When shopping for used station wagons, it is useful to know how much to expect to pay for a particular make and model. There are usually several factors that will determine the price of any used vehicle, and station wagons are no exception. For instance, a used station wagon’s mileage, overall condition and included options will directly affect the selling price of the vehicle.
Depreciation—Not All Cars Are the SameAll vehicles are affected by depreciation; for the most part, vehicles depreciate about 10% to 20% within the first year of purchase. However, with station wagons, depreciation can occur at a faster rate. Many people associate station wagons with soccer moms and kids. People envision station wagons filled with children and all of the consequences that involves. Therefore people may not be as willing to pay as much for a used station wagon as they would other types of used vehicles.In fact, it is not uncommon for station wagons to depreciate by as much as 20% to 30% within 1 year of purchase. Therefore, if you are searching for a station wagon that was real originally priced at $20,000—when it was new—then you could reasonably expect to pay between about $14,000 and $16,000 for a 1-year-old station wagon. That is, if it falls within normal and accepted guidelines for mileage, condition and wear and tear. Following the initial, faster rate of depreciation in the first year, most station wagons follow average used-car depreciation patterns and depreciate at the rate of about 10% per year. Therefore, if you are considering a two-year-old station wagon, then you might expect to pay in the ballpark of $12,500 to $14,500. This type of calculation will never be exact; however, it can help you get a general idea for pricing on used station wagons.However, just as with any other type of vehicle, some make and model station wagons depreciate at much faster or slower rates. Therefore, you should use online car value calculators such as Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds to find out the most recent pricing information for a specific station wagon.