Car Market Mayhem: Navigating the Downfall of Used Car Values

by AutoExpert   |  18 March, 2024

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Cars cost a fortune, dealers are out for blood, and this whole used car market rollercoaster? It's not helping. See, tons of people took out huge loans during the lockdowns, thinking they'd trade in that clunker for top dollar later. Now? Those used car prices are tanking, and folks are realizing they owe WAY more than their trade is worth.

This report from Edmunds (those car pricing nerds) lays it bare. Apparently, it's totally normal now. It's like the hangover after the pandemic car price party. Used cars are finally becoming less insanely priced, which means your trade-in is suddenly worth a lot less.

Used Car Values

Edmunds even said this was coming, basically calling it "negative equity" on steroids. Remember how dealers were so desperate for used cars they'd overpay for anything? Forget it. They're back to being stingy, especially if your trade-in's newer.

Okay, So It Sucks For New Car Buyers, But Good For Us Cheapskates, Right?

Not so fast. Edmunds throws us a bone, saying there might be some decent deals... if you're into dropping $55k plus on a slightly used luxury SUV. For the rest of us hunting for something that won't break the bank? Forget it. Good older cars are still rare, dealers still know it, and we're the ones getting hosed.

Used Car Values

Bottom line: the car market's still messed up. Unless you're loaded or need a specific car right now, it might be time to channel your inner granny and drive that old thing into the ground.

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