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Nine cars that will hold their value

Shopping for a new set of wheels? Chances are that one of the last things you’ll be thinking about is what’ll happen when you want to sell that car a few years down the line…

It’s a universal truth that all cars begin to lose their value the moment they’re driven off the forecourt. So, along with running costs, performance and practicality, depreciation is a factor you should consider carefully when decided which one to buy next.

Some clever cars do a much better job of holding their value than others. And, although they’re sometimes more expensive to buy upfront, these cars have the potential to offer their owners much better value overall.

Used car experts CAP recently put together a list of the most depreciation-proof cars on the market – in no particular order, here are just a few of our favourites.

Fiat 500C 2012 Overhead FrontSeatDriver.co.ukFiat 500C

Plump for an open top version of this stylish supermini and it’ll pay dividends further down the line… On average, the Fiat 500C holds 58.4 per cent of its value during the first three years.
Toyota Urban Cruiser 2012 Front FrontSeatDriver.co.ukToyota Urban Cruiser

Although its distinctive looks might not be for everyone, the Toyota Urban Cruiser’s got plenty to offer car owners; this thrifty hatchback manages to retain 55.5 per cent of its value during those vital first three years.
Volkswagen Scirocco 2014 Front FrontSeatDriver.co.ukVolkswagen Scirocco

Choose the diesel version of this affordable but sleek car for impressively small depreciation figures. After three years, you’re looking at a very manageable dip in value of just over 40 per cent.
Audi Q5 2012 Front FrontSeatDriver.co.ukAudi Q5

In the market for a high performance, well-equipped and spacious 4×4? You could do worse than the Audi Q5, which is still worth 72.5 per cent of the original purchase price after three years or 30,000 miles on the road.
Skoda Yeti Outdoor 2014 Front Phil Huff FrontSeatDriver.co.ukSkoda Yeti

With versatile seating and responsive steering, the Skoda Yeti is both family and pocket-friendly thanks to its slow depreciation rate; it keeps a firm hold of 65.4 per cent of its market value over the course of the first three years of ownership.
Suzuki Jimny 2013 FrontSeatDriver.co.ukSuzuki Jimny

Sometimes it pays to venture off the beaten track and choose a manufacturer – and a car – that’s a bit less well-known… This small off-roader loses just 42.1 per cent of its value over the course of the first three years of life.
Honda CR-V 2013 Profile Phil Huff FrontSeatDriver.co.ukHonda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is really popular with used car buyers, hence the low depreciation point of a 54.6 per cent loss in value over the course of three years.
Porsche Panamera Diesel 2013 Low Front Phil Huff FrontSeatDriver.co.ukPorsche Panamera

If you want to splash some cash on a high-end, high-speed luxury model, then the Porsche Panamera is the way to go. If it comes time for you to part ways within three years, you’ll find it’s held on to around 56.9 per cent of its value.
Audi A3 2013 FrontSeatDriver.co.ukAudi A3

Audi’s have a well-earned reputation for excellence and impressive power. This high-spec hatchback is a real winner, losing less than 45 per cent of its value in the first 30,000 miles.

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Scott Peel, handover executive at The Car Buying Service.

The Car Buying Service will give you an honest, fair price for your car that we stick to, helping you sell your car with confidence.

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1 Comment

  1. Heya!

    I’m Helen, and I’m buying a used Audi A3 for the first time, my first Audi I mean! It’s being sold for just over £5k and I’m unsure if I would still be getting value for money like you said above – can you help?

    Thanks in advance!

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