BMW Depreciation Rates

The BMW 7 Series has the highest depreciation rate of any new car, but not all BMWs lose value quickly.
Written by R.E. Fulton
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
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On average, a new BMW will lose approximately 23.75% of its original value in the first year of ownership. Five-year depreciation rates for the most popular BMW models average over 50%—well above the average for new vehicles.  
All vehicles lose value over time—but some lose it faster than others. If you’re in the market for a used BMW—or hoping to sell your own—knowing about each model’s depreciation rate can help you get the best deal possible. It’s also helpful for keeping track of loan payments and interest, and it can be a good indicator of overall vehicle reliability. But depreciation is one of the hidden costs of car ownership: car buyers don’t usually factor it into their budget on top of the sticker price.
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Do BMWs hold their value?

BMWs are beloved for their driving dynamics—but not their steep depreciation rates. According to U.S. News and World Report, the BMW 7 Series sedan has the highest new car depreciation rate, losing up to 72.6% of its value in just five years. 
Other fast-depreciating BMW models include the i3 electric hatchback, which depreciates by an estimated 70.9% in five years according to Forbes, and the 5 Series sedan, which can lose around 69% of its value by the five-year mark. 
On the other hand, not all BMWs depreciate so rapidly. Take the 2 Series coupe and the X1 crossover, which lose just 47% and 48% of their value, respectively, in the first five years. That’s still above the expected rate for the average vehicle, but it’s not bad for luxury cars. 

What does “depreciation” mean? 

You’ve probably heard someone say that your car loses value the minute you drive it away from the dealership. Depreciation represents the difference between what you paid for your car and the value it has left. It can be calculated based on: 
  • Purchase price
  • Mileage
  • Ownership history
  • Condition
The average five-year depreciation rate for new vehicles is approximately 40%, with close to 20% of that value lost in the first year alone. But there aren’t any hard and fast rules for calculating depreciation, which is why you’ll see slightly different estimates—even for the same model. If your car is in an accident, if you don’t keep up with
regular maintenance
, or if you simply use it a lot, it will depreciate faster. A car with a high reputation—like, say, a Bimmer—will also lose value more quickly than a car that had less cachet to begin with.  
Depreciation is one of the most overlooked parts of the true cost of car ownership. Along with insurance, maintenance costs, and repair costs, depreciation makes up a big percentage of the price of car ownership. It’s also important to keep an eye on if you’re in the market for a used car

Do BMWs depreciate faster than other luxury vehicles? 

Unfortunately, yes. While luxury sedans, SUVs, and sports cars tend to depreciate faster, on average, than your average
Honda
or
Toyota
, BMW is particularly notorious for its cars’ fast-dropping resale values. 
However, some other high-end cars have depreciation rates close to BMW’s. The
Audi A6
and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, for instance, both lose about 69% of their value in five years. It’s not just luxury cars, either: the famously affordable
Nissan Leaf
electric car has an average depreciation rate of just over 70% in five years. 
At the other end of the spectrum, you’ll find the lowest depreciation rates among rugged SUVs and trucks like the
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
and the
Toyota Tacoma
and
Tundra
. But the Porsche 911 also has surprisingly low depreciation rates for a sports car, losing just 12.8% of its value over five years! 

BMW depreciation rates

The tables below show average one-year, three-year, and five-year depreciation rates for the current most popular BMW models, based on data from Edmunds. 
Keep in mind that all these numbers are estimates based on 15,000 miles of use per year and assuming a regular maintenance schedule is followed. The residual value shown for each model is based on the purchase price shown in the top row of each table (estimated for the 2022 base model). The actual resale value of your vehicle will vary based on model year, MSRP, trim level, options, and condition

BMW 2 Series depreciation

Years old
Depreciation rate
Residual value
0
0%
$46,383
1
21.39%
$36,462
3
34.81%
$30,237
5
47.50%
$24,351
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BMW 3 Series depreciation 

Years old 
Depreciation rate
Residual value
0
0%
$50,153
1
21.85%
$39,195
3
38.45%
$30,869 
5
54.13%
$23,005

