Avoid Buying These 10 Cars That Will Lose Value in Less Than 10 Years

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America loves its cars, and it loves products that retain their value over time. Unfortunately, these two things are largely mutually exclusive. The truth is: No matter how low you keep its mileage and how well you maintain it, a new car loses value very quickly.

According to auto authority Edmunds, a new car loses around 11% of its value the moment you leave the lot and 15% to 25% each of its first five years of ownership. After five years, your still-spunky car will be worth just 37% of what you paid for it. After 10 years, you’d be lucky to get a buyer to pay 10% of the original price.

When Zutobi updated its 2023 Motoring Depreciation Report last June, it found that the Kia Sorento, the Chevrolet Trax and the Mercedes GLE-Class lost the most value among U.S. vehicles, dipping 55.16%, 50.31% and 48.85%, respectively.

However, that study tracked three-year depreciation rates. When looking at car values over five years, iSeeCars, an auto search engine, found that luxury-brand cars and larger vehicles tend to depreciate more rapidly than moderately priced, non-luxury models.

“Just as higher gas prices increase demand for fuel-efficient vehicles, they also decrease demand for full-size SUVs like the extra-large Cadillac Escalade ESV and Lincoln Navigator,” said Karl Brauer, executive analyst for iSeeCars.

Additionally, luxury-inclined drivers are likely willing to pay a premium and want to drive new cars, while many used-car buyers simply want affordable, dependable transportation.

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10 Cars That Will Lose the Most Value in Less Than 10 Years

When shopping for a new car, depreciation down the road isn’t a high priority. But it isn’t something to neglect either. Cars are always expensive, so buying a replacement sooner than you’d like is something you want to avoid, as are these 10 cars that lose their value the fastest, according to iSeeCars research.

Ford Expedition

  • Average five-year depreciation: 50.7%

Volvo S90

  • Average five-year depreciation: 51.4%

Audi 6

  • Average five-year depreciation: 51.5%

Lincoln Navigator

  • Average five-year depreciation51.9%

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

  • Average five-year depreciation51.9%

Cadillac Escalade ESV

  • Average five-year depreciation52.3%

Infiniti QX80

  • Average five-year depreciation52.6%

Jaguar XF

  • Average five-year depreciation54.0%

Maserati Ghibli

  • Average five-year depreciation56.3%

BMW 7 Series

  • Average five-year depreciation56.9%

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