Certain high-profile vehicles (often well north of $100k) tend to hold their value very well, and some even become appreciating assets. But what if we told you that this was happening to the humble Toyota RAV4 as well?
According to a recent study from insurance savings company Jerry, certain everyday vehicles have become so popular that people are willing to shell out more money for a used one than a brand new one, simply because there just aren’t enough new ones to go around right now.
The study looked at the top seven vehicles priced higher for used examples than new ones, and the RAV4 led the list, with used 2021 models selling for $5,900 more on average than their brand new 2022 counterparts. Next on the list is the Honda Civic selling for $5,300 more used than new, the Honda CR-V for $3,800 more, the Toyota Camry for $3,200 more, the Nissan Rogue for $3,100 more, the Toyota Highlander for $2,100 more, and the Ford F-150 for just $100 more.
They also looked at a handful of EVs, and what they found was that the Volkswagen ID.4 was selling for $6,300 more on average used than new, while the Tesla Model 3 and Ford Mustang Mach-E were both going for $5,200 more.
On a state-by-state basis, the study found that South Carolina, New York, and New Jersey were the top three to see increases in used car prices over the past year with 17, 16, and 15 percent jumps respectively. Those three were part of 21 U.S. states that saw their prices increase by at least 10 percent.
Thankfully, though, the good news for buyers is that this phenomenon isn’t happening to all cars, and many vehicles on the market are actually beginning to return to a somewhat normal level in terms of pricing.