Even the Murano CrossCabriolet isn’t immune to the absurdity of used car prices
Yesterday we published an article on the overheated automotive market and how the lack of inventory made it nearly impossible for potential buyers to get their hands on new vehicles. This is also not a new problem, which is a big part of why used car prices have also gone off the rails. But who could have predicted that the situation would get so bad, that someone could pay more for a convertible crossover than a brand new Subaru BRZ? I certainly didn’t.
Yes, if you go to Autotrader you will find a list for a 2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet it’s priced at $ 35,900. Almost $ 36,000. For a convertible crossover that first went on sale over ten years ago. Considering that Nissan has sold (at most) a few thousand units per year, it’s almost a miracle that the CrossCab has made four model years without being canceled.
To be fair to Nissan, this ad’s price is technically less than the original MSRP, so we’re no longer in one of those weird Bring a Trailer situations. As our own Doug DeMuro was sure of underline in its 2015 review, a high-end Murano convertible cost almost $ 50,000 when new. That’s a lot of money!
And to be fair to the seller, there are very few miles on this particular Murano CrossCab. If it’s parked since it was registered, we’re only talking about 7,152 miles. So the seller isn’t kidding when he says it’s basically brand new. Well, except for the part where the car itself is actually eight years old. And not very good.
You would think that an old poorly overhauled car that few people at the time would be basically free. This owner should beg the other residents of Boca Raton to get rid of him. I could even imagine a scenario where they tried to leave it as a tip for their bartender, which resulted in said bartender chasing them into the parking lot and forcibly returning it to him.
But you know what? This is the used car market these days. The prices are out of control, and it’s plausible that someone could spend over $ 35,000 on a low mileage 2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet.
What a time to live.