Tuesday, August 18, 2009

New Car Prices Have Been Falling for 13 Years

Using BLS price data, the chart above shows the CPI for all items vs. the CPI for new cars from January 1953 to July 2009, both series are equal to 100 in January 1953. Over this period, general inflation for all prices has averaged 3.78% per year, compared to new car prices, which have increased by less than 2% annually. If new car prices had increased since 1953 at the same rate as prices in general over that period, new car prices today would be more than 2.5 times their current prices.

The chart below focuses on the period from July 1996 to July 2009, which is a period during which the CPI for new cars has actually fallen by .22% per year, compared to prices in general, which have increased by 2.43% annually over the last 13 years.

Bottom Line: New car prices have actually been falling over the last 13 years, and new cars are more affordable today than ever before.

Originally posted at Carpe Diem.


At 8/18/2009 11:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This isn't exactly news to anyone who follows cars.

On top of those numbers, the quality and performance you get today is simply staggering. For about $30k, you can buy a car that has over 300 bhp, goes 0-60 in under 5 seconds, starts every time, and can fly around a racetrack in Las Vegas all day and drive all the way back to Los Angeles without cooling it down, on one tank of gas.

Talk about a bargain.

At 8/18/2009 11:40 AM, Blogger Angie said...

I just wonder if Mr Perry is trying to talk Mrs Perry into buying a new car?

At 8/18/2009 12:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 8/18/2009 5:09 PM, Anonymous Benny The Real Libertarian said...

We are on the cusp of a global, protracted, economic boom. All manufactured goods will become cheaper and better. Asian economies are already growing nicely again.
Most likely, th consumers of tomorrow will be able to drive PHEV or other battery cars that are truly competitive.


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