BMW 3 Series Depreciation

A BMW 3 Series will depreciate 53% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $20,027.

Once driven off the new car lot, the BMW 3-Series loses value quickly, as do most BMWs. For new purchases, after three years, your 3-Series will be worth about 60% of its original sticker price. However, if you want to let someone else get the new car smell, and you want to save a bunch of money, consider one that is a few years old, and still falls within BMW's "certified pre-owned program", also known as a CPO car. Some good deals can be found here, and given that their looks don't change much, no one will even know that it's not a brand new car.

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 $42,838 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 BMW 3 Series.

BMW 3 Series Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 $7,527 82.43% $35,311 12,000 2022
2 $12,342 71.19% $30,496 24,000 2023
3 $16,244 62.08% $26,594 36,000 2024
4 $17,521 59.10% $25,317 48,000 2025
5 $22,811 46.75% $20,027 60,000 2026
6 $25,908 39.52% $16,930 72,000 2027
7 $27,956 34.74% $14,882 84,000 2028
8 $28,582 33.28% $14,256 96,000 2029
9 $29,969 30.04% $12,869 108,000 2030
10 $32,647 23.79% $10,191 120,000 2031

BMW 3 Series Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $7,527 82.43% $35,311
2 $12,342 71.19% $30,496
3 $16,244 62.08% $26,594
4 $17,521 59.10% $25,317
5 $22,811 46.75% $20,027
6 $25,908 39.52% $16,930
7 $27,956 34.74% $14,882
8 $28,582 33.28% $14,256
9 $29,969 30.04% $12,869
10 $32,647 23.79% $10,191

BMW 3 Series Depreciation Calculator

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If you purchase a used BMW 3 Series that is 2 years old, then you could save $12,342 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 $10,469. 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 3 Series models become available.

The Best Model Years to Buy a BMW 3 Series

The 2018 BMW 3 Series is our top pick for the best model year value for the 3 Series. With the 2018, you would only pay, on average, 62% of the price as new, with 75% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2019 and 2016 model years are also attractive years for the 3 Series, and provide a relatively good value. Our rankings consider multiple factors, including the 3 Series'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 BMW 3 Series models.

BMW 3 Series Historical Depreciation

Year New Price Current Price Maintenance $ Decline % Decline % Paid Value Rating
2021 $42,838 $42,838 $448 $0 0% 100%
2020 $41,964 $35,113 $521 $7,725 18.03% 82.43% Good
2019 $40,216 $29,288 $657 $5,825 16.59% 71.19% Better
2018 $41,673 $26,734 $865 $2,554 8.72% 62.08% Best
2017 $39,467 $24,326 $1,001 $2,408 9.01% 59.1%
2016 $38,779 $19,405 $1,277 $4,921 20.23% 46.75% Better
2015 $38,139 $16,854 $1,782 $2,551 13.15% 39.52% Good
2014 $37,967 $15,210 $2,021 $1,644 9.75% 34.74%
2013 $36,952 $14,476 $2,180 $734 4.83% 33.28%
2012 $36,937 $13,591 $2,495 $885 6.11% 30.04%
2011 $36,240 $11,188 $2,565 $2,403 17.68% 23.79%
2010 $36,489 $10,072 $2,944 $1,116 9.97% 19.53%
2009 $36,464 $9,288 $3,482 $784 7.78% 15.92%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2021 $42,838 100%
2020 $35,113 82.43% Good
2019 $29,288 71.19% Better
2018 $26,734 62.08% Best
2017 $24,326 59.1%
2016 $19,405 46.75% Better
2015 $16,854 39.52% Good
2014 $15,210 34.74%
2013 $14,476 33.28%
2012 $13,591 30.04%
2011 $11,188 23.79%
2010 $10,072 19.53%
2009 $9,288 15.92%

Other BMW 3 Series Costs of Ownership

Finding a car or truck that saves on depreciation costs is important. But, it's also imperative to view all major BMW 3 Series 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: