Fall Scholars Week Oral Presentations (All)

Title

An Analysis of Car Ownership Costs: Determining Optimal Three Year Ownership Period

Senior

Major

Applied Mathematics

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Donald Adongo, PhD

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Minimizing loss and maximizing profit is a goal that many Americans try to achieve in their lives, whether running a business or preparing a family budget. This is no different when buying and selling cars. Automobile purchases is a major financial decision. Americans spend on average \$479 on monthly payments on a new automobile. A person would like to know the best time to buy and sell a used car so that he or she can minimize loss. That can be a challenging task. Using data analysis and linear regression models I am hoping to discover the optimum time to sell a used car so that loss is minimized. As an example, the Toyota Camry is a popular mid-sized sedan. I plan on collecting the following data: the values in 2017 of used 2002-2016 Camry's and the values of 2002-2017 Camry's when they were brand new. I have assumed miles driven, color, Camry type, and three year ownership. I then hope to develop a model that in general based on the age of the car, the number of miles driven, and the new car price that the consumer can use to minimize depreciation cost.

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An Analysis of Car Ownership Costs: Determining Optimal Three Year Ownership Period

Minimizing loss and maximizing profit is a goal that many Americans try to achieve in their lives, whether running a business or preparing a family budget. This is no different when buying and selling cars. Automobile purchases is a major financial decision. Americans spend on average \$479 on monthly payments on a new automobile. A person would like to know the best time to buy and sell a used car so that he or she can minimize loss. That can be a challenging task. Using data analysis and linear regression models I am hoping to discover the optimum time to sell a used car so that loss is minimized. As an example, the Toyota Camry is a popular mid-sized sedan. I plan on collecting the following data: the values in 2017 of used 2002-2016 Camry's and the values of 2002-2017 Camry's when they were brand new. I have assumed miles driven, color, Camry type, and three year ownership. I then hope to develop a model that in general based on the age of the car, the number of miles driven, and the new car price that the consumer can use to minimize depreciation cost.