Mercedes-Benz C-Class Depreciation

A Mercedes-Benz C-Class will depreciate 53% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $25,387.

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 $9,720 81.86% $43,861 12,000 2022
2 $14,462 73.01% $39,119 24,000 2023
3 $18,850 64.82% $34,731 36,000 2024
4 $25,462 52.48% $28,119 48,000 2025
5 $28,194 47.38% $25,387 60,000 2026
6 $31,248 41.68% $22,333 72,000 2027
7 $38,498 28.15% $15,083 84,000 2028
8 $39,639 26.02% $13,942 96,000 2029
9 $41,713 22.15% $11,868 108,000 2030
10 $42,972 19.80% $10,609 120,000 2031

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $9,720 81.86% $43,861
2 $14,462 73.01% $39,119
3 $18,850 64.82% $34,731
4 $25,462 52.48% $28,119
5 $28,194 47.38% $25,387
6 $31,248 41.68% $22,333
7 $38,498 28.15% $15,083
8 $39,639 26.02% $13,942
9 $41,713 22.15% $11,868
10 $42,972 19.80% $10,609

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 $14,462 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 $13,732. 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.

What About Mercedes-Benz C-Class Insurance Costs?

The average cost to insure a Mercedes-Benz C-Class is about $1,784 per year. This adds up to around $8,920 after 5 years of vehicle ownership. Unlike depreciation, this expense can often be lowered by shopping around for lower insurance premiums. Comparing quotes will ensure that you are not overpaying if you already own a Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Or, if you are just researching, then it would be money-wise to know this cost before buying. Try our Competitive Quote Tool or the form below to get free quotes. Advertising Disclosure

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, 52% of the price as new, with 67% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2014 and 2016 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 $382 $0 0% 100%
2020 $52,600 $43,502 $443 $10,079 18.81% 81.86%
2019 $50,638 $37,513 $541 $5,989 13.77% 73.01% Good
2018 $49,030 $32,479 $697 $5,034 13.42% 64.82% Good
2017 $49,886 $27,009 $827 $5,470 16.84% 52.48% Best
2016 $45,741 $22,705 $1,031 $4,304 15.94% 47.38% Better
2015 $45,110 $20,246 $1,446 $2,459 10.83% 41.68%
2014 $44,551 $14,154 $1,611 $6,092 30.09% 28.15% Better
2013 $44,100 $13,238 $1,764 $916 6.47% 26.02%
2012 $44,431 $11,834 $1,992 $1,404 10.61% 22.15%
2011 $43,005 $10,534 $2,021 $1,300 10.99% 19.8%
2010 $43,115 $9,520 $2,265 $1,014 9.63% 16.83%
2009 $42,910 $9,489 $2,618 $31 0.33% 16.01%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2021 $53,581 100%
2020 $43,502 81.86%
2019 $37,513 73.01% Good
2018 $32,479 64.82% Good
2017 $27,009 52.48% Best
2016 $22,705 47.38% Better
2015 $20,246 41.68%
2014 $14,154 28.15% Better
2013 $13,238 26.02%
2012 $11,834 22.15%
2011 $10,534 19.8%
2010 $9,520 16.83%
2009 $9,489 16.01%

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: