Volkswagen Golf Depreciation

A Volkswagen Golf will depreciate 54% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $12,409.

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 $6,346 76.57% $20,737 12,000 2022
2 $9,712 64.14% $17,371 24,000 2023
3 $11,394 57.93% $15,689 36,000 2024
4 $13,040 51.85% $14,043 48,000 2025
5 $14,674 45.82% $12,409 60,000 2026
6 $16,797 37.98% $10,286 72,000 2027
7 $18,230 32.69% $8,853 84,000 2028
8 $19,429 28.26% $7,654 96,000 2029
9 $19,700 27.26% $7,383 108,000 2030
10 $20,859 22.98% $6,224 120,000 2031

Volkswagen Golf Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $6,346 76.57% $20,737
2 $9,712 64.14% $17,371
3 $11,394 57.93% $15,689
4 $13,040 51.85% $14,043
5 $14,674 45.82% $12,409
6 $16,797 37.98% $10,286
7 $18,230 32.69% $8,853
8 $19,429 28.26% $7,654
9 $19,700 27.26% $7,383
10 $20,859 22.98% $6,224

Buying a Volkswagen Golf New vs Used

If you purchase a used Volkswagen Golf that is 2 years old, then you could save $9,712 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 $4,962. 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.

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