BMW 3 Series Depreciation

A BMW 3 Series will depreciate 58% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $17,503.

Once driven off the new car lot, the BMW 3-Series loses value quickly, as do most BMWs. For new purchases, after four years, your 3-Series will be worth less than half of its original sticker price. However, if you want to let someone else get the new car smell, and you want to save a bunch of money, consider one that is a few years old, and still falls within BMW's "certified pre-owned program", also known as a CPO car. Some good deals can be found here, and given that their looks don't change much, no one will even know that it's not a brand new car.

The chart below shows the expected depreciation for the next 10 years. These results are for vehicles in good condition, averaging 13,500 miles per year, and assumes a purchase price of $41,964 when new. Key in your purchase price, expected ownership period and estimated annual miles driven into our depreciation calculator, and we'll predict an expected resale value just for you.

BMW 3 Series Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 $7,209 82.82% $34,755 13,500 2021
2 $13,752 67.23% $28,212 27,000 2022
3 $16,131 61.56% $25,833 40,500 2023
4 $21,561 48.62% $20,403 54,000 2024
5 $24,461 41.71% $17,503 67,500 2025
6 $26,958 35.76% $15,006 81,000 2026
7 $27,633 34.15% $14,331 94,500 2027
8 $28,959 30.99% $13,005 108,000 2028
9 $31,721 24.41% $10,243 121,500 2029
10 $33,231 20.81% $8,733 135,000 2030
Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $7,209 82.82% $34,755
2 $13,752 67.23% $28,212
3 $16,131 61.56% $25,833
4 $21,561 48.62% $20,403
5 $24,461 41.71% $17,503
6 $26,958 35.76% $15,006
7 $27,633 34.15% $14,331
8 $28,959 30.99% $13,005
9 $31,721 24.41% $10,243
10 $33,231 20.81% $8,733

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If you purchase a used BMW 3 Series that is 2 years old, then you could save $13,752 compared to buying new, and still have a relatively new model with plenty of useful life remaining. If you plan to keep this vehicle for 3 years then your total cost of depreciation would be $10,709. Try other age and ownership length combinations, or different vehicles to see if you can find depreciation sweetspots where this cost is the lowest. Hint: Try vehicles between 2 and 4 years old, as brand new vehicles depreciate quickly. Also, if this is a recently released model and buying a few years old isn't possible, consider another vehicle, or perhaps wait until more used 3 Series models become available.

The Best Model Years to Buy a BMW 3 Series

The 2016 BMW 3 Series is our top pick for the best model year value for the 3 Series. With the 2016, you would only pay, on average, 49% of the price as new, with 67% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2015 and 2018 model years are also attractive years for the 3 Series, and provide a relatively good value. Our rankings consider multiple factors, including the 3 Series's price as new, current price, maintenance costs and remaining years of overall predictabe expenses. Our top ranked model year represents the most car for the money of the BMW 3 Series models.

BMW 3 Series Historical Depreciation

Year New Price Current Price Maintenance $ Decline % Decline % Paid Value Rating
2020 $41,964 $41,964 $446 $0 0% 100%
2019 $40,216 $33,825 $519 $8,139 19.4% 82.82%
2018 $41,673 $28,672 $656 $5,153 15.23% 67.23% Better
2017 $39,467 $25,158 $863 $3,514 12.26% 61.56% Good
2016 $38,779 $19,855 $999 $5,303 21.08% 48.62% Best
2015 $38,139 $17,184 $1,276 $2,671 13.45% 41.71% Better
2014 $37,967 $15,357 $1,780 $1,827 10.63% 35.76% Good
2013 $36,952 $14,639 $2,019 $718 4.68% 34.15%
2012 $36,937 $13,624 $2,178 $1,015 6.93% 30.99%
2011 $36,240 $11,341 $2,494 $2,283 16.76% 24.41%
2010 $36,489 $10,158 $2,563 $1,183 10.43% 20.81%
2009 $36,464 $9,347 $2,942 $811 7.98% 17.57%
2008 $40,873 $9,234 $3,480 $113 1.21% 14.08%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2020 $41,964 100%
2019 $33,825 82.82%
2018 $28,672 67.23% Better
2017 $25,158 61.56% Good
2016 $19,855 48.62% Best
2015 $17,184 41.71% Better
2014 $15,357 35.76% Good
2013 $14,639 34.15%
2012 $13,624 30.99%
2011 $11,341 24.41%
2010 $10,158 20.81%
2009 $9,347 17.57%
2008 $9,234 14.08%

Considering financing? Try our BMW 3 Series Loan Calculator, which will steer you away from unattractive loan structures that put you in a bad financial position relative to the value of your vehicle. Customize a loan structure that is right for you, or try some basic options, No Money Down, 10% Down and 20% Down. Important Note: CarEdge.com does NOT offer auto financing, or are we affiliated with any financing sources. We provide this information in the hope that you can make a more informed purchasing decision.

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About Our Data and "Useful Lifespan"

We aggregate and analyze millions of automotive data points from a variety of sources, including some of the industry's leading data providers. The historical depreciation tables, charts, values and overall rankings are conducted on a semi-annual basis, with our most recent update published in September 2020.

While the "Useful Lifespan" of a vehicle will vary greatly from one model to the next, and even one owner to the next, we have determined that twelve years is the most appropriate timeframe which will yield us good, usable data - and that any data beyond that timeframe becomes more dispersed, and ultimately less reliable. Moreover, maintenance costs beyond that timeframe become significantly more varied, as a vehicle owner's care of a particular vehicle will greatly impact its value, and ongoing maintenance costs. We are very much hopeful, however, that your car or truck will last well beyond twelve years, and that it gets you to where you want to go.

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