Edmunds.com Reports Used Car Prices Up 10 Percent over Last Year; Some Used SUVs and Crossovers Cost 30 Percent More


Edmunds.com Reports Used Car Prices Up 10 Percent over Last Year; Some Used SUVs and Crossovers Cost 30 Percent More

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — August 20, 2010 — Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, estimated today that the average price paid in the U.S. for a used three- year-old vehicle in July 2010 was $19,248, up $1,800, or 10.3 percent, from July 2009.

"Consumers are generally paying considerably more for used cars this year compared to 2009," stated Joe Spina, a Senior Analyst for Edmunds.com. "A lack of confidence in the economy is driving more people to used cars, putting upward pricing pressure on a limited supply of vehicles."

The average price of a three-year-old vehicle is down 2.1 percent from June 2010, reflecting a typical seasonal decline, Spina asserts.

"It's a tough time to buy a used car, and it's more important than ever to do your homework before shopping. For example, decide ahead of time how much you are willing to spend and keep yourself to that limit," said Senior Consumer Advice Editor Philip Reed who offers more guidance in his article "10 Steps to Buying a Used Car" at http://www.edmunds.com/advice/buying/articles/78387/article.html.

Consumers who seek pricing information on specific vehicles can check the Used Vehicle True Market Value® at http://www.edmunds.com/tmv.

Of all used vehicles, the following have the most movement in pricing from July of last year (averaging all model years):

Average Used Vehicle True Market Value®
Model July 2010 July 2009 Change
Cadillac Escalade $34,715 $25,600 35.6%
Chevrolet Suburban $27,193 $20,262 34.2%
Dodge Grand Caravan $15,629 $11,661 34.0%
BMW X5 $40,843 $30,711 33.0%
Acura MDX $29,852 $23,109 29.2%

The following chart sets forth average prices by segment:

Average Used Vehicle True Market Value®
Segment July 2010 June 2010 July 2009
Subcompact Car $9,676 $9,784 $9,162
Compact Car $11,021 $11,144 $10,492
Midsize Car $14,090 $14,235 $13,779
Sport Car $16,302 $16,538 $15,395
Premium Sport Car $36,442 $37,354 $32,373
Large Car $14,734 $14,899 $13,953
Luxury Car $23,582 $23,975 $20,326
Premium Luxury Car $31,585 $32,212 $29,112
Compact Truck $16,444 $16,684 $14,272
Large Truck $20,845 $20,989 $19,058
Compact SUV $16,394 $16,571 $14,332
Midsize SUV $18,697 $18,915 $17,335
Large SUV $25,193 $25,856 $18,846
Luxury SUV $30,743 $31,197 $26,623
Minivan $17,318 $17,498 $15,533
Van $13,871 $13,640 $12,190

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