Mercedes-Benz C-Class Depreciation

A Mercedes-Benz C-Class will depreciate 39% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $40,416.

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 $65,931 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 $14,973 77.29% $50,958 12,000 2022
2 $16,483 75.00% $49,448 24,000 2023
3 $17,801 73.00% $48,130 36,000 2024
4 $18,850 71.41% $47,081 48,000 2025
5 $25,515 61.30% $40,416 60,000 2026
6 $29,438 55.35% $36,493 72,000 2027
7 $34,152 48.20% $31,779 84,000 2028
8 $42,598 35.39% $23,333 96,000 2029
9 $45,776 30.57% $20,155 108,000 2030
10 $47,899 27.35% $18,032 120,000 2031

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $14,973 77.29% $50,958
2 $16,483 75.00% $49,448
3 $17,801 73.00% $48,130
4 $18,850 71.41% $47,081
5 $25,515 61.30% $40,416
6 $29,438 55.35% $36,493
7 $34,152 48.20% $31,779
8 $42,598 35.39% $23,333
9 $45,776 30.57% $20,155
10 $47,899 27.35% $18,032

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 $16,483 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 $9,032. 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 $1,949 per year. This adds up to around $9,745 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 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is our top pick for the best model year value for the C-Class. With the 2021, you would only pay, on average, 77% of the price as new, with 92% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2014 and 2017 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
2022 $65,931 $65,931 $406 $0 0% 100%
2021 $65,858 $51,370 $468 $14,561 22.09% 77.29% Best
2020 $52,600 $39,450 $566 $11,920 23.2% 75% Good
2019 $50,638 $36,966 $722 $2,484 6.3% 73%
2018 $49,030 $35,865 $852 $1,101 2.98% 71.41% Good
2017 $49,886 $31,636 $1,056 $4,229 11.79% 61.3% Better
2016 $45,741 $26,789 $1,471 $4,847 15.32% 55.35%
2015 $45,110 $23,380 $1,636 $3,409 12.73% 48.2%
2014 $44,551 $17,554 $1,789 $5,826 24.92% 35.39% Better
2013 $44,100 $15,498 $2,017 $2,056 11.71% 30.57%
2012 $44,431 $14,199 $2,046 $1,299 8.38% 27.35%
2011 $43,005 $11,992 $2,290 $2,207 15.54% 22.56%
2010 $43,115 $11,447 $2,643 $545 4.54% 20.42%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2022 $65,931 100%
2021 $51,370 77.29% Best
2020 $39,450 75% Good
2019 $36,966 73%
2018 $35,865 71.41% Good
2017 $31,636 61.3% Better
2016 $26,789 55.35%
2015 $23,380 48.2%
2014 $17,554 35.39% Better
2013 $15,498 30.57%
2012 $14,199 27.35%
2011 $11,992 22.56%
2010 $11,447 20.42%

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: