Cars priced at $15,000 in 1961 $48,245.05 in 2022

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Prices for Cars, 1961-2022 ($15,000)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for new cars are 221.63% higher in 2022 versus 1961 (a $33,245.05 difference in value).

Between 1961 and 2022: Cars experienced an average inflation rate of 1.93% per year. In other words, cars costing $15,000 in the year 1961 would cost $48,245.05 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.79% during this same period, inflation for cars was lower.

In the year 1961: Pricing changed by -0.01%, which is below the average yearly change for cars during the 1961-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1961 (1.07%), inflation for cars was lower.

Price Inflation for New cars since 1935

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1947 (49.78%), 2022 (9.01%), and 1948 (8.97%).

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Buying power of $15,000.00 since 1961

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Cars, over time, for $15,000 beginning in 1961. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1961$15,000.00-0.01%
1962$14,943.99-0.37%
1963$14,849.89-0.63%
1964$14,818.52-0.21%
1965$14,482.45-2.27%
1966$14,215.83-1.84%
1967$14,348.020.93%
1968$14,753.552.83%
1969$14,991.041.61%
1970$15,445.863.03%
1971$16,079.914.11%
1972$15,941.00-0.86%
1973$15,949.960.06%
1974$16,873.045.79%
1975$18,320.398.58%
1976$19,480.966.33%
1977$20,511.585.29%
1978$22,079.917.65%
1979$23,831.967.94%
1980$25,738.618.00%
1981$27,306.956.09%
1982$28,357.733.85%
1983$29,090.372.58%
1984$29,928.302.88%
1985$30,887.233.20%
1986$32,218.074.31%
1987$33,371.923.58%
1988$34,035.101.99%
1989$34,729.652.04%
1990$35,233.761.45%
1991$36,501.873.60%
1992$37,386.862.42%
1993$38,298.732.44%
1994$39,607.173.42%
1995$40,489.922.23%
1996$41,193.431.74%
1997$41,265.120.17%
1998$40,980.58-0.69%
1999$40,646.75-0.81%
2000$40,646.750.00%
2001$40,463.03-0.45%
2002$39,985.81-1.18%
2003$39,228.53-1.89%
2004$39,011.20-0.55%
2005$39,385.360.96%
2006$39,734.880.89%
2007$39,572.33-0.41%
2008$39,437.09-0.34%
2009$39,811.030.95%
2010$40,221.641.03%
2011$41,425.052.99%
2012$41,993.551.37%
2013$42,210.690.52%
2014$42,078.35-0.31%
2015$42,056.95-0.05%
2016$41,851.52-0.49%
2017$41,551.19-0.72%
2018$41,349.88-0.48%
2019$41,592.280.59%
2020$41,928.690.81%
2021$44,259.485.56%
2022$48,245.059.01%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

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

Year1935193619371938193919401941194219431944194519461947194819491950195119521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI20.30020.40020.80021.80021.30021.30023.00023.00023.00023.00023.00023.00034.45037.54040.90041.12043.32046.90047.19246.45444.82346.06248.46950.03152.19251.50851.50051.30850.98550.87749.72348.80849.26250.65451.46953.03155.20854.73154.76257.93162.90066.88570.42375.80881.82388.36993.75497.36299.877102.754106.046110.615114.577116.854119.238120.969125.323128.362131.492135.985139.015141.431141.677140.700139.554139.554138.923137.285134.685133.938135.223136.423135.865135.401136.685138.094142.226144.178144.923144.469144.396143.690142.659141.968142.800143.955151.958165.641

Adjust cars prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1961 * 1961 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for New cars was 51.500 in the year 1961 and 165.641 in 2022:

165.641 / 51.500 * $15,000 = $48,245.05

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $15,000 in 1961 has the same "purchasing power" as $48,245.05 in 2022 (in the CPI category of New cars).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for New cars in 1935. In addition to cars, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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