You’ve probably heard over the years a number of tips or myths regarding the value of your car. They might involve how quickly a new vehicle depreciates, for instance, or the biggest factor that influences the value of your used vehicle. But are they true, especially this year because of new pandemic-related market trends? Edmunds’ experts analyzed the most popular car value myths to find the truth behind them.
MYTH: NEW CARS LOSE 20% THE MOMENT THEY DRIVE OFF THE LOT
True. “The first hit on the car is basically immediate,” said Richard Arca, director of vehicle valuations and analytics for Edmunds.
If you traded in your vehicle within a week or so, you’re losing the sales tax and fees you paid on the car — about 11%. Plus, the dealership will offer you less since the car is no longer new and it needs to make a profit on