Resale value is a huge factor when consumers hit dealer lots looking for a new vehicle to purchase. One of the scariest things that can happen after buying a car is realizing that the expensive car you just bought is hardly worth anything after driving it off the lot. This depreciation gets consumers stuck in vehicles they no longer want to have. Either their car isn’t worth enough to sell and pay off in full, or their car isn’t worth enough in trade-in value to get anything of value in another vehicle. Because starting prices tend to range a bit higher for luxury car brands, depreciation is an especially important factor to consider when this vehicle class is on your radar.
If you’re shopping for a new luxury vehicle you may want to make sure your new car retains its value. CarEdge released a study that follows vehicle values in the first three years of ownership. It tracks the brands and models that depreciate the most and least. Here is everything you need to know about the 5 worst luxury car brands for resale value after 3 years according to CarEdge.
5. The Cadillac luxury car brand lineup doesn’t hold value over time
The 5th worst luxury vehicle brand in resale value retention is the American luxury automotive giant, Cadillac. While Cadillac does make quality vehicles, they lose their value quicker than most brands in its class. The average Cadillac vehicle is only worth around 74.83% of its initial value after three years of ownership. The Cadillac Escalade is the worst of the bunch, only retaining an average of 74.79% of its initial sale value.
4. INFINITI resale value drops drastically after 3 years
Infiniti is the luxury division of Nissan. It’s the fourth worst luxury vehicle brand when it comes to value retention over the first three years of ownership. Infiniti vehicles typically hold around 74.76% of their initial value over the first three years of ownership, with the worst vehicle for value retention in the Infiniti lineup being the Infiniti QX80, which only holds around 61.56% of its sale value after three years.
3. Land Rover models are fan favorites with lackluster resale value
Land Rover makes excellent vehicles, but their cost to own over the long term and their maintenance schedule can be brutal for their buyers. Sadly, this high cost of ownership doesn’t translate to a high resale value. If you own a Land Rover, you can expect to only get around 71.65% of your original investment back upon resale after three years of ownership. The worst Land Rover model for resale value is the Land Rover Range Rover, which only holds on to around 63.50% of its original value three years after it is purchased new.
2. Mercedes-Benz depreciation can cost you
This historical German luxury giant produces incredible cars. Unfortunately, however, those vehicles do not seem to hold their value very well past their initial purchase. Mercedes owners can expect around 67.62% of their original value back if they resell after three years of ownership. Sadly, the record-setting vehicle in this study by CarEdge for the lowest resale value retained after three years is the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class. After a three-year ownership, it holds roughly 52.58% of its initial value in the used market.
1. Jaguar has the worst resale value on the list
For many consumers, it is no surprise that the automotive brand with the least amount of resale value after three years of ownership is Jaguar. Jaguar does make excellent cars, but they lose their value incredibly quickly. After three years, the resale value average is only 63.61% of the original purchase price. The worst vehicle in the Jaguar lineup when it comes to resale value retention is the Jaguar F-Type. It only retains around 61.80% of its original value after three years of ownership.
It may be disappointing to have bought any of these cars new and to see how much they have depreciated in such a short amount of time. But they can be a perfect option if you are looking for a deal on a luxury car, so get out there and see what kind of savings you can find!