Used cars and trucks priced at $20 in 2009 $21.80 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Used cars and trucks

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Prices for Used Cars And Trucks, 2009-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for used cars and trucks were 9% higher in 2018 versus 2009.

Between 2009 and 2018: Used cars and trucks experienced an average inflation rate of 0.96% per year. In other words, used cars and trucks costing $20 in the year 2009 would cost $21.80 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.68% during this same period, inflation for used cars and trucks was lower.

In the year 2009: Pricing changed by -5.21%, significantly below the average yearly change for used cars and trucks during the 2009-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2009 (-0.36%), price inflation for used cars and trucks was much lower.

Price Inflation for Used cars and trucks since 1952

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1981 (23.43%), 1975 (19.52%), and 1982 (15.42%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Used cars and trucks:

Year 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
CPI 28.400 26.731 22.738 21.477 20.685 23.154 24.008 26.808 25.054 26.015 28.385 28.731 29.954 29.777 29.031 29.954 30.717 30.877 31.223 33.008 33.062 35.192 36.692 43.854 50.285 54.738 55.846 60.208 62.315 76.915 88.777 98.723 112.515 113.708 108.785 113.092 117.969 120.431 117.569 118.123 123.169 133.885 141.662 156.454 157.038 151.123 150.608 152.031 155.762 158.700 151.977 142.915 133.323 139.438 139.992 135.747 133.951 126.973 143.128 149.011 150.330 149.887 149.094 147.120 143.488 138.259 138.396

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How to calculate the inflation rate for used cars and trucks, 2009-2018

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2009 * 2009 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Used cars and trucks was 126.973 in the year 2009 and 138.396 in 2018:

138.396 / 126.973 * $20 = $21.80

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2009 has the same "purchasing power" as $21.80 in 2018 (in the category of Used cars and trucks).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Used cars and trucks in 1952. In addition to used cars and trucks, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of other goods and services.

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