Thursday, April 15, 2021

*70% Car buyers are unaware of Car subscription services: CarDekhoSurvey*

 - Maruti Suzuki India leads the awareness campaign with over 75% vigilance

New Delhi, April 15, 2021: CarDekho, India’s leading auto-tech company initiated a consumer survey to find the acceptability and awareness about this service in the Indian metros. The survey revealed that car subscription is at a nascent stage in India, primarily because of a lack of awareness of the service/facility among customers. Close to 70% survey respondents are unaware of car subscription service offered by brands like Maruti Suzuki India, Hyundai Motor India, Mahindra & Mahindra, Toyota Motor India, ZoomCars, Revv, Myles,and others. 

The survey was conducted with a broad objective of understanding the current state of consumer awareness,interest, acceptability and apprehensions related to subscription services.

Owing to COVID-19, people prefer personal mobility since travelling by public transport is not considered safe in these times. Besides, economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic, customers are wary and inclined to save their financial resources. This is true with young millennials who are averse to buying a product that requires a long-term financial commitment.

The car leasing and subscription business currently havea penetration of less than 1% in India compared to 30% in developed markets such as the US, UK and Germany. However, as per GlobalData, vehicle leasing and subscription in India will reach a penetration level of 3-5% within the next five years. 

According to the CarDekho survey, 76 %of respondents in the 18-24 age group are not aware of such services, while 70% of those above 44 years denied any such knowledge. Nearly 66% of respondents in the age group of 25-45 years showed lack of awareness about car subscription services.  

Another finding was that 61% of respondents across age groups prefer a mix of car finance and down payment while purchasing a car and, on average, 18% of respondents prefer to make full payment. The survey also reveals that there is a serious need foran awareness campaign by manufacturers about subscription services since over 15% of consumer showed a willingness to explore vehicle subscription services.

On given a condition of a hassle-free, no resale risk, no upfront commitment to own a car, were they ok with the car not being in their name, a surprising 39% of respondents were open to the idea. 

Further, among those who selected car subscription, 57% preferred zero down payment as the key reason that could compel them to explore this option. Economic uncertainty has impactedconsumer confidence, hence they don’t want to tie themselves to any long-term commitment that is likely to impact their savings or investments. Some industry prominent brands have been operational in the subscription business such as Maruti Suzuki, Zoom Cars, Hyundai Motor India, Mahindra & Mahindra, Revv and others. However, Maruti remains the leader, with 78% awareness about subscription service among the consumers.

62% of the respondents believe that the current vehicle subscription pricing model offered in the market is either too high or needs correction and 47% saying, 12 months would be the best lock-in tenure.  

The survey was conducted among 501 respondents who were in-market with high intent of purchasing a car. The survey was conducted through a telephonic interaction. Nearly 47% of the respondents were in the age group of 25-34 with 61% of them employed in the private sector.

About CarDekho Group 

CarDekho Group, headquartered in Jaipur, was founded in 2008 and has footprints in India and South-East Asia. The group currently operates various leading Indian auto portals such as,,,, and more. With more than 70 stores, It’s CarDekhoGaadistores serve as the one-stop destination for customers to sell pre-owned cars and CarDekhoGaadi Trust Mark Stores serve as the one-stop destination for customers to buy pre-owned cars. The group is now recognized in India as the largest automotive video content player with 4 million+ hours viewed on YouTube, the largest consumer-facing digital destination with 55 million monthly unique visitors, and the largest auto social media platform. In 2016, the company expanded its presence in Indonesia under the brand name OTO, which has become the number one auto site in the country. It recently acquired the Philippines operations of Carmudi thereby expanding its operations to two Southeast Asian countries. CarDekho has raised funding from marquee investors including Sequoia India, Hillhouse Capital, Ping An, SunleyHouse, CapitalG (formerly known as Google Capital), HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, TimesInternet, Trifecta, Ratan Tata, Times Internet Limited, Kreatif Media Karya and Dentsu.

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