Where the World's Unsold Cars Go To Die

Tyler Durden's picture

In the past several years, one of the topics covered in detail on these pages has been the surge in such gimmicks designed to disguise lack of demand and end customer sales, used extensively by US automotive manufacturers, better known as "channel stuffing", of which General Motors is particularly guilty and whose inventory at dealer lots just hit a new record high. But did you know that when it comes to flat or declining sales and stagnant end demand, channel stuffing is merely the beginning?


Where the World's Unsold Cars Go To Die (courtesy of Vincent Lewis' Unsold Cars)

Above is just a few of the thousands upon thousands of unsold cars at Sheerness, United Kingdom.  Please do see this on Google Maps....type in Sheerness, United Kingdom.  Look to the west coast, below River Thames next to River Medway. Left of A249, Brielle Way.

Timestamp: Friday, May 16th, 2014.

There are hundreds of places like this in the world today and they keep on piling up...


Houston...We have a problem!...Nobody is buying brand new cars anymore!  Well they are, but not on the scale they once were.  Millions of brand new unsold cars are just sitting redundant on runways and car parks around the world.  There, they stay, slowly deteriorating without being maintained.

Below is an image of a massive car park at Swindon, United Kingdom, with thousands upon thousands of unsold cars just sitting there with not a buyer in sight. The car manufacturers have to buy more and more land just to park their cars as they perpetually roll off the production line.

There is proof that the worlds recession is still biting and wont let go.  All around the world there are huge stockpiles of unsold cars and they are being added to every day.  They have run out of space to park all of these brand new unsold cars and are having to buy acres and acres of land to store them.


The images on this webpage showing all of these unsold cars are just a very small portion of those around the world.  There are literally thousands of these "car parks" rammed full of unsold cars in practically every country on the planet.  Just in case you were wondering, these images have not been Photoshopped, they are the real deal!

Its hard to believe that there are so many unsold cars in the world but its true.  The worse part is that the amount of unsold cars keeps on getting bigger every day.

It would be fair to say that it is becoming a mechanical epidemic of epic proportions.  If anybody from outer space is reading this webpage, we here on Earth have too many cars, why not come and buy a few hundred thousand of them for your own planet! (sorry but this is all I can think of)

Below is shown just a few of the 57,000 cars (and growing) that await delivery from their home in the Port of Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. With Google Maps look South of Broening Hwy in Dundalk for the massive expanse of space where all these cars are parked up.

The car industry would never sell these cars at massive reductions in their prices to get rid of them, no they still want every buck.  If they were to price these cars for a couple of thousand they would sell them.  However, nobody would then buy any expensive cars and then they  would end up being unsold.  Its quite a pickle we have gotten ourselves into.

Below is shown an image of the Nissan test track in Sunderland United Kingdom.  Only it is no longer being used, reason...there are too many unsold cars parked up on it!  The amount of cars keeps on piling up on it until its overflowing.  Nissan then acquires more land to park up the cars, as they continue to come off the production line.

UPDATE: Currently May 16th, 2014, all of these cars at the Nissan Sunderland test track have disappeared? Now I don't believe they have all suddenly been sold.  I would guess they may have been taken away and recycled to make room for the next vast production run.

Indeed next to that test track and adjacent to the Nissan factory, they are collating again as shown on the Google Maps image below.  So where did the last lot go? This is not an employees car park by the way.

None of the images on this webpage are of ordinary car parks at shopping malls, football matches etc.  Trust me, they are just mountains and mountains of brand spanking new unsold cars. There is no real reason why you should be driving an old clunker now is there?

The car industry cannot stop making new cars because they would have to close their factories and lay off tens of thousands of employees.  This would further add to the recession.  Also the domino effect would be catastrophic as steel manufactures would not sell their steel. All the tens of thousands of places where car components are made would also be effected, indeed the world could come to a grinding halt.

Below is shown just a small area of a gigantic car park  in Spain where tens of thousands of cars just sit and sunbathe all day.

They are also piling up at the port of Valencia in Spain as seen below.  They are either waiting to be exported to...nowhere or have been imported...to go nowhere.

Tens of thousands of cars are still being made every week but hardly any of them are being sold.  Nearly every household in developed countries already has a car or even two or three cars parked up on their driveway as it is.

Below is an image of thousands upon thousands of unsold cars parked up on a runway near St Petersburg in Russia.  They are all imported from Europe, they are all then parked up and they are all then left to rot. Consequently, the airport is now unusable for its original purpose.

The cycle of buying, using, buying using has been broken, it is now just a case of "using" with no buying. Below is an image of thousands of unsold cars parked up on an disused runway at Upper Heyford, Bicester, Oxfordshire. They are seriously running out of space to store these cars.

It is a sorry state of affairs and there is no answer to it, solutions don't exist.  So the cars just keep on being manufactured and keep on adding to the millions of unsold cars already sitting redundant around the world.

Below are parked tens of thousands of cars at Royal Portbury Docks, Avonmouth, near Bristol in the United Kingdom. If you look on Google Maps and scan around the area at say 200ft you will see nothing but parked up unsold cars. They are absolutley everywhere in that area practically every open space has unsold cars parked up on it.

Below is that same area in Avonmouth, UK, but zoomed out. Every gray space that you see is filled with unsold cars.  Anyone want to hazard a guess at how many are there...

As it is, there are more cars than there are people on the planet with an estimated 10 billion roadworthy cars in the world today.

We literally cannot make enough of them. Below are seen just a few of the thousands of Citroen's parked up at Corby, Northamptonshire in England. They are being added to daily, imported from France but with nowhere else to go once they arrive.

So there they sit, brand spanking new cars, all with a couple of miles on the clock that was consummate with them being driven to their car parks.  Below is the latest May 2014 Google Maps image of unsold cars in Corby, Northamptonshire.

Manufacturing more cars than can be sold is against all logic, logistics and economics but it continues day after day, week after week, month after month, year in year out.

Below is shown a recent (April 2014) screen grab from Google Maps of the Italian port of Civitavecchia.  All those little specks are a few thousand brand new unsold Peugeots.  Just collecting dust and maybe a bit of salty sea spray!

Below, all nice and shiny but with nowhere to go.  Red and white and black and silver, purple, pink and blue, all the colors of the rainbow and be they all brand new.  Indeed all the colors of the rainbow are down there on those cars, making pretty mosaics, montages of color and still life.  Maybe that is all they will now ever be, surreal urban art of the techno production age.  Magnificent metal boxes, wasting space and saving grace, all sitting still, because its business at mill.

All around the world these cars just keep on piling up, there is no end in sight.  The economy shouts out quite loud that nobody has the money anymore to spend on a new car. The reason being that they are making their "old" cars go on a lot longer.  But we cannot stop making them, soon we will run out of space to park them.  We are nearly running out of space to drive them that's for sure!

Below, more cars mount up in the port of Valencia in Spain. They will not be exported as there is nowhere for them to go, so they just sit and rot in their colorful droves.

Gone are the days when the family would have a new car every year, they are now keeping what they have got.  It may be fair to say that some  families still get a new car every year but its the majority that now do not.

The results are in these images, hundreds of thousands if not millions of cars around the world are driven from their factories, parked up and left.

Could we say that these cars have been left to rot!  Maybe, as these cars will certainly rot if they are not bought, driven and cared for.  It does not look like they will be sold any day soon, many of them have been standing for over 12 months or even longer and this is detrimental to the car.

Below, as far as the eye can see, right into the background, cars, cars and more cars. But what's beyond the horizon?  Have a guess...Yes that's right...even more cars!  All brand new but with no homes to go to.  Do you think they will ever start giving them away, that may be the only radical solution.  Who knows, you could soon be getting a free car with every packet of cornflakes.

When a car is left standing idle, all the oil sinks to the bottom of the sump, and then corrosion begins to set in on all the internal engine parts where the oil has drained away.

Cold corrosion is when condensation builds up in the cylinders and rust forms in the bores. The engines would then start to seize and would need to be professionally freed before they could be started.  Also the tires start to lose air and the batteries start to go flat, indeed the detrimental list goes on and on.

So the longer they sit there the worse it slowly becomes for them.  What is the answer to this?  Well they need to be sold and that just isn't happening.

The epidemic is not improving, it is getting worse.  Car manufactureres are constantly coming out with new models with the latest technology in them.  Hence prospective buyers of, for example, a new Citroen Xsara Picasso want the latest model, not last years model.  Hence all the unsold Citroen Xsara Picasso cars from the previous year will now have even lesser chance of being sold.

The problems then just keep on mounting up.  In the end, the unsold cars that are say 2 years old will have no alternative but to be either crushed up, dismantled and/or their parts recycled.

