Cars that hold value best at trade-in time

Don't Waste Your Money

When you’re buying a car, everyone wants a good deal. But there’s one part of the decision-making process many of us skip, and it can turn out very costly in the end.

When you are looking for a new ride, most of our questions concern interior space, the touchscreen and cameras, handling, and of course how soft those leather seats are.

But the website says you may also want to check the 5-year depreciation.

The site analyzed four million trade-ins, and found the vehicles with the lowest depreciation (that held their value the best) were the:

Jeep Wrangler
Toyota Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner
Nissan Frontier
Chevy Silverado
Subaru Impreza

All will bring top dollar when it’s time to unload them.

Cars that depreciate the most

But from the “doesn’t that stink” file, cars that lose the most value in five years.

Depreciating more than 65%. according to the report, are the:

Nissan Leaf
Chevy Volt
BMW 7 and 6 Series
Mercedes S and E Class

End up with a low trade in value and you may say “doesn’t that stink?”

The report claims demand is low for 5-year old electric cars and luxury sedans, as buyers worry about maintenance costs. In addition, most people who can afford top-of-the line luxury cars want them new, not five years old.

If you plan to keep a car 10 years, its five-year depreciation numbers are not that important.

But if you like to trade in every few years, check those numbers so you don’t waste your money.


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