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.