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Used Car Prices Expected to Drop in 2015

Good news for those considering buying a used car this year - vehicle depreciation is expected to speed up in 2015 due to increased used car inventory and other factors, according to a new report from Black Book.

The annual depreciation rate for used vehicles in 2014 was 12.1% and that number is expected to rise as high as 14.5% in 2015.

An article on Cars.com says these depreciation rates may seem high, but in reality the levels are going back to normal following very low depreciation rates of 7.7% in 2011.

The report also takes a look at quarterly and annual depreciation by vehicle segment. For instance, luxury cars had the highest depreciation at 18.1%, while some vehicles -- such as full size van wagons -- actually appreciated by 3.5%. Below is a copy of the 2014 Depreciation Rates by Segment chart from the Black Book report.

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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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