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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.