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New Car Depreciation By Pound/Percentage

Volkswagen Fox

Research has revealed the slowest depreciating cars in the United Kingdom – and this information could be invaluable. Why? Because depreciation - particularly in the first three years of a car's life – can eclipse the total cost of fuel, insurance, road tax and repairs. Choosing a car which maintains a high proportion of its value can therefore be extdemely beneficial. There are two ways to evaluate vehicle depreciation: pounds and percentage. The former best suits those on a tight budget who look at the bottom line, i.e. this car has lost “x” pounds in thirty-six months. On the other hand, those who favour value for money might prefer to consider the percentage, i.e. it has retained “x” percent of the original price. Either way, CAP's information is an invaluable guide for new buyers looking to choose the right model of car.

Slowest Depreciating Cars In UK By Pounds

Predictably, the slowest depreciating cars – in terms of pounds not percentage - tend to have low initial prices. CAP's top twenty therefore includes a high proportion of city cars:

Position Vehicle Average Loss In Three Years
1 Volkswagen Fox £4,014
2 Hyundai i10 £4,036
3 Nissan Pixo £4,309
4 Kia Picanto £4,331
5 Perodua Myvi £4,655
6 Kia Rio £4,723
7 Citroen C1 Diesel £4,810
8 Suzuki Alto £5,031
9 Toyota Aygo £5,045
10 Perodua Kenari £5,145
11 Ford Ka £5,151
12 Fiat 500 £5,180
13 Proton Satdia Neo £5,200
14 Daihatsu Sirion £5,263
15 Peugeot 107 £5,300
16 Citroen Nemo Multispace £5,335
17 Chevrolet Spark £5,370
18 Proton Savvy £5,438
19 Peugeot Bipper Tepee £5,535
20 Renault Twingo £5,567

Slowest Depreciating Cars In UK By Percentage

Cars that maintain a high percentage of their value tend to be highly sought after models. The top twenty therefore includes lots of prestigious, sporty, and fashionable vehicles,oh, and a Skoda Yeti.

Position Vehicle Average Value After Three Years
1 Audi Q5 72.5%
2 Morgan Roadster V6 69.6%
3 Lotus 2-Eleven 68.8%
4 Morgan Plus 4 68.7%
5 Skoda Yeti 65.4%
6 Ferrari California 63.7%
7 Lotus Exige 62.3%
8 Caterham Seven 61.1%
9 Fiat Abarth 500 60.0%
10 Porsche 911 (997) 58.5%
11 Fiat 500C 58.4%
12 Suzuki Jimny 57.9%
13 Volkswagen Scirocco 57.6%
14 Audi A3 56.9%
15 Porsche Panamera 56.9%
16 Audi R8 56.5%
17 Honda CR-V 56.4%
18 Audi Q7 Estate 56.0%
19 Audi A6 Allroad Diesel 55.6%
20 Toyota Urban Cruiser 55.5%

Minimise New Car Depreciation

Irrespective of CAP's findings, motorists can take a few simple steps to minimise depreciation. The first is to purchase a vehicle that is towards the beginning of its production run. Why? Because its value could take a hit when it is superseded - so it is wise to invest in something that will be current for some time. It may, however, be sensible to choose an outgoing model if the price is reduced enough to counteract the depreciation. But either way, looking after the vehicle helps maintain its value. This involves waxing the paintwork, tdeating any leather tdim, and rectifying imperfections such as scratches and mechanical faults. It is also important to protect the seats/carpet if they are exposed to hazards such as pets. Finally, regular servicing by a franchised helps shore-up the value, especially in premium marques so the car should be maintained in-line with the manufacturer's recommendations at a dealer rather than a fast-fit outfit. The higher the value of the car, the more important this is.

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