Purchasing a secondhand automobile rather than a new one has obvious advantages. The most significant difference is the cheaper buying cost.

Vehicles are assets that depreciate over time. While this might be a pain for those who want to acquire the most recent models, it can be a blessing for those who prefer to buy used cars. Buying a used automobile, especially one that is a few years old, may save you a lot of money.

However, people must keep in mind that older automobiles may necessitate more maintenance and repair. The effects of wear and tear are unavoidable. So, when it comes to buying a secondhand automobile, what is the best age?

Depreciation vs. Maintenance


First, keep in mind that depreciation differs between new and used cars for sale.

Used cars degrade far more quickly than new cars. When you drive a new automobile off the lot, it instantly loses 9-11 percent of its value. In a year, the average automobile will have lost 20% of its value. After then, during the next five years, an automobile will lose around 15-25 percent of its present value every year. Depreciation continues after then, although at a lesser pace.

Factors influencing depreciation 

Various types of vehicles degrade at different rates. Because the usual consumer constantly wants the newest model, luxury sports vehicles, for example, have a high rate of depreciation.

The most reliable vehicles degrade the slowest. The Jeep Wrangler, Toyota Tacoma, and Nissan Frontier now offer among of the lowest five-year depreciation estimates available.

Vehicles that have had recalls or are known to be expensive to fix, on the other hand, have a very high depreciation rate. While you may discover a good deal, the expense of regular repairs should be carefully considered when purchasing one of these models.

The ideal spot for used vehicle age

Taking these statistics into consideration, purchasing a car that is 2-3 years old means you are obtaining a relatively new vehicle without having to bear any depreciation costs.

For example, if you wait 2-3 years to buy a car that would have cost you $50,000 new, you may get it for roughly $35,000-$40,000.

If you buy an older vehicle, you may save even more money. An automobile that is five years old has generally lost roughly 60% of its value. So, five years from now, a $30,000 car for example may be yours for roughly $12,000.

Expenses on Maintenance

Even as they age, modern automobiles are very dependable. The average cost of repairs for a five-year-old automobile is around $350, while a ten-year-old car costs slightly under $600 each year. A five-year-old automobile may only have a serious problem once every three years, but a ten-year-old car is more likely to have a problem once every 18 to 20 months.


Buying new and used cars for sale is extremely subjective and is determined by your objectives. Buying a used automobile that is only 2-3 years old saves you a lot of money over buying a new car, plus you receive an almost new car. However, if you’re prepared to forego certain aesthetics and features, a five-year-old vehicle may save you even more money and won’t cost you much more in annual maintenance.