Mercedes-Benz C-Class Depreciation

A Mercedes-Benz C-Class will depreciate 56% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $22,944.

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 13,500 miles per, and assumes a purchase price of $52,600 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.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 $12,934 75.41% $39,666 13,500 2021
2 $17,558 66.62% $35,042 27,000 2022
3 $23,323 55.66% $29,277 40,500 2023
4 $26,579 49.47% $26,021 54,000 2024
5 $29,656 43.62% $22,944 67,500 2025
6 $36,136 31.30% $16,464 81,000 2026
7 $38,124 27.52% $14,476 94,500 2027
8 $40,002 23.95% $12,598 108,000 2028
9 $41,922 20.30% $10,678 121,500 2029
10 $43,085 18.09% $9,515 135,000 2030
Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $12,934 75.41% $39,666
2 $17,558 66.62% $35,042
3 $23,323 55.66% $29,277
4 $26,579 49.47% $26,021
5 $29,656 43.62% $22,944
6 $36,136 31.30% $16,464
7 $38,124 27.52% $14,476
8 $40,002 23.95% $12,598
9 $41,922 20.30% $10,678
10 $43,085 18.09% $9,515

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If you purchase a used Mercedes-Benz C-Class that is 2 years old, then you could save $17,558 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 $12,098. 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, 56% of the price as new, with 75% 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
2020 $52,600 $52,600 $283 $0 0% 100%
2019 $50,638 $38,525 $340 $14,075 26.76% 75.41% Good
2018 $49,030 $33,109 $447 $5,416 14.06% 66.62% Good
2017 $49,886 $28,376 $609 $4,733 14.3% 55.66% Best
2016 $45,741 $23,341 $715 $5,035 17.74% 49.47% Better
2015 $45,110 $20,607 $932 $2,734 11.71% 43.62%
2014 $44,551 $15,271 $1,326 $5,336 25.89% 31.3% Better
2013 $44,100 $13,649 $1,513 $1,622 10.62% 27.52%
2012 $44,431 $12,280 $1,637 $1,369 10.03% 23.95%
2011 $43,005 $10,615 $1,883 $1,665 13.56% 20.3%
2010 $43,115 $9,739 $1,938 $876 8.25% 18.09%
2009 $42,910 $9,755 $2,234 +$16 -0.16% 17.53%
2008 $41,206 $8,256 $2,654 $1,499 15.37% 13.6%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2020 $52,600 100%
2019 $38,525 75.41% Good
2018 $33,109 66.62% Good
2017 $28,376 55.66% Best
2016 $23,341 49.47% Better
2015 $20,607 43.62%
2014 $15,271 31.3% Better
2013 $13,649 27.52%
2012 $12,280 23.95%
2011 $10,615 20.3%
2010 $9,739 18.09%
2009 $9,755 17.53%
2008 $8,256 13.6%
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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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