You've decided to go German. Wunderbar!
But you've also decided it just didn't make sense to pay the premium for a brand new vehicle. So now you have to ask:
Which entry-level used car makes the most financial sense? The Mercedes-Benz C300? The BMW 3-Series? The Audi A4?
We pored over 400+ vehicles in Kelley Blue Book in the San Francisco Bay Area to help you answer this question. We analyzed the vehicles on the following dimensions: 1) Year, 2) Asking Price, 3) Asking Price (as a % of original MSRP) and 4) Mileage.
Value depreciation by mile
Asking price (as a % of original MSRP) is on the y-axis. Mileage is on the x-axis. Each vehicle is color-coded by make/model. Each dot represents one vehicle. With these many data points, you can see the trends appear.
Value depreciation by year
Asking price is on the y-axis. Year is on the x-axis. Each dot represents one vehicle. The bar shows the average asking price for a given year. The average asking prices roughly decay with each year. Any fluctuations in this trend can be safely assumed to be the result of minimal data.
Everyone looks for different things when they're buying a car. Some people want the safest car out there. Some people are Honda "lifers." And some people love K-Pop so much that they will buy whatever as long as it's Korean-made.
Thankfully the J.D. Power 2016 Vehicle Dependability Study has all the right information for you, whichever type of buyer you are.
We took this information and sliced and diced it in every which way so you can make an informed decision. J.D. Power reported the number of Problems per 100 Vehicles (PP100) -- the lower the better. For the 5th year in a row, Lexus took the top spot.
For more information, download our research report here.
By Roy Mathew