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According to Black Book® data, the average price of a used vehicle for model years 2009-2013 was largely unchanged in April, with 0.0% registered depreciation during the month. Domestic cars increased +1.1%; import cars changed -0.8%; domestic trucks increased +1.5%; and import trucks changed -0.2%. Average pre-recession annual depreciation was continually recorded between -15% and -18%, and Black Book expects 2015 depreciation near -14.5%.
Premium Sporty Cars saw the largest segment depreciation during April at -1.3%. Vehicles in this segment include the Chevrolet Corvette, BMW 6-Series, Nissan GT-R, Mercedes-Benz CL Class and Cadillac XLR. Vehicles in this segment finished the month with an average price of $45,048, a -13.6% change from year-ago levels ($52,159). Luxury Cars finished the month with the second-highest depreciation at -1.0%.
Compact SUVs saw the strongest retention during April at +2.8%. Vehicles in this segment include the Jeep Wrangler and Nissan Xterra. Vehicles in this segment finished April with an average price of $19,783, a -3.9% decrease from year-ago levels ($20,583).
Showing the final push from the spring tax buying season, three cars (Entry-Level Car +0.1%; Upper Mid-Size Car +1.0%; Full-Size Car +0.1%) saw increases on the month. They were joined by three trucks also showing monthly increases (Full-Size Cargo Vans at +0.3%; Compact CUV at +0.4%; and Full-Size Passenger Vans at +0.5%).
Full Size CUV was the truck segment with the largest depreciation on the month at -0.8%. Vehicles in this segment include the Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7, Cadillac SRX and Buick Enclave. Vehicles in this segment finished the month at $20,723, a -15.8% change from a year ago ($24,626).
“The fact that we’re looking at overall unchanged depreciation levels across used vehicle segments in late April is a testament to the stretched spring season we’ve had this year,” said Anil Goyal, Vice President of Automotive Valuation and Analytics for Black Book. “Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see if the remainder of the year will outperform market expectations.”
Here is the complete breakdown of Black Book-recorded April value changes of used vehicles (2009-2013):
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