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I know this is an odd question, but approximately how much (percentage wise) does an average BMW depreciate after 1 year and say 12-15k miles? 2 years and 30k miles?

I just sold my 2001 330i with 43k miles for $17k. I think I paid right around $34k +/- for it new in '01 (it was ED). I don't put too many miles on my cars, and now that I've had my Boxster for a few months, I'm becoming quite fond of the idea of having a 3rd car/convert for fun. But that being said, I do think I'm going to need a 4-door sedan sooner or later, and rather than buying new, I'm wondering how much I might be able to save buying used and letting someone else take the initial hit.

If I could buy a new 535 configured the way I wanted it for $55k or so and could get one a year old for $45k, I'm thinking I'd prolly do it.

I think I read somewhere that BMW's typically retain approximatey 49% of their value after 4 years, but how bout after 1? After 2?

Is there an objective source for this type of info?
 

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I know this is an odd question, but approximately how much (percentage wise) does an average BMW depreciate after 1 year and say 12-15k miles? 2 years and 30k miles?

I just sold my 2001 330i with 43k miles for $17k. I think I paid right around $34k +/- for it new in '01 (it was ED). I don't put too many miles on my cars, and now that I've had my Boxster for a few months, I'm becoming quite fond of the idea of having a 3rd car/convert for fun. But that being said, I do think I'm going to need a 4-door sedan sooner or later, and rather than buying new, I'm wondering how much I might be able to save buying used and letting someone else take the initial hit.

If I could buy a new 535 configured the way I wanted it for $55k or so and could get one a year old for $45k, I'm thinking I'd prolly do it.

I think I read somewhere that BMW's typically retain approximatey 49% of their value after 4 years, but how bout after 1? After 2?

Is there an objective source for this type of info?
Look at the residual table in the ask a dealer section for 24/36/48/60 month info...I'd guess 12 month at 83% or so.

2008 BMW 535i Sedan
24 Month ***8211; Residual 71% of MSRP ***8211; .00250 Base Rate
36 Month ***8211; Residual 60% of MSRP ***8211; .00250 Base Rate
48 Month ***8211; Residual 44% of MSRP ***8211; .00325 Base Rate
60 Month ***8211; Residual 35% of MSRP ***8211; .00325 Base Rate
 

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You would save a lot by buying off lease (3 years old). Still a pretty new car, still some warranty left and about 60% of the price of new or less if you buy from a private party.
 
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