Volkswagen Golf Depreciation

A Volkswagen Golf will depreciate 50% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $13,528.

Volkswagen's Golf has been around since the 70's, and has undergone numerous alterations over the years. With such, the car has a great following, and it has established itself as a reliable compact to last through the ages. While it loses a fair bit of value in the early years, its depreciation later in life is minimal, and provides good value for those wanting a dependable ride that is only a couple years old. Drive a Golf until it has 200,000 miles or more-people do it all the time.

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 $27,083 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 Volkswagen Golf.

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Volkswagen Golf Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 $5,603 79.31% $21,480 12,000 2022
2 $8,458 68.77% $18,625 24,000 2023
3 $10,587 60.91% $16,496 36,000 2024
4 $12,504 53.83% $14,579 48,000 2025
5 $13,555 49.95% $13,528 60,000 2026
6 $15,773 41.76% $11,310 72,000 2027
7 $17,406 35.73% $9,677 84,000 2028
8 $18,351 32.24% $8,732 96,000 2029
9 $19,007 29.82% $8,076 108,000 2030
10 $20,794 23.22% $6,289 120,000 2031

Volkswagen Golf Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $5,603 79.31% $21,480
2 $8,458 68.77% $18,625
3 $10,587 60.91% $16,496
4 $12,504 53.83% $14,579
5 $13,555 49.95% $13,528
6 $15,773 41.76% $11,310
7 $17,406 35.73% $9,677
8 $18,351 32.24% $8,732
9 $19,007 29.82% $8,076
10 $20,794 23.22% $6,289

Buying a Volkswagen Golf New vs Used

If you purchase a used Volkswagen Golf that is 2 years old, then you could save $8,458 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 $5,097. 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 Golf models become available.

Volkswagen Golf Depreciation Rankings

Depreciation Rankings

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