BMW 4 Series depreciation

Years old 
Depreciation rate
Residual value
0
0%
$55,041
1
22.51%
$42,651
3
38.52% 
$33,839
5
53.65%
$25,512

BMW 5 Series depreciation

Years old 
Depreciation rate
Residual value
0
0%
$61,881
1
26.66%
$45,384
3
41.33%
$36,306
5
55.28%
$27,673

BMW 7 Series depreciation

Years old 
Depreciation rate
Residual value
0
0%
$99,666
1
28.53%
$71,231
3
45.84%
$53,979
5
62.19%
$37,684

BMW X1 depreciation

Years old 
Depreciation rate
Residual value
0
0%
$44,766 
1
24.66%
$33,129
3
37.18%
$27,747
5
48.68%
$22,664 

BMW X2 depreciation

Years old 
Depreciation rate
Residual value
0
0%
$43,604
1
23.65%
$33,294
3
37.09%
$27,433
5
49.78%
$21,897
 

BMW X3 depreciation

Years old 
Depreciation rate
Residual value
0
0%
$52,293
1
23.07%
$40,225 
3
38.60%
$32,108
5
53.25%
$24,447

BMW X5 depreciation

Years old 
Depreciation rate
Residual value
0
0%
$73,534
1
21.50%
$57,728
3
39.23%
$44,686
5
55.98%
$32,369

How to find out how much your BMW has depreciated

Knowing your car’s depreciation rate can help if you’re trying to calculate the difference between your outstanding loan balance and your car’s worth, or if you’re trying to decide how much insurance coverage to buy.  
To estimate your vehicle’s rate of depreciation, just look up the fair market value and subtract it from your original purchase price. The remainder is the amount of value your vehicle’s lost in the time you’ve owned it. You can determine your car’s value using estimates from experts like Kelley Blue Book and Edmunds, or go to an expert to have it evaluated. 
MORE: BMW car-buying guide 

How to limit BMW depreciation

Looking at the numbers above, you might start getting depressed: if BMWs lose value so quickly, what’s the point of buying one? 
It’s the same as it was before—style, cachet, and the sheer joy of driving a well-engineering luxury vehicle. But alongside those incentives, you can limit the amount of value your BMW loses through smart car care. 
  • Storage: Rain, wind, snow, and hail all hit the fast-forward button on depreciation. A garage or covered parking spot can help your BMW retain its value. 
  • Mileage: Remember that those estimates above are based on vehicles driven about 15,000 miles per year. If you drive less than that, your BMW will depreciate slower. Another reason to invest in that bike! 
  • Maintenance: Sticking to your Bimmer’s recommended maintenance schedule will help to slow depreciation. And we’re not just talking
    oil changes
    and tire rotation! Regular cleaning and waxing can also help your car hold its value. 
  • Color: Believe it or not, some car colors hold their value better than others. If you’re in the market for a BMW, go with grayscale: white, black, and silver cars tend to maintain higher resale value. 
MORE: The best colors to ever grace a BMW

Why you should buy gap insurance for your BMW

Because BMWs lose their value so fast,
gap insurance
is an especially important investment for BMW owners
During the early stages of an auto loan, you’re likely to owe more on your loan than your car is worth. That’s because new cars depreciate quickly, while your loan gets paid off at a steadier rate. Gap insurance stands for “Guaranteed Asset Protection,” and it covers the difference between what you owe on your auto loan and the
actual cash value (ACV) payout
(minus your collision deductible) from your insurance company if you total your financed car.
Most car insurance companies pay up to the ACV of your car if it is totalled. How do they come up with this number? Here is another example of how important depreciation is! The equation for ACV is your vehicle’s replacement cost minus depreciation
Gap insurance doesn’t just cover accidents—it can also kick in if your BMW is stolen or totalled by a different covered peril such as hail or flood if you have
comprehensive coverage
. However, you will still be responsible for your
collision or comprehensive deductible
if applicable. 

How to save on BMW insurance

If you feel like calculating the cost of BMW ownership just got a lot more complicated, don’t worry.
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