Some car manufacturers moved their production over to China, General Motors and Cadillac are examples of this.  They are then shipped over in containers and unloaded at ports.  However they are now being told to put a big halt in their import into the U.S.A. as they just can't sell them in the quantities they would desire.  Consequently Chinese car parks are now filling up with brand new American cars.  Well nobody in China can afford them on their meagre pittance wages, so there they will stay until our economy improves...which it might do in a few generations.

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sleigher's picture

lol   you bandwidth thief you

Terminus C's picture

lol, guess it was not just me :)

ACP's picture

Looks like someone got "car-blocked".

caShOnlY's picture

if anyone remembers late 2008 and early 2009 we saw the same type of pics - cars piled up everywhere.  But at least we aren't in a recession, so buy some stawks today!!

Chris Jusset's picture

In your Google search box, type in "unsold cars", and behold the images. WOW!

Antarctico's picture

This thread is useless without pics!

Jlasoon's picture

"Nothing to see here move along"

Now please go pay $60,000 for a Chinese made Cadillac POS. - Brought to you by your good friends at the Treasury Dept. 

Mistress Raindrop's picture

That's interesting.  Very very interesting.  Bitches.

Keyser's picture

The Chinese have their emtpy mega-cities and the west has too many cars... When all the excess production curtails, economies will grind to a halt... 


SafelyGraze's picture

what we need are more laws requiring people to drive

and to drive up-to-date vehicles with more intelligence built in

also we need more tollroads

and we need to ensure that people drive their new cars on the tollroads and so forth

or else we could just have smart cars that drive themselves on the tollroads, eliminating the need for human drivers

and then everyone is billed for the self-driving cars that are accumulating tolls


Anusocracy's picture

When the wheels fall off the world's economies we'll know where to go for replacements.

Manthong's picture

Chris Martenson considers these times to be “Peak Prosperity”.

I agree to most extents however, the root is “Peak Consumerism”.

Shocker's picture

People don't have the money to buy new cars.

Kinda amazing to see all theses zombie car parking lots.

Job Situation: http://www.dailyjobcuts.com


0b1knob's picture

 "Its quite a pickle we have gotten ourselves into."

What do you mean by "we" Lone Ranger?

franzpick's picture

Send them to the empty factory parking lots and unused spaces in Detroit.

Pairadimes's picture

Wait a minute. If Keynes and his current fluffer-in-chief Krugman are right, then the world economy should be growing by leaps and bounds with such massive over-production of $30,000 paperweights. I am truly confused.

How can anybody look at something like this and not realize how truly, profoundly and irretrievably fucked the politically-driven centrally-planned economy is?

nope-1004's picture

No kidding.  Central bankers are not only ruining money, they are ruining hard assets.  They are satanic in every regard.  The funny thing is that they actually think they are fooling the world into believing the bullshit "recovery" story, yet the images above prove, WITHOUT A DOUBT, that they are 100% LIARS.

Such a massive waste seeing these images.  I truly want Bernanke thrown in jail.  The guy is pure fecal matter.


GetZeeGold's picture





I see ghost cars...

smithcreek's picture

I'm not saying there is no overproduction and channel stuffing going on, but if you live near one of these auto distribution centers you would know that this is typical, not the end of the world.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Sorry, but ZH is way off on this one! These cars aren't meant for drving! They're destined for T-GARO-T-PO (The Great Artifcial Reef Of The Pacific Ocean).

sleigher's picture

Just think of all the children those cars could feed.  Iron is an important part of your diet.

Jonas Parker's picture

First Obama phones, now Obama cars...

THX 1178's picture

The system is running down. It can not be stopped. It will not be stopped. The Final Collapse is coming. It is just around the corner.

chunga's picture

No way. Those cars are green shoots!

Think for yourself's picture

When you have no solution, legislate.

Here in Quebec, used cars over 8 years are slowly being regulated out of existence, by implementing ever-increasing piles of red tape over any resale transaction. Make it too costly and complex to buy used cars, get the inventory flowing again!

Quus Ant's picture

I wrote this comment to see how ridiculous it would look stretched to infinity.  One word at a time I could take over the whole board.  Hmmmm..... how would this look: Honorificabilitudinitatibus

0b1knob's picture

Zero Hedge is double plus shitwise full according to a link on Gawker.



BigJim's picture

Oops! looks like ZH fucked up big time with this one.

fallout11's picture

Japan has had very strict rules like you describe for decades, regulations that get stricter the older the vehicle is. As a result it is extremely rare to find even a 7 year old vehicle on their roads.

Chuck Walla's picture

If you like your Audi, you can keep your Audi. PERIOD!



