Additional findings in the 2019 Cost of Vehicle Ownership Trend Report include:

  • The demand for SUVs has never been higher. Forty-eight percent of all car owners who bought new vehicles in 2018 chose SUVs for their next vehicle.
  • In 2018, the average sale price for a used vehicle increased about 2.9 percent to $16,738. This increase was influenced by a stronger demand for small and midsize cars.
  • Consumers should expect new car prices to increase about two percent in 2019. Higher new vehicle prices are a result of increased production costs for improvements, including more fuel-efficient engines and transmissions and lightweight body materials.
  • The price of all new vehicles could be impacted if the U.S. enacts tariffs on auto parts. Analysts estimate that would add between $4,000 - $6,000 to the price of new vehicles.
  • Vehicle owners should expect a slight decrease in residual vehicle values between 0.5 percent and one percent over the next 12 months.
  • The overall cost to own and operate a vehicle should decrease from 0.6 percent to one percent over the next 12 months.

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