I don't buy a brand new vehicle believing it's a good investment (no one should). They all lose $5-$10,000 in value as soon as you drive off a new car dealers lot. My one gripe with buying a new Chrysler Pacifica is the astronomical depreciation it has versus the competition. Don't get me wrong I love my new 2022 Pacifica & would buy it again. But it really is a wake up call to realize that in only one month after purchase (with only 244 total miles) it's value has dropped $20,000 from its selling price! That's by far the highest depreciation of any new vehicle I've ever purchased in 46 years and a real eye opener for sure. Luckily for me I keep my new vehicles for over 10 years on average but if I had one complaint about the Chrysler Pacifica it has the highest depreciation rate by far of all the minivan competition.
Here is my personal experience with depreciation on the Chrysler Pacifica.
For those who believe that it’s not a good idea to lease a vehicle, I have had a very lucrative experience whereby I leased 4 new vehicles since March, 2022, moved up the MSRP ladder each time, lowered my monthly lease payments each time, all with not a penny out of pocket. All extra costs and fees were rolled up into the lease.
On March 19th, 2022, I traded in my 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited (MSRP $52,225) with 5,176 miles on it (monthly lease payment of $449) on a 2022 Chrysler Pacifica non-hybrid FWD Limited (MSRP $52,767), 24 month/10K yr lease, with a monthly lease payment of $289.
On July 8th, 2022, I traded in my 2022 Chrysler Pacifica non-Hybrid FWD Limited with 1,520 miles on it on a 2022 Chrysler Pacifica non-hybrid AWD Limited (MSRP $55,757), 24 month/10K yr lease, with a monthly lease payment of $256.
On December 10th, 2022, I traded in my 2022 Chrysler Pacifica non-hybrid AWD Limited with 2,443 miles on it on a 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4Xe (MSRP $63,955), 27 month/10K yr lease with a monthly lease payment of $225.
On January 20th, 2023, I traded in my 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4Xe with 635 miles on it on a 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4Xe (MSRP $65,950), 27 month/10K yr lease, with a monthly lease payment of $167. The difference between the two Jeeps is that the latter one has 20” wheels versus 18” wheels on the one I traded in. My discounts included a $2,330 discount from the dealer, $7,500 Bonus Cash from Stellantis (Federal Tax Credit passed down as bonus cash), $2,000 US Bonus Cash from Stellantis, $1,000 Owner Appreciation Month Loyalty Bonus Cash from Stellantis, and $2,000 in additional Bonus Cash. I also got $53,000 on my trade and after paying off the lease, I had a net equity of $9,918. The total discount off of the price of my new Jeep amounted to $24,748. There is no other vehicle out there that I could get that would even come close to that figure. My equivalent interest rate on the lease is 3.72%.
In addition, since the July deal had so much excess equity (received $51,500 trade-in), the dealer had to mail me a check to cover the excess equity. That check was used to pay for my entire monthly lease payments since March, 2022 with enough left over to cover the next 2 monthly payments on my new Jeep.
I “gamed” the system legally.