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10 Biggest Used Car Price Drops

As with everything that's for sale, prices can fluctuate. And when it comes to used cars, those prices can fluctuate by a great deal. According to Cars.com, the average price for a late-model used car in February rose slightly -- by $12 -- to $23,249 compared to January.

If you're in the market for a luxury car, you're in luck as the largest price drops were in that area. The Cadillac DTS had the largest price decrease, dropped 3.6% from January. Following closely behind is the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class with a 3.5% price drop, and the Acura TL with a 3.4% decrease.

On the flipside, the Ford F-250, Mercedes-Benz SL-Class and BWM 740i all saw the largest increase in price over January's sales.

If you're considering any of these cars, remember to use TrueCar Pre-Negotiated Prices to find local dealers who are most willing to negotiate on these vehicles.

Biggest Price Drops

VehicleFeb. Avg. PriceDifference from Jan.% Change
Cadillac DTS$27,634-$1,025-3.6%
Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class$59,830-$2,143-3.5%
Acura TL$28,409-$1,011-3.4%
BMW X3$36,160-$1,233-3.3%
Lincoln MKS$28,050-$923-3.2%
Chevrolet Volt$25,811-$803-3%
Ford C-Max Hybrid$23,349-$703-2.9%
BMW 535i$40,327-$1,097-2.6%
Buick Lucerne$19,873-$511-2.5%
Cadillac CTS$31,651-$790-2.4%

Biggest Price Increases

VehicleFeb. Avg. PriceDifference from Jan.% Change
Ford E-250$21,398$6052.9%
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class$80,602$9241.2%
BMW 740i$52,354$6441.2%
Honda Insight$15,294$1771.2%
Toyota Sequoia$42,032$4591.1%
Volkswagen Beetle$18,792$1971.1%
Nissan Titan$26,476$2551%
Hyundai Azera$22,612$2321%
Chevrolet Express 2500$22,612$2321%
Honda Accord Crosstour$21,229$1840.9%

3 Steps Every Car Buyer Needs to Take to Save Maximum Money

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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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