Mercedes-Benz C-Class Depreciation

A Mercedes-Benz C-Class will depreciate 51% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $26,399.

Mercedes' C-class depreciates pretty fast for the first handful of years of its life, and that continues through year 7, when it ranks as one of the lowest for retained value among luxury models. However, if you feel that you like the model well enough to buy one that is 6 or 7 years old, you just might find a bargain that doesn't depreciate much from that point forward. Mercedes vehicles last a long time, so if you can find an older one, that has been taken care of, and at a reasonable price, well, you might have found yourself a winner.

The chart below shows the expected depreciation for the next 10 years. These results are for vehicles in good condition, averaging 12,000 miles per year. It also assumes a selling price of $53,581 when new. Enter your purchase price, expected ownership period and estimated miles driven annually. Our depreciation calculator will predict an expected resale value for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 $9,173 82.88% $44,408 12,000 2022
2 $13,401 74.99% $40,180 24,000 2023
3 $18,335 65.78% $35,246 36,000 2024
4 $24,294 54.66% $29,287 48,000 2025
5 $27,182 49.27% $26,399 60,000 2026
6 $30,831 42.46% $22,750 72,000 2027
7 $37,566 29.89% $16,015 84,000 2028
8 $39,125 26.98% $14,456 96,000 2029
9 $41,043 23.40% $12,538 108,000 2030
10 $42,795 20.13% $10,786 120,000 2031

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $9,173 82.88% $44,408
2 $13,401 74.99% $40,180
3 $18,335 65.78% $35,246
4 $24,294 54.66% $29,287
5 $27,182 49.27% $26,399
6 $30,831 42.46% $22,750
7 $37,566 29.89% $16,015
8 $39,125 26.98% $14,456
9 $41,043 23.40% $12,538
10 $42,795 20.13% $10,786

Buying a Mercedes-Benz C-Class New vs Used

If you purchase a used Mercedes-Benz C-Class that is 2 years old, then you could save $13,401 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 $13,781. 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 C-Class models become available.

The Best Model Years to Buy a Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is our top pick for the best model year value for the C-Class. With the 2017, you would only pay, on average, 55% of the price as new, with 67% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2014 and 2018 model years are also attractive years for the C-Class, and provide a relatively good value. Our rankings consider multiple factors, including the C-Class'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 Mercedes-Benz C-Class models.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Historical Depreciation

Year New Price Current Price Maintenance $ Decline % Decline % Paid Value Rating
2021 $53,581 $53,581 $390 $0 0% 100%
2020 $52,600 $44,040 $447 $9,541 17.81% 82.88% Good
2019 $50,638 $38,526 $554 $5,514 12.52% 74.99%
2018 $49,030 $32,968 $716 $5,558 14.43% 65.78% Better
2017 $49,886 $28,089 $823 $4,879 14.8% 54.66% Best
2016 $45,741 $23,577 $1,039 $4,512 16.06% 49.27% Good
2015 $45,110 $20,585 $1,433 $2,992 12.69% 42.46%
2014 $44,551 $14,937 $1,620 $5,648 27.44% 29.89% Better
2013 $44,100 $13,640 $1,744 $1,297 8.68% 26.98%
2012 $44,431 $12,386 $1,991 $1,254 9.19% 23.4%
2011 $43,005 $10,701 $2,045 $1,685 13.6% 20.13%
2010 $43,115 $9,803 $2,341 $898 8.39% 17.31%
2009 $42,910 $9,532 $2,762 $271 2.76% 15.78%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2021 $53,581 100%
2020 $44,040 82.88% Good
2019 $38,526 74.99%
2018 $32,968 65.78% Better
2017 $28,089 54.66% Best
2016 $23,577 49.27% Good
2015 $20,585 42.46%
2014 $14,937 29.89% Better
2013 $13,640 26.98%
2012 $12,386 23.4%
2011 $10,701 20.13%
2010 $9,803 17.31%
2009 $9,532 15.78%

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Depreciation Rankings

Depreciation Rankings

We've ranked over 200 models from best to worst for Depreciation. See where the Mercedes-Benz C-Class ranks for Depreciation compared to other vehicles. Also check out how the C-Class stacks up in our rankings for Maintenance, Insurance and Overall Costs.

Depreciation Rankings

Other Mercedes-Benz C-Class Costs of Ownership

Finding a car or truck that saves on depreciation costs is important. But, it's also imperative to view all major Mercedes-Benz C-Class costs. This will ensure that you are finding the vehicle that provides you the best value, at the lowest cost. We've created tools that will also help you to save on the following ownership expenses: