While that may be true the new car will to. The difference is the new car, on average, takes ~20% of the depreciation in yr 1 with ~10% the minute you drive it off the lot. Yrs 2-5 are closer to 9-10% annually. I'm pulling these #'s from Edmunds and Carfax articles BTW.Except that the used car will depreciate 10 more grand in a couple more years.
It's that immediate depreciation straight away the minute you drive off dealer lot that kills me, but I get hung up on the #'s when I understand a lot of people don't give a shit. Different priorities for everyone. Anyways, that's the reason I targeted a '16 when I bought earlier this year and took my time to find a private party (vs dealer CPO for more $) example that was well taken care of.