BMW i3 Depreciation

A BMW i3 will depreciate 68% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $16,768.

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 $51,978 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 i3 Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 $17,740 65.87% $34,238 13,500 2021
2 $26,493 49.03% $25,485 27,000 2022
3 $30,610 41.11% $21,368 40,500 2023
4 $33,282 35.97% $18,696 54,000 2024
5 $35,210 32.26% $16,768 67,500 2025
6 $37,492 27.87% $14,486 81,000 2026
7 $38,578 25.78% $13,400 94,500 2027
8 $39,583 23.85% $12,395 108,000 2028
9 $40,513 22.06% $11,465 121,500 2029
10 $41,373 20.40% $10,605 135,000 2030
Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $17,740 65.87% $34,238
2 $26,493 49.03% $25,485
3 $30,610 41.11% $21,368
4 $33,282 35.97% $18,696
5 $35,210 32.26% $16,768
6 $37,492 27.87% $14,486
7 $38,578 25.78% $13,400
8 $39,583 23.85% $12,395
9 $40,513 22.06% $11,465
10 $41,373 20.40% $10,605

BMW i3 Depreciation Calculator

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If you purchase a used BMW i3 that is 2 years old, then you could save $26,493 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 $8,717. 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 i3 models become available.

The Best Model Years to Buy a BMW i3

The 2018 BMW i3 is our top pick for the best model year value for the i3. With the 2018, you would only pay, on average, 49% of the price as new, with 83% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2017 and 2016 model years are also attractive years for the i3, and provide a relatively good value. Our rankings consider multiple factors, including the i3'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 i3 models.

BMW i3 Historical Depreciation

Year New Price Current Price Maintenance $ Decline % Decline % Paid Value Rating
2020 $51,978 $51,978 $350 $0 0% 100%
2019 $51,741 $34,503 $420 $17,475 33.62% 65.87% Good
2018 $51,547 $25,826 $552 $8,677 25.15% 49.03% Best
2017 $46,329 $19,799 $752 $6,027 23.34% 41.11% Better
2016 $44,964 $17,058 $884 $2,741 13.84% 35.97% Better
2015 $44,320 $15,449 $1,151 $1,609 9.43% 32.26% Good
2014 $43,914 $13,878 $1,638 $1,571 10.17% 27.87%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2020 $51,978 100%
2019 $34,503 65.87% Good
2018 $25,826 49.03% Best
2017 $19,799 41.11% Better
2016 $17,058 35.97% Better
2015 $15,449 32.26% Good
2014 $13,878 27.87%
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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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