Mercedes-Benz S-Class Depreciation

A Mercedes-Benz S-Class will depreciate 55% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $58,725.

Many Mercedes S-class owners want brand new, right out of the box. But, they have to pay for that privilege. If you are comfortable with something that is "somewhat" new, and don't have money to burn, think of getting one that is 4 years old, or older. If you do, you can probably get a $100,000 car around $45,000, that is still in great shape, and without a ton of miles on it. Many new owners lease, so see if you can find yourself something that is coming off of a lease, and scoop it up. It's a high-quality car, but even better at the right price.

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 $131,082 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 S-Class Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 $31,184 76.21% $99,898 13,500 2021
2 $55,946 57.32% $75,136 27,000 2022
3 $65,607 49.95% $65,475 40,500 2023
4 $69,683 46.84% $61,399 54,000 2024
5 $72,357 44.80% $58,725 67,500 2025
6 $80,707 38.43% $50,375 81,000 2026
7 $93,553 28.63% $37,529 94,500 2027
8 $93,776 28.46% $37,306 108,000 2028
9 $97,826 25.37% $33,256 121,500 2029
10 $98,298 25.01% $32,784 135,000 2030
Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $31,184 76.21% $99,898
2 $55,946 57.32% $75,136
3 $65,607 49.95% $65,475
4 $69,683 46.84% $61,399
5 $72,357 44.80% $58,725
6 $80,707 38.43% $50,375
7 $93,553 28.63% $37,529
8 $93,776 28.46% $37,306
9 $97,826 25.37% $33,256
10 $98,298 25.01% $32,784

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If you purchase a used Mercedes-Benz S-Class that is 2 years old, then you could save $55,946 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 $16,411. 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 S-Class models become available.

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

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is our top pick for the best model year value for the S-Class. With the 2018, you would only pay, on average, 57% 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 S-Class, and provide a relatively good value. Our rankings consider multiple factors, including the S-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 S-Class models.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Historical Depreciation

Year New Price Current Price Maintenance $ Decline % Decline % Paid Value Rating
2020 $131,082 $131,082 $283 $0 0% 100%
2019 $128,825 $98,519 $340 $32,563 24.84% 76.21% Good
2018 $126,810 $73,139 $447 $25,380 25.76% 57.32% Best
2017 $126,836 $63,966 $609 $9,173 12.54% 49.95% Better
2016 $119,018 $56,459 $715 $7,507 11.74% 46.84% Better
2015 $106,222 $48,516 $932 $7,943 14.07% 44.8% Good
2014 $100,569 $39,972 $1,326 $8,544 17.61% 38.43%
2013 $99,849 $30,095 $1,513 $9,877 24.71% 28.63%
2012 $90,090 $27,281 $1,637 $2,814 9.35% 28.46%
2011 $89,825 $24,668 $1,883 $2,613 9.58% 25.37%
2010 $86,401 $23,547 $1,938 $1,121 4.54% 25.01%
2009 $85,033 $20,613 $2,234 $2,934 12.46% 21.61%
2008 $84,591 $18,608 $2,654 $2,005 9.73% 18.86%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2020 $131,082 100%
2019 $98,519 76.21% Good
2018 $73,139 57.32% Best
2017 $63,966 49.95% Better
2016 $56,459 46.84% Better
2015 $48,516 44.8% Good
2014 $39,972 38.43%
2013 $30,095 28.63%
2012 $27,281 28.46%
2011 $24,668 25.37%
2010 $23,547 25.01%
2009 $20,613 21.61%
2008 $18,608 18.86%
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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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