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Used Ford Raptors Are Still Really Expensive

I remember, when the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor first came out way back in 2010, thinking to myself: "I can’t wait until that thing is 5 years old so I can afford to buy one used." Well, I was wrong. It’s been 5 years, and I still can’t afford to buy one used. See the used Ford F-150 models for sale near you

I discovered this the other day when I was sitting on my couch at 2 a.m. eating Doritos and browsing used-car listings, which is when all my good ideas come to me. I’m serious. You know that whole CarMax Range Rover thing? I discovered that one night at 2 a.m. I had trouble sleeping that night.

Anyway, back to discussing Ford Raptors. As many of you know, the model is Ford’s high-performance, off-roader, ultra-cool, flared-fender pickup that looks like it should be entered in some race where they tell you the location of the starting line and the finish line and the only thing you know about what’s in between is that it’s filled with coyotes. Back when it came out in 2010, the Raptor started at $39,300, though many easily crested $40,000 with options. So 6 years later, that means it’d probably be worth … what? $15,000? $20,000? Maybe $25,000?

The actual average asking price of a 2010 F-150 Raptor on Autotrader: $34,000.

In other words, most of these things haven’t even lost 20 percent of their value in 6 years of driving! And the Ford Raptors that cost $34,000 aren’t exactly low-mile cream puffs only driven in the occasional wild, limitless desert race. A $34,000 Raptor usually has somewhere between 65,000 and 80,000 miles on it, which means a lot of Raptor owners drove a brand-new, full-size pickup truck for 6 years and 70,000 miles and only lost eight grand in the process.

Let’s compare that to another 2010 Ford: the Fusion. The average price of a used 2010 Fusion on Autotrader is around $10,100, while the average asking price for a new model in 2010 was closer to $25,000 with shipping. In other words, the average 2010 Fusion has lost roughly 60 percent of its value in 6 years, while the average 2010 Raptor has lost something like 18 percent. This is because the Fusion is normal.

The result: The next time I’m sitting on the couch at 2 a.m. eating Doritos and browsing used-car listings and I run across a 2010 Raptor, I’m going to think to myself: "I can’t wait until that thing is 5 years older so I can afford to buy one." Find a used Ford F-150 for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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  1. Not true for Raptors anymore. Ford came out with a 2018 model, and if you paid $63k for a 2017, you’ll be lucky to get $45k for it. Do yourself a favor and either buy a Tacoma, or if you need to tow anything, get a F-350 or a Ram 3500. Avoid the Raptor.

  2. I purchased a new F150 in 2011, and really wanted the Raptor but could not justify the price difference and lack of discounts. What I didn’t realize then, that you’ve helpfully pointed out, is that the Raptor depreciation curve is vastly different. Here’s my example: 2011 Ford F150 SCREW 4×4 sticker was $44k, paid $33k, in 2016 now worth $22k. Raptor SCREW was $48k, now worth…..$42k. Crazy. Also, crazy that SCREW is short for “SuperCrew”, which is why I bought a SCREW.

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