CarGurus finds that dead cars have a scary amount of car shopper interest

Discovery shows the zombie car-pocalypse may be upon us

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., October 18, 2016 – With Halloween right around the corner, today the car shopping site CarGurus issued its list of top “zombie” cars. CarGurus dug through its data graveyard to find discontinued makes and models that are showing signs of life. While many dead cars often show signs of being revitalized by car shoppers, the list below is comprised of zombie cars where consumer interest has steadily increased since 2014.

CarGurus 2016 Zombie Car list can be seen below:
+ Mazda Speed3 (2007-2013)
+ Mazda2 (2001-2014)
+ Toyota Supra (1983-1998)
+ Toyota Pickup (1978-1995)
+ Volkswagen EuroVan (1993-2003)
+ Bugatti Veyron (2006-2010)
+ Porsche 968 (1992-1995)
+ GMC Syclone (1991-1991)
+ Jeep Commander (2006-2010)
+ Ford Bronco II (1984-1990)

According to CarGurus’ data, discontinued models make up approximately 12% of used car inventory available for sale in the U.S., and typically used car dealers are able to sell these “dead” cars just as fast as still-manufactured models of the same age in terms of average days on market.

“Our data shows that interest in dead cars is very much alive, and for good reason: many discontinued cars offer decent quality at a discounted price,” said CarGurus Mad Data Scientist, Lisa Rosenberg. “That said, shoppers that are new to the car-pocalype should double down on their research before buying an obsolete car. Do your price homework, shop at a reputable dealer and definitely get the car inspected by a mechanic that can give insight on future expected maintenance issues.”

In order to avoid getting spooked this Halloween season and beyond, car-zombie enthusiasts should turn to resources like CarGurus to make sure their shopping experience is full of treats and not tricks. Shoppers should also be aware that for discontinued brands, finding car parts needed for repairs can be more challenging, and that can result in a real Saab story for owners.

For more information about CarGurus’ Zombie Car list and tips to keep in mind when purchasing a discontinued car, please visit

About CarGurus
Founded in 2007 by Langley Steinert, co-founder of TripAdvisor, CarGurus is a leading online automotive shopping destination focused on bringing transparency and efficiency to the car research and shopping experience. The site uses technology and market data analysis to help millions of automotive shoppers search for cars and quickly identify the best deals from top-rated dealers in their local area. Today, the site serves more than 21 million unique monthly users and more than 18,000 car dealerships with more than 5 million car listings, and ranks #1 among car shopping websites in the U.S. by daily unique visitor traffic. CarGurus also has sites in the UK and Canada.

Brian Kramer