RAM 1500 Depreciation

A RAM 1500 will depreciate 42% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $26,022.

If you check out our "comparisons" tab, you can select the Ram 1500, Ford F-150, and Silverado 1500, and see that the Ram doesn't fare that well when it comes to value retention in the half-ton pick-up market. While the heavier duty Ram 2500 and 3500 fare better, the 1500 just doesn't stack up well against either Ford or Chevy. In fact, the Ram 1500 doesn't even meet an industry average, which is unusual for a pick-up, as vehicles in this segment have held their value quite well over the years.

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 $45,225 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 RAM 1500.

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RAM 1500 Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 $6,797 84.97% $38,428 12,000 2022
2 $9,371 79.28% $35,854 24,000 2023
3 $13,762 69.57% $31,463 36,000 2024
4 $15,476 65.78% $29,749 48,000 2025
5 $19,203 57.54% $26,022 60,000 2026
6 $22,309 50.67% $22,916 72,000 2027
7 $24,236 46.41% $20,989 84,000 2028
8 $26,963 40.38% $18,262 96,000 2029
9 $28,799 36.32% $16,426 108,000 2030
10 $30,690 32.14% $14,535 120,000 2031

RAM 1500 Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $6,797 84.97% $38,428
2 $9,371 79.28% $35,854
3 $13,762 69.57% $31,463
4 $15,476 65.78% $29,749
5 $19,203 57.54% $26,022
6 $22,309 50.67% $22,916
7 $24,236 46.41% $20,989
8 $26,963 40.38% $18,262
9 $28,799 36.32% $16,426
10 $30,690 32.14% $14,535

Buying a RAM 1500 New vs Used

If you purchase a used RAM 1500 that is 2 years old, then you could save $9,371 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 $9,832. 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 1500 models become available.

The Best Model Years to Buy a RAM 1500

The 2020 RAM 1500 is our top pick for the best model year value for the 1500. With the 2020, you would only pay, on average, 85% of the price as new, with 92% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2018 and 2019 model years are also attractive years for the 1500, and provide a relatively good value. Our rankings consider multiple factors, including the 1500'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 RAM 1500 models.

Ram 1500 Historical Depreciation

Year New Price Current Price Maintenance $ Decline % Decline % Paid Value Rating
2021 $45,225 $45,225 $593 $0 0% 100%
2020 $44,555 $38,553 $694 $6,672 14.75% 84.97% Best
2019 $43,216 $35,144 $883 $3,409 8.84% 79.28% Better
2018 $42,100 $30,460 $1,170 $4,684 13.33% 69.57% Better
2017 $42,895 $29,578 $1,360 $882 2.9% 65.78% Good
2016 $42,710 $26,318 $1,743 $3,260 11.02% 57.54% Good
2015 $41,630 $23,537 $2,442 $2,781 10.57% 50.67%
2014 $39,140 $20,938 $2,774 $2,599 11.04% 46.41%
2013 $38,874 $18,690 $2,994 $2,248 10.74% 40.38%
2012 $36,844 $16,813 $3,432 $1,877 10.04% 36.32%
2011 $36,480 $15,250 $3,527 $1,563 9.3% 32.14%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2021 $45,225 100%
2020 $38,553 84.97% Best
2019 $35,144 79.28% Better
2018 $30,460 69.57% Better
2017 $29,578 65.78% Good
2016 $26,318 57.54% Good
2015 $23,537 50.67%
2014 $20,938 46.41%
2013 $18,690 40.38%
2012 $16,813 36.32%
2011 $15,250 32.14%

RAM 1500 Depreciation Rankings

Depreciation Rankings

We've ranked over 200 models from best to worst for Depreciation. See where the RAM 1500 ranks for Depreciation compared to other vehicles. Also check out how the 1500 stacks up in our rankings for Maintenance, Insurance and Overall Costs.

Depreciation Rankings

Other RAM 1500 Costs of Ownership

Finding a car or truck that saves on depreciation costs is important. But, it's also imperative to view all major RAM 1500 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: