Auto dealerships purchase cars direct from manufacturers to resell to final consumers. But, vehicles may spend days, weeks, and even months in some cases in dealers' inventories before being purchased by the ultimate owner. Dealers seek the fastest inventory turnover possible, making 'days to turn'—the number of days a vehicle was in dealer's inventory before being sold—a critical metric for dealers.

  • In 2016, Subarus were the quickest sold automobiles in the world: dealers required an average of 27 days to sell a Subaru, according to Edmunds.
  • Cars produced by Toyota, Honda, and Mercedes-Benzwhich are among the world's safest vehicles of 2017also sold relatively quickly, each requiring less than two months.
  • In contrast, vehicles manufactured by Mitsubishi and Chrysler Group lasted more than three months in dealer inventories. Models from GM and Ford, the top vehicle manufacturers in the US, sold in 78 days on average.
  • The days to turn range extends from compact trucks, requiring just 35 days, to large cars, at 96 days.

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