Buying a new luxury performance car can be an exciting and very satisfying experience, but it is also quite expensive. The cost of a new car goes beyond the initial purchase price, including expenses like insurance and maintenance. Another way that new cars cost you money is through poor value retention. Here is a brief look at the rapid value depreciation of new cars:
When You Leave the Lot
Luxury and performance cars tend to depreciate very quickly, losing a great deal of value immediately after leaving the dealership. According to Edmunds.com, a new Nissan 370Z, for example, will drop in value by as much as 9% within a minute of rolling off the lot.
After One Year
A year of regular driving may not put your car through the harshest of conditions, and it will surely continue to look great and perform excellently. There is, however, a significant difference between a new car and a vehicle with a year of use when it comes to value. A Mercedes owner could expect a 2011 C-Class to be worth only 83% of its original value after the first year.
After Three Years
Once your car has spent a few years on the road, the slight wear and tear will become more apparent. Accordingly, the resale value of the car will drop even further. A 2011 Jaguar XK will sell for only 64% of its original purchase price after the first three years.
After Five Years
A luxury vehicle that has been used for five years will depreciate further, regardless of any maintenance. A five-year-old Land Rover will be worth about half of its original value. After this time, however, the rate of depreciation begins to slow, and a vehicle will hold its value better for the next few years.
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