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Thinking of Buying A One-Year Used Honda Civic, HR-V, or CR-V? Read This Before You Do

One-year-old Honda's have a very unusual retained value. Before you buy a one-year used Honda, check out these facts.

Are you currently considering the purchase of a one-year-old Honda Civic, CR-V, or HR-V? Before you pull the trigger on that pre-owned Honda, you may want to take a very careful look at the price comparison to a new model.
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The researchers at have found that Honda vehicles have a surprisingly low one-year depreciation rate. What that means is that a one-year-old Honda, particularly a certified pre-owned model, may not have a meaningful difference in price to a new model of that same trim level. On average, most models depreciate by about 30% in their first year of ownership. However, Honda models, don't.

“Instead of buying a car that’s already been driven for one year, consumers can buy the new version of select vehicles for just a few thousand dollars more to avoid the uncertainties that come with purchasing a used vehicle,” said iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly. “When spread out over the average terms of a car loan about six years at a 4% percent interest rate for example, the increased monthly payment can be as little as $35 per month. This price difference could even be less when you take into account new car incentives that may exist for a given model.”

As this chart from iSeeCars shows, the Honda models we have mentioned have a very small first-year depreciation. So low, that a new car may well be discounted to about that same price point. Given the loss of one of the warranty years, plus the wear and tear on the vehicle, it may not be worth the small discount the used vehicle comes with.

Another popular model, the Pilot three-row crossover from Honda, also has a relatively low depreciation in its first year of about 13%, or about $4500.

One other model not to buy one-year-used is the Subaru Outback. Here's why.