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Top 10 Fastest Depreciating Auto's


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Top 10 Fastest Depreciating Auto's

I See Cars Study

4.1 million auto sales reviewed that became CPO resales and this gave I See Cars a clear picture of the top 10 auto's with the highest depreciation. In the Luxury segment, this led by BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-benz E-Class.

iSeeCars 10 Best Bargains on Almost-New Vehicles

Rank Car Avg. 3-Year-Old Used Price % Depreciation Depreciation Compared to Average
1 BMW 5 Series $ 30,846 52.6% 1.5 x
2 Volkswagen Passat $14,906 50.7% 1.4 x
3 Mercedes-Benz E-Class $34,010 49.9% 1.4 x
4 BMW 3 Series $24,024 49.8% 1.4 x
5 Ford Taurus $18,098 49.7% 1.4 x
6 Chrysler 200 $14,011 48.4% 1.4 x
7 Volkswagen Jetta $13,157 48.1% 1.4 x
8 Audi A3 $21,120 47.9% 1.4 x
9 Cadillac SRX $ 26,291 47.2% 1.3 x
10 Buick Enclave $26,620 46.8% 1.3 x
Average for All Vehicles 35.0% 1.0 x

According to their study, auto's on average after 3 years lose 35 percent of their value with Trucks being the best value holder at depreciating only 23.3 percent. Of the highest depreciation on the list is that 6 of the 10 auto's are german and they are on the list due to one very clear reason, extremely high repair costs that should make a potential buyer stop and think twice about buying them. Best value can be also had in auto's that are discontinued even if they are pretty solid auto's such as the Taurus and 200. Safety wise, I See Cars does point out that all the auto's on the list except for one are rated 5 out of 5 stars for crash safety. The Mercedes-benz is rated 4 out of 5.

The study covers the following categories and is a worthwhile review if your looking for a solid CPO or New Driver first auto.

Categories of the study:

  • 10 Best Bargains on CPO auto's
  • Best Bargains under $20K for Grads and New Drivers
  • Best Bargains on CPO SUVs
  • Best Bargains on CPO Trucks
  • Best Bargains on CPO Minivans
  • Best Bargains on CPO Luxury Autos

I have to post the Luxury list as except for a single cadillac and Lincoln, the list is dominated by heavily depreciating German auto's and one Japanese car.

iSeeCars Best Bargains on Almost-New Luxury Vehicles

Rank Car Avg. 3-Year-Old Used Price % Depreciation Depreciation Compared to Luxury Average
1 BMW 5 Series $30,846 52.6% 1.2 x
2 Mercedes-Benz E-Class $34,010 49.9% 1.1 x
3 BMW 3 Series $24,024 49.8% 1.1 x
4 Audi A3 $21,120 47.9% 1.1 x
5 Cadillac SRX $26,291 47.2% 1.1 x
6 Mercedes-Benz C-Class $27,007 46.4% 1.0 x
7 Mercedes-Benz M-Class $34,628 46.2% 1.0 x
8 BMW 4 Series $31,196 46.2% 1.0 x
9 Acura TLX $22,319 44.5% 1.0x
10 Lincoln MKC $24,544 44.3% 1.0 x
11 BMW X5 $39,268 44.1% 1.0 x
Average for Luxury Vehicles 43.4% 1.0 x
Average for All Vehicles 35.0%
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This is where a consumer who values this sort of thing can get burned.

5-series is the 'loser' vs. the e-class because it loses 52.6% vs. 49.9%. This means the e-class is the better value, right?

Wrong. The dollar numbers tell the bottom line: 5-series owner loses $27,800 but the higher priced e-class loses it's owner $34,146.

Again, if this sort of thing is important to you, go for the 5-series and save yourself $6350.

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Since BMW and MB sedans are typically lease vehicles, they make good CPOs w/ that kind of depreciation.   At the other extreme, there are probably some people that buy them new and keep them until they are worn out after 15 years or so...

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