It’s a fact of life that cars will depreciate after you purchase them. 75% of cars are now bought on finance and with many of those deals running for three years, it’s inevitable that you will have to sell or trade your car in. This leaves many people facing depreciation and potential negative equity on car finance agreements. There are some ways that you can reduce your loss so read on for some tips on how to mitigate depreciation.
What is car depreciation?
Depreciation is the difference between the amount you buy your car for and the amount that you get back when you sell it or trade it in for a new car. It depends on a few factors such as the price, the running costs and the quality of the car.
Most cars lose 50-60% of their value in the first three years of ownership, with most cars taking the biggest hit in their first year of ownership.
How can I avoid depreciation?
The biggest factor that will affect depreciation is the model of your car. Some cars are notorious for losing their value much quicker than others, so it’s important to do your research before you purchase a car.
What sort of condition your car is in is another big factor in determining the residual value of your car. Look after your car to ensure it’s in the best possible condition when you need to sell it or trade it in and you’ll get more money for your car.
Mileage will also affect the value of your car – if you’ve racked up a lot of miles then your car will be less desirable to a buyer.
Finally, fuel economy is now also a factor in determining how much your car could sell for. Decent fuel economy is one of the biggest costs that people consider when choosing a new car whilst depreciation is often overlooked. However according to research from CAP Automotive, depreciation will cost the average motorist three times as much as they spend at the petrol pump. This means it’s really important to do your research before you purchase a new car!
Buying a new or used car is the safest way to avoid the largest depreciation, with new cars losing as much as 40% of their value in the first year.
Top 5 Fastest Depreciating Cars of 2017
Renault Zoe i-Dynamic Nav Quick Charge
List price: £29,020
Depreciation after 1st year: £22,520 (77.6%)
Depreciation after 2nd year: £23,545 (81.1%)
Depreciation after 3rd year: £24,370 (84.0%)
Image Credit: Auto Express
Nissan Leaf Visia
List price: £26,180
Depreciation after 1st year: £18,880 (72.1%)
Depreciation after 2nd year: £19,955 (76.2%)
Depreciation after 3rd year: £21,105 (80.6%)
Image Credit: Auto Express
Alfa Romeo Mito 1.3 JTDM-2
List price: £16,080
Depreciation after 1st year: £11,555 (71.9%)
Depreciation after 2nd year: £12,180 (75.7%)
Depreciation after 3rd year: £12,755 (79.3%)
Image Credit: The Telegraph
Vauxhall Astra GTC 1.6 CDTi 16V ecoTec Sri
List price: £24,465
Depreciation after 1st year: £16,390 (67.0%)
Depreciation after 2nd year: £17,590 (71.9%)
Depreciation after 3rd year: £18,765 (76.7%)
Image Credit: Top Gear
Fiat Punto 1.4 Pop+
List price: £12,275
Value loss after year 1: £8,150 (66.4%)
Value loss after year 2: £8,825 (71.9%)
Value loss after year 3: £9,425 (76.8%)
Image Credit: Bristol Street Motors
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