? Our masterfile also includes hard-to-find lists and data on exotic makes like Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, DeTomaso, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Maserati, Maybach, Panoz, Porsche and Rolls Royce.

More information on vehicle registration data and the process it goes through is available in this blog post "Everything You Need to Know About Vehicle Registration Data." That post covers how the data comes in from DMVs, how the data is cleaned up and standardized, and important ways it is different from vehicle data released by the U.S. government.