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10 Biggest Used Car Price Drops

As with everything that's for sale, prices can fluctuate - sometimes they go up, while other times they go down.
According to Cars.com, late-model used car prices declined for the sixth straight month in December, dropping to the lowest average price since February 2012.

On the list of the top 10 price drops are the Chrysler 200 (7% drop), Volkswagen Passat (6% drop), and Dodge Charger (5% drop). On the flipside, there's also some late-model used cars that have gone up in price, such as the Buick LaCrosse (up 7%) and Jeep Wrangler (up 2%).Below is a look at the top 10 used cars with price increases and decreases.

Top 10 Biggest Price Drops

VehicleDec. 1 Average PriceDifference from Nov. 1% Change
Pontiac G8$22,456-$1,592-7%
Chrysler 200$17,384-$1,312-7%
Mitsubishi Endeavor$17,370-$1,299-7%
Dodge Dakota$19,028-$1,272-6%
Volkswagen Passat$17,569-$1,133-6%
Ford Fiesta$14,025-$870-6%
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class$47,492-$2,544-5%
BMW 328i$28,485-$1,636-5%
Dodge Charger$19,657-$1,029-5%
Ford E-350 Super Duty$18,616-$950-5%

Top 10 Biggest Price Increases

VehicleDec. 1 Average PriceDifference from Nov. 1% Change
Buick LaCrosse$23,226$1,6167%
Mitsubishi Galant$14,787$9287%
Scion xB$14,921$5424%
Porsche 911$89,285$2,5693%
Hyundai Tucson$19,440$5013%
Infiniti QX56$41,893$8982%
Toyota FJ Cruiser$26,825$5832%
Jeep Wrangler$24,583$5582%
Scion tC$15,740$3722%
Toyota Yaris$11,912$2532%

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Gregg Fidan Gregg Fidan is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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