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Diesel Truck Residual Values Rise With Mileage

May 19, 2016, by Paul Clinton

Photo of 2012 Ford F-250 SuperCrew via Wikimedia.
Photo of 2012 Ford F-250 SuperCrew via Wikimedia.

Diesel-powered pickup trucks sell for more than 30% of their gasoline counterparts after three years of fleet usage and return greater value with higher odometer readings, according to data from ADESA.

A diesel 2012 Ford F-250 would have cost 27% more to purchase, selling for $40,700 to the $32,000 cost of its gasoline counterpart, but in 2016 would sell for $23,600 at auction versus the $17,500 fetched by the gasoline truck, which equates to a 35% spread ($6,100) in value if miles are not a factor.

In this example, the case for diesel improves when mileage increases.

For example, a diesel-powered 2012 F-250 with between 100,000 and 150,000 miles would gain an additional $1,000 in residual value, while the gasoline version would lose $1,000, creating a $2,000 spread.

When the mileage exceeds 150,000, the diesel-powered 2012 F-250 holds steady, while the gasoline truck loses $3,000 in residual value. The diesel truck sells for $23,600 at auction while the gasoline truck sells for $14,000, meaning the diesel truck would return 69% more value than the gasoline truck.

"Because the diesel engine can perform well with greater miles, the return is far greater when the miles hit over 100,000 on the odometer," said Jane Morgan, president of ADESA's specialty sales division. "Performance and pull capacity is critical."

On a gasoline engine, ADESA uses a formula of minus 5 cents per mile over 20,000 miles per year (plus 3 cents per mile if under 15,000 miles per year). For the diesel engine, ADESA uses a formula of minus 4 cents per mile over 45,000 miles per year (plus 0.025 cents per mile if under 35,000 miles per year).


  1. 1. Cliff Downing [ June 06, 2016 @ 04:39AM ]

    And it doesn't account for the lack of satisfaction of diesel emission maintenance issues that the gasser does not have, especially as miles rack up. Many buyers are woefully ignorant of the costs associated with maintaining and replacing diesel EGR's, coolers, SCR components, DPF filters, etc. Those that are are considering gas versions irregardless of what ADESA thinks on the issue. I find it an advantage that gasser versions cost less both as a original owner and as a second owner.

  2. 2. Chuck [ June 08, 2016 @ 04:43AM ]

    Very true. The 100,000 mile warranty on a diesel pickup is not long enough considering they will last for 500,000 (or more) miles.
    OEMs need to have a 250,000 mile warranty on the diesel pickup, especially the new Obama Emissions equipment that's a failure just like him.

  3. 3. Common sense [ July 17, 2017 @ 07:11PM ]

    Obama didn't make the emissions equipment you see in these diesels, the requirements were passed by republicans several administrations ago. Regulations take years to develop and pass. The fact that Obama took office in 2008 which happens to be the same year these trucks have more emission controls is complete chance.


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