50 Cars That are Plummeting in Value

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#14 – Mercedes S-Class

Class: Full Size Luxury Car
Production: 1972-Present
Starting Price: $89,900+
Depreciation Rate: 20.9%

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Formerly known as “sonderklasse” or “special class” in German, the Mercedes S-Class offers the top of the line in luxury as a full size luxury sedan that boasts the latest in Mercedes-Benz innovations. Complete with the most modern drivetrain technologies, safety systems, and interior features, the S-Class is ranked as the world’s best-selling luxury sedan and has been on the market since 1972. Now produced by Daimler AG, the S-Class is still a classic in the luxury market with prices starting at $89,900.

Compared to other luxury cars on the list, the Mercedes S-Class holds steady at a depreciation rate of 20.9%, which means a car priced at $103,882 brand new is valued at $82,170 after the first year. Over five years, an S-Class owner will spend an average of $122,793 on financing, fuel, maintenance and repairs but, let’s be honest, that’s pocket change for someone who can afford to spend around $100,000 on a car! Needless to say, pre-owned S-Class models offer a great bang for your buck considering the reliable and well-known Mercedes reputation.