Ein Volk! Ein Barack! Ein Reich!

WhackoWarner's picture

I am cheap cheap cheap. Never bought a new car in my life.  Had some pretty nice cars too.  But always used, sometimes pre-collector.

Our main claim to the roads is a 1992 custom camperized van with captain's chairs and stuff.  Paid  $4000.  Then invested  $12K getting custom body restoration/rust proofing.....engine overhaul; new wheels and tires.

From top to bottom we have a complete customized unit that we know all the work; have gaurantees,  have few computerized modules that prevent any self-maintenence.  And all the kids go "OH WOW"

So why buy some piece of pre-recalled metal? 

Bought my 64 1/2 convertible, standard 3 speed Mustang in very good shape for $1500. 



skepsis101's picture

I've got 348,000 miles on my 2000 F-350 pick-up and my mechanic says the engine and transmission are in such good shape I'll surely get another 250,000 on it yet.  And no major repairs in 14 years.  Let's see, if the mechanic is right, and at 24,000 miles per year, I'll be 77 years old by the time the old fart kicks the bucket (the truck, not me).  I intend to live longer than that; at least long enough to witness this whole fucking collapse and reset so I can get at least one good belly-laugh out of our present insanity.  Can't wait to see what us humans can come up with next.

I guess Ford really fucked up when they forgot obsolesence mantra.  

FEDbuster's picture

Memorial Day Sales EVENT!!  BooooooooooYaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

Oh regional Indian's picture

Supply side madness. 

The tectonic shift happening is a natural shift back to demand side everything.

Not easy. This kind of shit. Think how much easier to store all the other crap they manufacture which has nowhere to go.


Manthong's picture

Heh heh,,

I have two cars..

They both are SUV’.s

They both are model year 2000.

Both have less than 55K miles.

I have owned over a dozen new cars.. off the lot.

Smart people do not buy new cars anymoar.

Beery's picture

Truly smart people don't buy cars at all. Instead, they live close enough to their work so that they don't need to drive.

All a car is, these days, is a way to part a fool from a lot of his money.

edotabin's picture

To not have that false sense of freedom and independence is unfathomable to me. I love being able to put the pedal to the metal in a 350+ HP car but be restricted to speeds far lower than its capability. The fact that I paid extra for those 350+ ponies means nothing of course. 

In my car, I can "decompress" from the stresses of the day while paying higher insurance, higher maintenance costs and probably traveling slower than I could walk because of the rush hour traffic jam. Not to worry though because my investment in my expensive car has earned me the right to watch it depreciate 30% when I drive it off the lot and I get to enjoy further depreciation each year. It has forced me to rely more on my job while advertising the carmaker's nameplate and making  the poor idiot next to me to want it even more. I have status damn it!



free_lunch's picture

If all cars that are not payed for with savings, but financed with loans would get off the road, trafic jams would be impossible..

trembo slice's picture

I think smart people are moving out of cities...

Seer's picture

"Smart" people do what's necessary.  "Cars" are tools.

Keep in mind that the POV subsidizes trucking, and that with far fewer POVs on the roadways trucking is going to have to pony up for more of the maintenance costs.  Tanslation: increased costs on good delivered; the non-auto world isn't going to be so "cheap" as you might think: cities are by their very nature unsustainable- I wouldn't be all that excited to experience that auto-free future, not in the short-to-medium term that is.

NOTE: I commuted to work for 5 straight years (only missing one day).  I used money "saved" to buy help buy Ag land: where I run a tractor and other fossil fuel sucking machinery (it's reality, for now).

free_lunch's picture

TTIP, where democracy goes to die..

The EU is currently negotiating a far-reaching free trade agreement with the US, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). There are plans to enshrine extra powers for corporations in the deal as a result of a strong and persistent campaign by industry lobby groups and unscrupulous law firms to allow powerful corporations to challenge regulations both at home and abroad if they affect profits.

The watchdog organization Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) states that EU member states could find domestic laws to protect the public interest quite useless as they become challenged in secretive, offshore tribunals where national laws have no weight and politicians no powers to intervene.



TeamDepends's picture

Some forward thinking mover and shaker needs to visit these lots with a hammer and start bustin' all the windows. Fixed!

DaddyO's picture

Channeling Krugman are we?


Cruel Aid's picture

lol yea the Krugman counter to Friedmans pencil story.

Destruction creates wealth... rotflmao

Quus Ant's picture

Didn't you know the machines came to life after earth passed through a comet's tail in 1986?  It's their world now.